BIOS



Photos by Jason Hesch, Adeline Goss and Bettina Wiesenthal-Birch.

Alex Caldwell


Online



Alex has recently been converted to NPR - she credits years of attempted conditioning by her father. One of the main reasons she switched was because NPR's programming offers a fresh political perspective, in contrast to the sometimes stodgy radio alternatives at home in Raleigh, NC.

Alex is now in her last year at George Washington University, where she is majoring in English abd Creative Writing with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. When she's not in school in D.C. or at home in Dixie, she's off in a world of her own - reading anything she can get her hands on. She just got back from Ireland, visiting Frank McCourt in his childhood through "Angela's Ashes." Next, she'll travel around the globe with Borges, trying to figure out what the heck he's talking about - in Spanish. Alex's favorite author is David Sedaris, who intensifies her love of all things North Carolina and her growing affection for NPR.

Alex is excited to be working at NPR with the Digital Media division, gaining more journalistic experience every day and trying her hardest to sound exactly like Michele Norris.


Rob Charnley


Performance Today



Rob graduated from the University of Mary Washington in May 2006 with a B.A. in History. He was a member of the UMW Electronic Music Collective, an independent study devoted to learning basic studio techniques and creating MIDI masterpieces.

From Big Pun to Bach, B.B. to Beck, Boom Bap to Bluegrass and everything in between, Rob actively seeks music that represents the differing attitudes and spirits of this space/time continuum. In addition to working at Performance Today, he is looking forward to offering a fresh musical perspective to Intern Edition as its Musical Director.

Loving the Redskins, hating the Redskins (and loving them again), a day on the links, Mexican food, live music, reading and catching a high pocket pair rounds out a fairly typical list of interests. He currently resides in relative obscurity in his hometown of Berryville, VA.


Erika Engelhaupt


Science Desk



Erika Engelhaupt is working toward her goal of becoming the world's most highly educated intern. She completed her second Master's degree a few months ago at the University of Colorado, where she studied journalism and all things environmental. There, she nourished her passion for writing about science and the environment. Her previous master's degree was in ecology at Tulane University in New Orleans, the city she calls home.

The simple fact of "home" took on new meaning for Erika last year after Hurricane Katrina. Living in Colorado at the time, she felt far from home and listening to NPR helped her feel more connected. Since the storm, she's stuck with the habit of dragging a little white battery-powered radio around her apartment with her at all times, always tuned to NPR. These days, she subjects everyone she meets to long diatribes on the beauty of a flat, hot, sticky and soulful place. In part to thank NPR reporters for their role in telling the story of her drowned city, she offers her services for free as an intern.


Josh Figueira


National Desk



Josh was raised in Bountiful, UT, and worked in both public and commercial radio before beginning his internship at NPR. Growing up he spent his time playing soccer and drumming for the local band The Dukes of Funk, whose music he describes as "aural Dadaism," in that it was "frequently misunderstood and not widely accepted as legitimate art."

Josh spent two years in Korea as an LDS missionary before attending Brigham Young University, where he graduated with a degree in English Language and Linguistics. He is an unapologetic republican and an avid country music fan, a combination that virtually guarantees he will not be invited to a single social event for the duration of his internship. In all seriousness, he is very thankful for the many kind and patient NPR employees who have taken time to teach and mentor him as he continues to look for his "niche" in the world of radio.


Mark Giangreco


All Things Considered



Growing up in Evanston, IL, Mark Giangreco was introduced to radio broadcasting at an early age when he discovered his father, a local sportscaster, talking to himself in the family's attic. A microphone linked to a Chicago radio station apparently made this behavior socially acceptable.

In high school, Mark served as news director the school's radio station (WNTH). He also hosted a reggae and rock radio show with his best friend, Jack ("White Lightning").

Based solely on tapes from the WNTH archives, the admissions office of Harvard University admitted Mark. As a junior, he spent a semester at the University of Bologna, where he studied Italian film and learned to supplement his speech with elaborate gestures. He was released from Harvard - despite his fervent protestations - in June 2006, with a degree in American History and Literature. Mark spent the following summer wandering Sicily, writing for the travel guide Let's Go, before landing at NPR. In his spare time he reads lots of short fiction, plays ice hockey a bit too competitively, and argues about movies with his two younger brothers.


