Charla Bear is an assistant producer at Weekend Edition Sunday. She spent her first year at NPR working in the wee hours at Morning Edition. She was inspired to leave architecture and get a Master of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley after interning and working at KUOW, in Seattle. Charla has reported several freelance stories, including a two-part series on Native American boarding schools, which aired on Morning Edition. She was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and is part Tanana-Athabascan, an Alaska Native tribe.
Sarah Beyer Kelly is a senior producer with Weekend Edition. In the over 19 years she has been at National Public Radio, Sarah has worked with senior news analyst Daniel Schorr, host Scott Simon, reporters Gwen Thompkins, John Ydstie, Neil Conan and Linda Wertheimer, and with a parade of audio engineers directing the live broadcast on Saturday mornings. Some of the stories Sarah has produced for Weekend Edition include a visit to post-911 Rockaway, Queens, the controversy over DNA testing of the descendents of Sally Hemmings, interviews and performances with Derek Trucks, Neil Young, Chrissie Hynde, and Joshua Redman, a series of stories set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and a visit to the gravesite of Stonewall Jackson's arm.
Elaine Heinzman hears a lot: music, voices, machines, nature. She's listened to talk about everything from renouncing the gangster lifestyle, to Virginia voters' top concerns before the 2006 mid-term election, to life in a Louisiana oyster plant after Hurricane Katrina, to people's satisfaction with their sex lives. She's recorded the street sounds of Chicago, the musings of Woody Allen, and the waves of the Chesapeake Bay. When she's not lovingly crafting scripts and turning squiggly lines on a computer screen into the delightful sounds you hear on Weekend Edition, she's mentoring NPR interns as they produce stories for Intern Edition or college students reporting for Next Generation Radio.
Justine Kenin started at NPR as an intern for Talk of the Nation in September 1999 and refused to leave NPR. She made the move to Weekend Edition Saturday in January 2005, with a 6 month stint on All Things Considered. She'd love it if you'd subscribe to Weekend Edition Saturday's podcast, At Your Leisure.
Tony Marcano came to NPR in 2007 after nearly a quarter century as a reporter and editor for various newspapers. He???s originally from the Bronx, NY, and spends a great deal of time and money following the Mets, Giants and Knicks.