Leah Donnella Leah Donnella is a news assistant on NPR's Code Switch team.
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Leah Donnella

News Assistant, Code Switch

Leah Donnella is a news assistant on NPR's Code Switch team, where she primarily blogs and assists with the Code Switch podcast production.

Donnella originally came to NPR in September 2015 as an intern for Code Switch. Prior to that, she was a summer intern at WHYY's Public Media Commons, where she helped teach high school students the ins and outs of journalism and film-making. She spent a lot of time out in the hot Philly sun tracking down unsuspecting tourists for man-on-the-street interviews. Donnella also worked at the University of Pennsylvania for two years as the House Coordinator at Gregory College House, which is the University of Pennsylvania's language and cinema-themed dorm.

Donnella graduated from Pomona College with a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies.

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Starting School At The University That Enslaved Her Ancestors

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'I'm Not A Racist, I'm Argentine!'

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What Our Monuments (Don't) Teach Us About Remembering The Past

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How To Talk Race With Your Family: Ask Code Switch

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When 'Where Are You From?' Takes You Someplace Unexpected

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From Mourning to 'Moonlight': A Year In Race, As Told By Code Switch

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On Flag Day, Remembering The Red, Black And Green

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