Amanda Gill


Washington Desk - Nina Totenberg



After Harvard, where she studied literature and philosophy, and prior to her internship at NPR, Amanda Gill worked for three years at the New York Review of Books as an editorial assistant and with its publishing imprint New York Review Books, where she helped bring wonderful out-of-print classics back into print - sometimes in new translation, and always with new context given by contemporary writers.

Next year Amanda will be back in New York, still dazzled by the language of legal affairs, public life, and the great people at NPR. She encourages anyone reading this to listen to the brilliant oral arguments at the Supreme Court, which are taped for the national archives.


Adeline Goss


Executive Producer, Intern Edition



Growing up, Addie Goss rebelled against L.A. by driving to the desert, where she could be alone with NPR and away from the people who teased her for listening. She joined Brown Student Radio (BSR) minutes into her freshman year, where she learned to create documentary radio with a Nixon-era mixer, a bicycle, and the smallest state in the nation.

Addie has since produced for NPR's The Connection during a 2005 internship and reported for NPR's Next Generation Radio in Kansas City. Her most lasting project was founding Off the Beat, BSR's first local news show. From 2004-2006 she trained and deployed reporters, field produced, reported, edited, hosted and mixed the weekly half-hour show, and barely slept. Off the Beat has been recognized by Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Addie sees radio as an excuse to talk to anybody and everybody. In recent years she followed marathon runners through Death Valley in 125°F heat, interviewed Katrina survivors in New Orleans, and boarded a quahogger's skiff in Narragansett Bay. Most recently, she rode her bicycle - yes, bicycle - 4,000 miles across America with a microphone in her backpack. She has a running bet that, before leaving DC, she will interview someone operating a crane. If prompted, Addie will rave about radio's immediacy, its simplicity, and its power to evoke empathy. Her goal for 2007 is to start reporting for public radio - and, not surprisingly, she'll go anywhere to make it happen.


Jason Hesch


Audience and Corporate Research



Born and raised in the eclectic city of Miami, FL, Jason is fond of the beautiful weather his hometown offers (which makes everybody envious when he gets to return home for winter breaks). Politics drew Jason to American University, where the students are ranked among the most politically active in the nation.

At AU, Jason is active in the College Democrats and Student Government. His degree in Political Science allows him to receive course credit for a Congressional internship, so he is now an expert on giving tours of the Capitol. An avid listener of NPR, he applied for the internship this fall to glimpse the inner workings of public radio. Jason hopes to someday work as a Congressional Aide.


Eric Johnson


All Things Considered



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David Kates


Arts and Information Desk (NPR West)



David Kates interns at the arts desk at NPR West and works as an archives assistant at the Crossroads School Library. He is a second year Masters in Broadcast Journalism student at the University of Southern California. Last summer, he reported for a newsmagazine on Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa. Previous to that he volunteered on construction sites in Thailand and Costa Rica.

In 2004, David participated in an audio documentary institute at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. he has a B.A. in American studies and sociology from Dickinson College and worked for nearly four years with an educational database in suburban Washington, D.C. David's also an avid fan of documentary film, carrot cake and becoming fluent in Spanish.


Amanda Krohn


Legal



Amanda Krohn was born and raised in Coral Springs, Florida. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Florida; she is currently a third-year student at The George Washington University Law School. Previous work experiences include three years in the United States Senate and a summer associate position at a New York law firm.

Lindsey Larson


Radio Expeditions



Growing up in a rural setting north of Boston, Lindsey has been busy enjoying the DC hubbub. Entering her internship with no prior radio experience, she has been challenged to adapt to this fast-paced atmosphere. Currently a senior at Dartmouth College majoring in environmental studies, the Radio Expeditions internship is proving to be the perfect intersection between her interests in contemporary environmental and social issues and journalism.

An orchestral flute player since high school, Lindsey takes great pleasure in creating good music. Other notable pastimes include dabbling in her large dahlia plot and spending quality time with her pet chickens. She also tends to strike up conversations with random people on the street, which upsets her mother greatly, but helps to satisfy her fascination with other peoples' stories.


Kyle Lowden


Communications - Media Relations



Kyle Lowden, a recent graduate from the St. Andrews University in Scotland (that's a lie, he graduated from Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL), is originally from Canada (ridiculous lie: he's really from Fort Wayne, IN). He is probably best known for discovering the band Flock of Seagulls (complete fabrication). While attending Blackburn, Kyle spent several years working for the office of Public Relations and where he was often called "Publications Master" (mild exaggeration, but his boss did call him a variety of names...bad names). He also acted as the Media/Public Relations Representative for the Carlinville Chamber of Commerce and 2005 winter festival (more of a market than a festival but we'll let it slide).

