Jack Speer is a newscaster at NPR. In this role he reports, writes, edits and produces live, hourly updates airing during NPR programming.
Prior to joining the Newscast Unit in 2007, Speer was a correspondent on NPR's Business Desk. For nearly a decade he covered the nation's top business and economic news ranging from the collapse of the housing market to the need for greater transparency in the financial markets.
Reporting on stories of strong national importance, Speer's coverage has included the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and feature stories including a day in the life of one of the last door-to-door Fuller Brush salesmen and a profile of North America's oldest brewery.
Before coming to NPR in 1998, Speer anchored live Washington Business Journal updates on WUSA-TV Channel 9 in Washington, D.C. Over his career he has worked at major market radio stations in Washington, Cleveland and Trenton, N.J.
Speer has been honored with several industry awards for his work in journalism. He earned the American Universities 14th Annual Journalism Award for Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting, the Best Editorial Commentary award from the Washington Journalism Society and the Best Newscaster award from the New Jersey Associated Press.
In addition to his extensive broadcast work, Speer gives lectures at universities and has hosted a number of programs at the Smithsonian Museums.
With an undergraduate degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Speer is presently enrolled in the returning journalist program at the University of Maryland and expects to graduate with a Master's of Arts degree in 2013.