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The 'Morning Edition' Staff

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You've met the hosts of Morning EditionSteve Inskeep, Rachel Martin and David Greene. Who else works on the show? Here are some brief bios:

Reena Advani is an associate editor. She books guests, writes copy for the hosts and edits interviews. Reena was part of the team responsible for the show's special series marking 1979 as a seminal year in the Muslim world. She has brought a variety of voices to Morning Edition's air — including Jordan's King Abdullah II, tennis stars Andre Agassi and Serena Williams, former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei, onetime California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, actor Robert Duvall, and many authors and chefs. Prior to joining Morning Edition, Reena was a producer on NPR's foreign desk for 10 years. Reena is an East West Center fellow and participated in its first U.S.-Korea journalists' exchange. She has trained journalists in Nepal and serves as a mentor to Asian-American journalists.

Chinita Anderson is an assistant editor. She conceived the 2012 music series "Summer Jams." Before joining NPR, she worked at Dow Jones Newswires and taught English in Japan. Chinita has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, India, Europe, Australia and Southern Africa. Her areas of expertise are African-American-related topics, feminism and womanism, theater, pop culture, European monarchies and international travel. She tweets @npranderson.

Claudine Ebeid joined Morning Edition as a producer and editor in 2014. She got her start at NPR nine years before that on Weekend Edition, where she went was a producer and director, working on interviews with leading politicians, authors and musicians. Claudine worked on All Things Considered where she focused on international news andproducing high profile interviews with world leaders. At All Things Considered, Claudine also produced breaking news coverage of major events such as the Boston Marathon bombing and the 2013 coup in Egypt. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism from Emerson College, Claudine began her journalism career as an editorial assistant for Voice of America. She has also worked as a producer for NPR member station WBUR in Boston.

Alyssa Edes is a production assistant. She books guests, writes scripts, and generally has a grand time. Before joining the show, Alyssa worked at WBUR, covering breaking news for the station's newscast department. She also interned at the TED Radio Hour. While attending Emerson College in Boston, she interned at WBEZ, The Boston Globe and WGBH. When she's not making radio, she's lounging at a coffee shop or plotting her next adventure. Alyssa tweets @alyssaedes.

Sarah Gilbert is the executive producer. She began her career in journalism at ITN in London, then moved to senior field production roles on the BBC's International desk. While based out of London she covered the 2003 conflict in Iraq, then moved to Brussels to cover breaking news across continental Europe. She was next stationed in Washington D.C., from where she led the corporation's cross-platform election coverage in 2008. She went on to serve as executive producer for Americana, the weekly news and culture show broadcast from Washington, DC. Sarah returned to NPR in 2014 from Marketplace in Los Angeles, where she was managing editor. She became the executive producer of Morning Edition in 2015.

Barry Gordemer is an award-winning senior producer. He has helped produce coverage of two Persian Gulf wars, presidential elections, the Sept. 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. He's also produced many of the show's profiles of actors, musicians and writers. In 1999, Barry received special recognition from the George Foster Peabody Awards. A year later he created sound effects for and performed on the CD Dreamosaurus. It received a Grammy nomination for best musical album for kids.

Danny Hajek is an assistant producer. Before joining NPR, he worked at member station WGLT in Normal, Ill., where he hosted a late-night jazz show. After graduating from Illinois State University, he interned at NPR West on the national desk, then worked on Weekend All Things Considered where he was the lead producer on the series, "My Big Break." One of his most memorable interviews from that series was with Betty White. He tweets @dannyhajek

Taylor Haney, a news assistant, started at Morning Edition as an intern in 2014. He came to NPR via KPCC in Pasadena, Calif., where he reported on public officials' water use during the California drought. His alma maters are the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Amherst College. He is a lifelong musician. As a performer, the best crowd he ever had was in a monastery. He tweets @thetaylorhaney.

Miranda Kennedy is Morning Edition's senior editor. She has led elections coverage for the show in 2016, including the projects "The View From" and "Divided States." She is the author of the 2011 memoir Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India, based on her five years as a reporter in India. During that time she was based in New Delhi and covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan for both Marketplace and NPR. She is currently writing a second book about religious belief, and serves as journalist-in-residence at the School of International Service at American University, where she sometimes teaches writing to graduate students.

Kevin Leahy is an associate producer. He's arranged interviews with newsmakers both high-profile and low-profile and musicians both professional and amateur. Kevin has produced interviews with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and represented Morning Edition at both national political conventions in 2012. In January 2015, he traveled to Guinea for 10 days to produce NPR's coverage of the Ebola outbreak there. Kevin also directs the program, meaning he chooses the music breaks and conducts the live broadcast from the control room. He tweets @kevindleahy.

David McGuffin joined Morning Edition as a line editor in 2011. He brings to his work a deep knowledge of and interest in international affairs, having spent 13 years working as a foreign correspondent based in Moscow, Beijing, Rome and Nairobi, primarily for CBC News. He has reported from conflict zones in Afghanistan, Somalia, Darfur and Congo and covered events as wide-ranging as the FIFA World Cup and G-8 economic summits. He also spent a year and a half setting up a radio news service in South Sudan. This is his second tour in Washington, D.C., having gotten his start in journalism at the PBS NewsHour, back when it was still MacNeil/Lehrer. Don't get him started about hockey.