Kyle was actually in charge of collecting and editing the Intern Bios (okay, that's true) and did not have time to write a genuinely comedic bio (obviously).


Vicky Markovitz


All Songs Considered



Vicky Markovitz is a senior journalism major at the University of Maryland. She fell in love with music in elementary school, when she started playing piano, danced to "Crocodile Rock" around her best friend's house and saw The Beach Boys in concert. In college, she and her roommate had a radio show called Hang the DJ (after lyrics from The Smiths' "Panic") on which they played a range of genres, including jazz, blues, folk, rock, punk, rap, indie, country, and world.

Shel Silverstein's poetry inspired her to start writing in elementary school. She jumpstarted her journalism career reporting for the features section of her college paper and interning at publications such as USA TODAY. She adores features, because she gets to experience arts events and glimpse into people's lives.

At NPR, she is supposed to listen to music all day, attend concerts and talk to people (well, her bosses) on AIM, so the adjustment hasn't been too difficult.


Erin Martinko


Legal



Erin Martinko was born in Petersburg, VA but raised in Newark, NY. She received her bachelor's degree in Government from Cornell University and is currently a second-year student at George Mason University School of Law. Erin made it to GMU just in time to qualify for a student ticket to see the Patriots basketball team in the famous 2006 Final Four appearance.

Politics brought Erin to Washington, DC. Before returning to student life, she worked for six years on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant and eventually Legislative Director for an Ohio Congressman. While an undergrad, Erin got a taste of European political affairs as well during an internship with a German Member of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

Erin grew up listening to NPR and is very excited to be working as a legal intern this semester with her favorite media outlet. When she isn't at NPR, studying, or working as a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, she and her husband enjoy running. They have completed two marathons together and look forward to many more.


Julia Moss


Elections Desk



Julia Moss, the internationally acclaimed Scrabble player and tone deft Karaoke singer, came to NPR in the fall of 2006 to pursue a career in board making. She enjoys her collection of rubber cement bottles and her paper cutter that she stole from the reference library (please do not report her as she is already in trouble for taking scissors).

When she isn't stealing office supplies at NPR, Julia occasionally attends classes at George Washington University where she is a full time student studying Political Communications. She is also the co-President of a children's cancer organization called Buzzing 4 Change. She knows all the "q" words that don't need a "u," how to make kugel, and too much information about the midterm elections. She is from Los Angeles, so climate changes scare/confuse her.

Julia is obsessed with "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me" and has called in numerous times but has never been a contestant. She took this internship to manipulate the system but has yet to figure out how.



Chris Schonberger


Weekend All Things Considered



Chris Schonberger, aka "Gritz," hails originally from the District, but he took a 12-year hiatus from Connecticut the avenue to graze the greener pastures of Connecticut the state. He has no experience in radio, but he was weaned on NPR in the backseat of his mom's van. His dream is to one day have his own chat show where he will discuss a wide range of issues from "politics" to "what happens if you just eat chips." In the past, Chris has interned at The Daily Telegraph in London and written a weekly column for The Harvard Crimson. Finally, he spent three summers working for the budget travel series Let's Go, researching in the Midwest and Northern Ireland and editing the 2005 edition of Let's Go: USA.

Chris is excited to be working on Weekend Edition Saturday and looks forward to reporting on the Rock Paper Scissors Championships in Toronto for Intern Edition. If radio falls through, he will write a book with his brother about their quest to find the best nachos in America.



Joanna Stein


Morning Edition



Joanna Stein spent her young adulthood making noise on flute, Zimbabwean marimba and bagpipe. At the tender age of 20, after a lifetime of radio fandom, she decided it would be nice to record sounds too. Since then Joanna has worked with KBOO community radio and WMCN at Macalester College. She has recorded sound portraits of a Mystery Hole, a blackberry pie and taken her microphone past customs and into Morocco and Israel. Joanna graduated in 2006 from Macalester College with a degree in English.


Julia Sterne


Communications - Corporate Communications



A native of Columbia, Maryland, Julia is a recent graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland, a beautiful public school in the south of the state. Her degree is in English, with minors in French and Music.

