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Robb Hill
Petra Mayer (2015)
Robb Hill

Petra Mayer

Editor

Petra Mayer is an editor (and the resident nerd) at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction. She brings to the job passion, speed-reading skills, and a truly impressive collection of Doctor Who doodads. You can also hear her on the air, and on the occasional episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour.

Previously, she was an associate producer and director for All Things Considered on the weekends. She handled all of the show's books coverage, and she was also the person to ask if you wanted to know how much snow falls outside NPR's Washington headquarters on a Saturday, how to belly dance, or what pro wrestling looks like up close and personal.

Mayer originally came to NPR as an engineering assistant in 1994, while still attending Amherst College. After three years spending summers honing her soldering skills in the maintenance shop, she made the jump to Boston's WBUR as a newswriter in 1997. Mayer returned to NPR in 2000 after a roundabout journey that included a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a two-year stint as an audio archivist and producer at the Prague headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. She still knows how to solder.

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Remembering Lois Duncan, The Queen Of Teen Suspense

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Forgotten Beatrix Potter Tale Of 'Kitty-In-Boots' To Be Published

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With 'Sophia,' A Forgotten Suffragette Is Back In The Headlines

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'Sad Puppies' Fail To Stuff Ballot Box At Hugo Awards

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As More Women, Minorities Win Hugos, 'Sad Puppies' Blast Sci-Fi Awards

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Beverly Jenkins says her mission is to write about the parts of black history you don't learn in school — and wrap them up in a good love story. Greg Anthony hide caption

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Beverly Jenkins Wraps Bitter History In Sweet Romance

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Want To Get Inside Your Favorite Show? Go To Comic-Con

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One of screenwriter Nicole Perlman's next projects is a comic based on Gamora, the green-skinned killer played by Zoe Saldana in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel Studios hide caption

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She Was Groot: After A Galactic Hit, Marvel Screenwriter Tackles Comics

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

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