Spring 2006 Interns
Laurie Anne Agnese, National Desk
Laurie Anne Agnese is from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. and has reported for the Honolulu Weekly, Village Voice, Smart Magazine and Budget Travel Online among other publications. She graduated from Rutgers College with a degree in English and Political Science. She discovered she wanted to dedicate her life to journalism when she moved to Honolulu and had the pleasure of exploring the place as she reported. Laurie has trained for triathlons, played bridge, printed photographs in a darkroom, and moved too many times to count. She dreams of becoming a reporter for NPR's national desk and staying in one place long enough to harvest a vegetable garden.return to top
Ted Anderson, Chicago
No biography given.return to top
Keith Apple, Office of General Counsel
A native and fourth-generation Washingtonian, Keith grew up in Olney, Md., a suburb of DC with a short hiatus in Tokyo, Japan for six years. He is happy to be a city dweller again after moving to DC to attend law school at Georgetown University in 2004. Keith is currently in his second year and will be graduating in 2007. After graduation, he plans on practicing as an intellectual property and communications lawyer. Keith is excited to be working at NPR and learning from the great in-house legal team. He has also enjoyed the opportunity to sit in on a taping of his favorite NPR program, All Things Considered.
Daniel Beason, Talk of the Nation
Daniel will graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Political Science degree in May 2006. Daniel brings a variety of experience to the talk show format ranging from comic book art to political campaigns and Shakespearian theater to low-budget Hollywood film projects.return to top
Rebecca Beltran, Arts and Information Desk - NPR West
Rebecca Beltrán is an L.A. native and currently finds her home at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she will receive her B.A. in Art History and Humanities in May. She has worked at a few art galleries for two summers through the Getty Internship program. Rebecca has fond memories of her semester spent in Bonn, Germany in 2005 where she was fortunate enough to travel to 12 European countries, intern at the Frauen Museum (Women's Museum), and discover the wonder that is Nutella. She currently spends her time as Arts & Entertainment editor for her school newspaper, the Los Angeles Loyolan, where she has had the pleasure to cover theatre, music and community arts events on and off campus.
Daria Binkowski, Music Unit
Daria is a recent graduate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Her Bachelor of Music - Flute degree led her to postgraduate studies in flute performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with master instructors.return to top
Ben Brudevold-Newman, Online
Ben graduated from Wesleyan University in May where he majored in American history. After a brief stint in a law firm, where he sharpened his photocopying and Sudoku skills, Ben joined NPR Online as an Editorial Intern. While growing up abroad in Hong Kong and Singapore, Ben developed a taste for spicy foods and a passion for travel. He has traveled to 5 of the 7 continents and has had memorable brushes with death in Indonesia, Morocco, Thailand and the Alexandria 24 hour I.H.O.P. When reached for comments he responded, "It wasn't my fault." In his spare time, Ben also enjoys travel photography, Arrested Development and competitive tic-tac-toe.return to top
Kelli Cronin, Reference Library
Kelli lives in Rochester, N.Y. She is studying for her Master of Library Science degree at SUNY University at Buffalo, N.Y., where she has gained extensive library experience while involved in various library associations.return to top
Katie Daugert, Music Library
From "the other" Washington (state that is) Katie Daugert received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. After pursuing a short post-college career hanging out with her friends and waiting tables, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a librarian. Re-locating to Austin, Texas and earning a Master of Science in Information Studies made Katie wise in the ways of the Texan people, barbecue, frontage roads, indie music, student-run radio stations, beer-to-go, AND as an added bonus, the ins and outs of library science.
Adrienne D'Luna, Audience and Corporate Research
Depending on the parent you ask, sources may say that Adrienne's first word was "NPR" (but Adrienne's mother continues to insist that it was "Mama"). Adrienne grew up in the overly protective "bubble" city that is otherwise known as Irvine, C.A. with just two younger sisters, but the family since has expanded in a drastic attempt to replace her college-induced absence by acquiring a dog. In her third year now, Adrienne is majoring in English at the University of California, Berkeley because she wants to get to answer the question, "So what are you going to do with a degree in that?" as many times as possible in four years and hopefully read a few good books along the way, too. While in Berkeley, she procrastinates on her coursework by interning as a caseworker in the Student Advocate Office (a free and confidential by-students-for-students University-affiliated advocacy service), planning events for the English Undergraduate Association, and playing with various colors of her Silly Putty collection.