In college, Julia was actively involved in the vocal music department and hopes to find a local group through which she can continue her musical pursuits. By a stroke of good fortune, she also had the amazing experience of studying abroad in Montpellier, France in the Spring of 2005.

While Julia excels in oral communication of the conversational kind, she also enjoys baking and would describe herself as a voracious reader. Among her goals are earning a salary and gaining health care coverage, though she also dreams of one day owning a cozy coffee shop or hosting a show on the Food Network.

Julia is a member of the Communications Team for Intern Edition and handles internal promotion, as well as the planning and organization of the IE premiere.


Shaleem Thompson


Programming - The Michel Martin Show



Born the first grandchild in a huge family, Shaleem was welcomed with open arms by all on April 12, 1984 in Trinidad. Her thirst for knowledge exasperated her family at times, as she trailed behind them constantly asking, "Why? How?"

Shaleem now realizes that this habit planted the small seeds that would later blossom into her passion for journalism. At the age of 15, she took her first radio internship at WEFM in Trinidad. In 2004, she received a scholarship to Howard University. Her first semester there, she was hired as a news anchor for the student-run radio station WHBC AM. A year later, she became a staff writer for the Hilltop newspaper and also landed an internship with NBC4 in Washington. Shaleem knows that her journey has just begun, but she believes that her unique cultural background - her father is a radio reporter back home in Trinidad - has helped her adapt and excel in any situation.

Shaleem is motivated every day by the following quote from an anonymous writer: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world."

Jonathan Wellemeyer


Arts and Information Desk



Jonathan is a recent graduate of Vassar College (May 2006) with a B.A. in English Literature. With a focus in non-traditional, nonlinear narrative (i.e. video games) and Urban Studies, he uses every chance he gets to plug his undergraduate thesis on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas(a Critical Race Theory Analysis). Born in Washington DC, he has been a Silver Spring, Maryland resident for the last twenty years.

Although he has no experience in radio and hasn't explored journalism since high school, Jonathan comes from a long line of diehard NPR listeners (he most likely began listening in-utero) and looks forward to delving into the changing face of media and the fascinating topics under discussion at the Arts Desk. He also loves to tinker with computers and (attempt to) play a variety of instruments in addition to being an avid reader and 'wannabe' cinema buff.


Carrie Wolfson


Talk of the Nation



Carrie Wolfson first got a taste for public radio in Vermont where she grew up listening to classic NPR programming and local staples on her member station. In college, she experienced radio from inside the studio as a student DJ at KRLX 88.1 FM. There, she and her co-hosts braved 3 AM program slots, intoxicated hecklers and technological glitches to bring music to local airwaves.

In June she graduated from Carleton College magna cum laude with a degree in English Literature. Before arriving in Washington DC she spent much of the summer clad in pirate garb, instructing youngsters at sleep-away camp in drama, bug-hunting and arts & crafts. She has also interned with Howard Dean's primary campaign and Boston-based publisher Beacon Press. With no prior journalism experience, Carrie is elated at the chance to branch out into radio this fall.


Afton Woodward


Online



Afton Lorraine Woodward, who hails from Overland Park, KS, graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, MD in 2006 with a degree in English and Creative Writing. Having journalism experience from her high school and college newspapers, she was hired as a page designer for the Washington Examiner and moved to Alexandria, VA (a lovely town with plenty of dogs and karaoke bars). She adores writing, copyediting and indie music, and hopes one day to find a paying job that combines all three.


Bertina Yu


Washington Desk



Bertina Yu is a recent graduate of Indiana University and has a master's degree in Public Affairs. Friends and family have described her as "intense, quirky, sweet, witty, and sassy." She is a voracious reader, has an obsessive interest in movies, and is in love with the performing arts. She hopes to one day be a host on her own travel show, which incidentally was inspired by watching many episodes of "Globe Trekker" in college.

Bertina swears that she must have been tuned into National Public Radio since birth. The only station that her mom listened to in the car was the local NPR station, so growing up, Bertina didn't have a lot of musical choices. It was either classical music and NPR programs or if her dad was the one in the car, she was stuck with easy listening. After some years of adolescent rebellion, she discovered her own love of NPR and her favorite shows include "Fresh Air" and "Radio Expeditions."