Lauren Migaki is associate producer and occasionally directs the program. Since joining NPR in 2010, she has produced breaking news stories and interviews, including coverage of the Arab Spring, elections, and the Boston Marathon bombing. Lauren has worked on interviews with politicians, musicians, authors and filmmakers. In 2014, she traveled to Crimea with David Greene to help report on the Russian takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula. Lauren used to produce Pop Culture Happy Hour. She tweets @lmigaki.

Emily Ochsenschlager is a producer and editor. She began her career at NPR in the fall of 2003 and since then has helped produce coverage of the 2004 hurricane season, 2004 and 2006 elections, Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast oil spill. Emily has also helped produce her share of interviews with musicians, authors and politicians. Emily is a 2003 graduate of the University of the South (Yea, Sewanee's Right!). When she's not producing radio pieces, you can find her running on the many trails of Washington, D.C.

Ammad Omar is an editor and producer. His responsibilities include ensuring the editorial integrity and vision of the program and crafting segments with hosts and producers. Ammad started at NPR in 2011, when he became an editor at Tell Me More with Michel Martin. He regularly participated in the program's signature Barbershop roundtables — discussing politics, sports and pop culture — and in weekly letters-to-the-editor segments. Prior to that, he was a freelance reporter, host, producer and editor at WBEZ in Chicago. Ammad started his career anchoring evening news broadcasts at the satellite TV station Indus Vision in Karachi, Pakistan. He has an unhealthy obsession with the University of Michigan football team, which not coincidentally shares a campus and name with the college Ammad attended.

Vince Pearson, a producer, joined the show in 2006. His responsibilities include editing and producing pieces, directing, and coordinating the show's music coverage. Before Morning Edition, Vince worked at All Things Considered for a year. And prior to that, he worked at NPR stations in California, Utah and Washington, D.C.

Arezou Rezvani is an assistant editor. She graduated in 2012 as a dean's scholar from the USC Annenberg Graduate School of Journalism, where she reported on the underground beef market in India, the challenges faced by an emerging class of entrepreneurs in Cuba, and the treatment of the minority Kurdish population in eastern Turkey. Previously, Arezou was a project associate at the Knight Digital Media Center, an organization that provides new media training for journalists at all levels. Before that, she was the educational outreach associate for the Emmy Award-winning film company Promises Films. She speaks Persian and conversational French. She tweets @ArezouRezvani

Justin Richmond is an apprentice journalist. Justin works overnight with Renee Montagne at NPR West. He came to the show straight from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he worked with both KQED and KALW as a freelancer on several pieces, helped produce some episodes of Dan Aykroyd's music and interview show The Bluesmobile, and started a podcast, The Upshot. His crowning achievement: co-hosting The History of Funk on KPFA. Justin also spent some time with Smiley & West and occasionally writes for Wax Poetics. He tweets, when he feels like it, @JustJRichmond.

Shannon Rhoades started with Morning Edition in 2000, working with Susan Stamberg (her first day on the job was spent at the National Gallery of Art, and she knew it was a happy match). She is now a senior supervising editor based at NPR West. Shannon covers books, movies and television but has also edited Renee Montagne's coverage from Afghanistan, Steve Inskeep's road trip along the U.S.-Mexico border and David Greene's reporting from Cuba. She tweets @Shannon_Rhoades

Gabriela Saldivia is a production assistant and occasionally directs the show. Gabriela developed her love for radio in college at Michigan State University's student station WDBM and at Lansing member station WKAR. In past lives, she produced documentaries and participated in NPR's Next Generation Radio project. She tweets, mostly when working the overnight shift @_gsaldivia.

Cara Tallo is the show's deputy executive producer. She collaborates with show and desk managers to program the daily show and set priorities for future coverage. Cara also coordinates story assignments and staffing for the 24-hour-a-day, six-day-a-week staff. Before assuming her current role, she worked as Morning Edition overnight supervisory producer.

Lindsay Totty is an associate producer/director. He's the guy responsible for selecting the music that airs at the end of each segment. Lindsay started in radio as a DJ on the campus station at Amherst College, where he studied English and graduated magna cum laude. He live tweets concerts he goes to and explains the jokes behind the music interludes @lindsaytotty.

Ashley Westerman is a production assistant and occasionally directs the show. Since joining the staff in June 2015, she has helped produce coverage of all sorts of notable happenings — including the European migrant crisis and the 2016 presidential campaign. Ashley convinced the show to cover a coal mine closing near her hometown. Ages ago (2011) Ashley was a summer intern with Morning Edition and pitched a story on her very first day. She went on to work as reporter and host for member station 89.3 WRKF in Baton Rouge, La., where she earned awards covering everything from health care to jambalaya. Ashley is a two-time reporting fellow with the International Center for Journalists. Through its programs, she has covered labor issues in her home country of the Philippines for NPR and health care in Appalachia for Voice of America. Ashley was born in the Philippines but grew up in Kentucky. She tweets @NPRAshley.