Ke'Yuanda Evans, News and Notes with Ed Gordon
Ke'Yuanda Evans is a senior at the University of Southern California majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Ke'Yuanda is very active in her media training, having a variety of roles such as writer, camera operator and graphic designer for the Annenberg TV News. She also has leadership roles in various membership associations, including journalism associations and her sorority.
Anna Gilliam, Creative Design
Anna is originally from the Ukraine and came to the U.S. five years ago. She lives in Massachusetts, near Boston and studies Graphic Design and Fine Arts at Bridgewater State College. Anna enjoys creating art and working with design programs. She likes swimming, riding horses, parachuting and other extreme sports or activities; but on the other side, she is quite ordinary and "homey". Anna loves good humor and considers sincere friendship the most valuable in life.
Sarah Halzack, Communications
Sarah is a senior at George Washington University double-majoring in journalism and dance. She hails from Suffield, Connecticut. Sarah has served as a contributing reporter at GW's student newspaper, The Hatchet, and has worked as a research assistant under Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Laura Sessions Stepp. She has also interned in the Communications & Marketing departments of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Sarah chose NPR's internship program because of her strong appreciation for NPR's mission and has had an affinity for their programming. She welcomes the opportunity to contribute to NPR. Her favorite NPR show is Wait,Wait…Don't Tell Me. Sarah recommends The Diner in Adams-Morgan...the grilled cheese is the best! Her dream job would be working as a dance critic for a daily newspaper.return to top
Andrew Hanna, Development
Andrew was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 14, 1983. He has two brothers and one sister. He attended a small Catholic school most of his life but graduated from Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio in June 2002. He is currently at Kent State University majoring in Electronic Media Management. Andrew dreams of gaining an internship with the Late Show with David Letterman next spring before he graduates. After that, he wants to get a job in television research.
Virginia Hughes, Science Desk
Ginny grew up in the tiny town of Marshall, M.I., before studying neuroscience at Brown University in Providence, R.I. She worked as a research assistant in Brown's Virtual Reality Laboratory (the largest in the world!), looking for patterns of human navigation by strapping large headsets to fellow students and tracking their position and they walked around the room.
Tristan Kraft, Performance Today
Tristan Kraft joins us from the University of Maryland, where he is a double major in Music Performance and English. Tristan has been writing and playing the viola since a young age and is currently a disc jockey for WMUC, the University's radio station.return to top
Laura Krantz, All Things Considered
Laura is currently a grad student in International Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS, focusing on American foreign policy. She has lived in DC for the past 5 years (with a year off in Italy) doing think tank work in chem/bio weapons nonproliferation and homeland security. Laura is originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho and went to undergrad at Whitman College in Washington (state).
Megan Larson, Day to Day
Megan is a graduate Journalism student with a focus on Broadcast Documentary from the University of Southern California. Megan has worked with Voice of America in Hong Kong, and has experience in videography and photography.return to top
Micah McClaren, Corporate Communications
Micah is from Claremore, O.K., a small town north of Tulsa. She graduated this past December from Drury University with a double major in Advertising and Public Relations and a double minor in design arts and global studies. NPR is her third internship in a communications related field and she really enjoys the work.
Sean Miller, Washington Desk
Sean is a graduate student from American University, where he majors in Journalism and Public Affairs. Prior to moving to Washington, he worked as a freelance reporter, dishwasher, waiter and campaign organizer. Sean was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and graduated from Carleton University, Ottawa in 2005 with a BA in International Relations and English.
Beth Monkarsh, Ombudsman Intern
Beth is graduating this May from the George Washington University with a double major in Journalism and Spanish Literature. She interned last semester for the Political Unit at CBS in Washington, DC. Since high school, Beth has been a volunteer for Best Buddies International, an organization dedicated to creating one-on-one friendships with people with developmental disabilities. She studied abroad her sophomore year in Madrid, Spain and is planning a return trip during spring break this year.
