NPR's Summer 2004 Interns
Intern Bios: N - Z
Josh Payne, Arts & Information
Josh Payne recently earned his master's from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In Columbia's radio workshop, Josh had a great time covering New York City's waterfront and working on a weekly radio program.
For the past five years Josh has worked as a talent coordinator at "Saturday Night Live." His duties there include taking care of SNL's hosts and casting background actors.
Before his career in television, Josh received his bachelor's from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. It was there that Josh realized he was much more interested in broadcasting than in investment banking or management consulting. While at Penn, Josh was president of the parliamentary debate team and spent a fantastic semester in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Josh lives with his wife in Hoboken, N.J.
Jen Pearl, Communications/Publicity
& Special Events
Jen Pearl is known for asking a lot of questions during group meetings at NPR. She says, "I learned that from my grandmother who always told me, 'God gave you a mouth -- use it!'"
Jen loves people, new experiences, new cultures and dancing. She also enjoys finding random things to do and see. Most recently, she followed a Chinese drum band around D.C.'s Eastern Market and went on a hiking trip with strangers her parents' age. She is also learning Vietnamese from her roommate.
One of the biggest life lessons Jen has learned is to never assume anything about people. She envisions working in the non-profit sector. Her dream job is to travel, learn about other cultures and languages and help people. Overall, Jen tries to live by the motto: Live long, love lots and laugh your a#$ off!
Tiffany Reed, Information Technology
Tiffany has interned at the District of Columbia
Public Schools' office of career and technology
education; the state technology office in
Tallahassee, Florida; and the Bureau of Engraving
and Printing in Washington, D.C. She plans
to return to school to pursue a master's in
management information systems. She spends
her extra time as an assistant coach to her
former junior high school cheerleading team
and volunteers with a local summer reading
Tamara Robinson, Elections Desk
In her spare time, Tamara writes for a policy website, blackpolicy.org, a non-partisan site that looks at legislation affecting African-Americans. The site is operated by the Center for African-American Policy at the University of Denver, which happens to be run by her former boss (the Colorado senator).
Julie Rosenthal, Science Desk
Elizabeth Spainhour, Legal division
Emilia Stefanczyk, Member and Program
Emilia Stefanczyk is a senior communications/mass
media major at New York University. Last summer
she interned with a NY/LA public relations
and management firm, Full Picture. She is
bilingual in English and Polish and avidly
studies French in the hopes of soon becoming
fluent in a third language. She loves watching
and reading about independent and foreign
films, visiting art galleries in Chelsea and
Julia Taylor, All Things Considered
A DC native, Julia is happy to be back for now. As for the future, she is of course considering many possibilities. She dreams of reporting on the locals in a tiny New England town and of becoming a foreign affairs stringer in Buenos Aires. Through all this, she is quite certain she will stick with journalism. That way, she can indulge a temporary passion for whatever story she is covering and soon move on to the next.
Craig Tello, Business Development
Despite countless efforts of others to disparage
the Garden State, Craig forever maintains
that Jersey is the one true place where troubles
melt like (somewhat bitter) lemon drops.
Katie Wooley, Audience and Corporate
Julie Yen, Day to Day
Aside from her radio addiction, she has written investigative news, features, and opinion pieces for Teen Newsweek, The Stanford Daily, The San Diego Union-Tribune, North County Times and The San Diego Reader. A former editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper, Julie also founded, edited and designed a national student magazine about Asian-American youth issues and is now an assistant editor for the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs.
Determined to travel the world, Julie has visited England and Taiwan, once served as a U.S. delegate to Korea and aspires to study in France and Italy. In August, she will bring her camera on her next excursion -- a seminar tracing the Silk Road through Northwest China -- to create a photo documentary. An avid student of contemporary art, Julie enjoys sketching, graphic design and experimenting with digital photography. In addition, she is always up for indulging in white mochas, the occasional 13,000-foot skydive, improvisational dance and a good laugh.
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