Danyell Irby is supervising editor for NPR's Impact of War project, a collaboration with NPR Member Stations that brings to life the experiences and sacrifices of U.S. troops and their families, with audio and web stories focusing on their rehabilitation and reintegration into communities across the country. She is also leading NPR's Covering Issues in Education, a collaborative initiative with Member Station education reporters identifying and delving into key local and regional issues and topics related to education.
Under her leadership, the Impact of War Project has produced countless local and national pieces and several series on this important topic. The work has received national attention and awards such as the Edward R. Murrow Award and Associated Press Award for best local series. Many of the local pieces have also aired on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and other national NPR programs.
For NPR's Covering Issues in Education initiative, Irby works closely with Member Station reporters to identify education topics that have a great impact on their region, and to provide editing and research assistance to bring those stories to their local audience.
Both the Impact of War and Covering Issues in Education projects are powerful examples of the partnership between NPR and NPR Member Stations.
Previous to her current role, Irby served as the supervising senior producer of NPR's Newscast Unit. In that role, she was responsible for supporting and managing daily newscast production, editorial guidance, and providing support and feedback to the Newscast Unit's executive producer.
In 2003, Irby was chosen to be the alternate anchor for the PBS/NPR Newsbrief, a headline news service produced by NPR and broadcast on PBS. In addition to her daily duties, Irby lends her services as a mentor, training college students at journalism conferences around the country.
Irby says she chose to come to NPR because she believes it is a top-notch news organization and upholds the highest standards of journalism. Since coming to NPR in 1990, Irby has been a desk producer, Northeast editor, and fill-in anchor. Additionally, she has worked for several television stations in the Baltimore-Washington, DC, area as a reporter and show host.
Irby received her Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication from Towson State University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland's Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.