Bridget Kelley is a Supervising Senior Producer at NPR. She is currently working with Member Station WBUR on the re-launch of its mid-day program, Here & Now, in collaboration with NPR and member stations. She comes to this collaboration after three years at the helm of Weekend Edition, where she was responsible for the planning and programming of the Saturday and Sunday morning programs.
Kelley joined NPR in 1994 as a temporary editorial assistant at Morning Edition. She worked her way up through the ranks on the show serving as swing editor, update editor, supervising editor and supervising senior editor. As supervising senior editor, Kelley managed the editorial staff and worked with hosts, editors and producers to develop news stories and features for the program. She was responsible for writing and editing breaking news coverage, as well as coordinating special series and events. In 2010, she was appointed to her current position at Weekend Edition.
Over the years, Kelley has helped shape NPR's coverage of major news stories, including Hurricane Katrina, terrorist attacks, the earthquake in Haiti, U.S. presidential elections and the uprising in Egypt. Kelley brought newsmakers, authors, artists and musicians to NPR programming, and edited and produced interviews with guests such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Michael J. Fox and Eli and Peyton Manning.
In 2009, Kelley was one of twelve journalists selected to participate in the International Reporting Project: Gatekeeper Trip to Turkey. During this project, which provides opportunities for journalists report on critical issues oversees that are under covered in the United States, Kelley traveled to Turkey and focused on the country's strategic position and tensions between secular and religious interests. She met and talked with senior Turkish government officials, business and religious leaders, scholars, and journalists.
Prior to working at NPR, Kelley served as a freelance reporter and producer in London and later in Washington, D.C. Living in London during the Persian Gulf War she developed an interest in Iraqi opposition groups and reported from Turkey and Northern Iraq in the aftermath of the war.
Kelley graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and History.