Aparna Nancherla, Online
Aparna Nancherla is an intern at NPR Online. She is a native of the suburbs of Virginia. She graduated from Amherst College in December 2005 with a BA in psychology. Her interests lie in media of any and all kinds, and the opportunity to work at a radio station was too good to pass up. Some of her extracurricular interests include spending time in the outdoors, dance, amateur standup comedy, and blogging. Her favorite NPR show is Morning Edition. One of her favorite websites is www.npr.org, of course. A dream job would be columnist, preferably with travel involved, but she'll take what she can get, and isn't afraid to admit it. One of her favorite quotes is by Van Gogh: "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."return to top
Vanessa Romo, Weekend Edition Saturday
Vanessa was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her BA in History with a minor in Theatre from Loyola Marymount University. She recently graduated from New York University with a Master's degree in Journalism. Vanessa has been a news anchor for WNYU-FM and has studied abroad in Germany and Mexico.
Adam Ruff, Washington Desk
Adam earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan and works as a contract attorney for Special Counsel in Washington, DC.return to top
Emily Schwing, Radio Expeditions
Emily is the intern for Radio Expeditions, a collaborative production between the National Geographic Society and NPR. She graduated from Carleton College, in Northfield, M.N., in 2005 with a degree in geology and environmental studies. While at Carleton, Emily spent two years developing her own radio series, Recycled Air, which deals with environmental issues both local and national. She was also a contributor to a bi-weekly news magazine, Periscope and played a role in the development of a student-run online news magazine.
Winyan Soo Hoo, Arts and Information Desk
Winyan Soo Hoo is from Maryland. She ventured into the world first at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism. Before NPR, Winyan managed a youth orchestra and interned at The Baltimore Sun. Winyan enjoys break dancing (b-girling), biking and exploring the art world with friends. Her dream job is to work as a reporter by day and as a baker by night. She thanks Felix Contreras and the ministry of the arts for their encouragement and support.return to top
Jennifer Stamen, Arts and Information Desk
No biography received.return to top
Ryan Sturgill, Morning Edition
Ryan is a junior International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies major at Georgetown University. Ryan is fluent in Arabic and has traveled extensively overseas, including studies in Arabic in Cairo, Egypt.return to top
Elizabeth Tannen, All Things Considered
Born, raised and destined to live in Brooklyn, NY, Elizabeth refuses to let go of her deep nostalgia for Minnesota and all its frigid glory. Especially St. Paul, where she attended Macalester College, studied some American history, and interned at Minnesota Public Radio. A passion for writing has led Elizabeth to journalism: after writing a regular opinion column in her high school paper, in college she discovered how fascinating other people were and began writing about them for the Mac Weekly. There, she clawed her way through the ranks to become its editor in chief, and for years sacrificed sleep on Wednesday nights in exchange for the glamour of a florescent lit basement and lots of collaborative editorial writing. These days Elizabeth is pondering ways to poise herself somewhere between her desire to pursue journalism and her reluctance to embark on "real life." Suggestions welcome.
Jennifer Turner, All Songs Considered
Jennifer is an American Studies and Communications double major at the American University. She has served as music editor, managing editor, Arts & Weekend writer, and columnist for the Eagle Student Newspaper at American University.return to top
Janel White, Broadcast Library
Originally an eastern Pennsylvania resident, Janel White has recently relocated to the DC Metro area after receiving her Masters of Library Science from Drexel University in December 2005. She has spent the past five years living in southwestern Connecticut fine tuning her system analysis skills and learning the inner workings of health care benefits at a human resources consulting firm. In her spare time, Janel tutored adults in basic literacy and toured the world with the Fairfield County Chorale. She hopes one day to use her research and computer skills to find a job abroad in England. A patron of the arts, Janel is learning how NPR catalogues its music collection in the Broadcast Library.return to top
Meagan White, Science Desk
Meagan is graduating this May from Johns Hopkins with a Masters in Science Writing. In 2005 she received a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Gettysburg College. Meagan has also studied abroad in Spain. She loves running, writing, and science.
Catherine Xu, Audience and Corporate Research
Catherine is a senior at Georgetown University studying Political Economy. Her interests include performing arts, reading, traveling, and gourmet food - a profile that sounds suspiciously similar to most NPR listeners. She works at the "other building", with Audience and Corporate Research and analyzes survey data collected from NPR listeners. Catherine is a native Chinese speaker and also reads Spanish fairly well. She has an U2 iPod that carries a variety of music genres, including but not limited to renaissance, classical, opera, jazz as well as alternative, rock, R&B, techno, Chinese pop and video game soundtracks.
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