Award-winning public radio reporter and host Rebecca Roberts is currently a substitute host for NPR News programs including Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, and Weekend Edition Sunday. Roberts returned to her hometown of Washington, DC, in 2006 to host WETA-FM's The Intersection, a news talk show which had her leading discussions on social, political, economic and cultural trends affecting the Greater Washington area. (The Intersection ended when WETA returned to a classical music format in early 2007.) Before returning to Washington, Roberts hosted Your Call on KALW-FM in San Francisco, a local call-in show covering politics and culture.
In addition to her hosting duties, Roberts is a tenacious reporter in search of good stories. She's "interviewed" dairy cows and transgenic goats, spent the night on a freezing mountaintop with amateur astronomers, sweated through Bikram yoga, and investigated Icelandic geysers in high heels. Her work has been heard on programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend America, and Talk of the Nation.
For four years, Roberts was the technology reporter for The World, a co-production of Public Radio International, The BBC, and WGBH Boston. She also hosted Springboard, an Emmy-nominated public television series exploring the intersection of technology and society, produced at KQED-TV San Francisco. Roberts was the founding producer of Beyond Computers, a nationally distributed weekly public radio program about humans and computers. And while she is in fact a computer geek, covering technology has allowed her to vicariously satisfy her geek instincts without actually having to do the work herself.
Roberts got her start in radio working for Shorr & Associates, a political media firm in Philadelphia. She holds a B.A. in political science from Princeton University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Dan Hartman, an investment banker, their three grubby little boys, and a dog named Frog.