The 'Morning Edition' Staff Who are the people who write the words and shape the sound you hear each day? Read about them.
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The 'Morning Edition' Staff

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You've met the hosts of Morning EditionSteve Inskeep, Rachel Martin, Noel King and David Greene. Who else works on the show? Here are some brief bios:

Reena Advani is an editor who books guests, writes copy for the hosts and edits interviews. Reena was part of the team responsible for the show's special series marking 1979 as a seminal year in the Muslim world. She has brought a variety of voices to Morning Edition's air — including Jordan's King Abdullah II, tennis stars Andre Agassi and Serena Williams, former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei, one-time California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, actor Robert Duvall and many authors and chefs. Prior to joining Morning Edition, Reena was a producer on NPR's foreign desk for 10 years. Reena is an East West Center fellow and participated in its first U.S.-Korea journalists' exchange. She has trained journalists in Nepal and serves as a mentor to Asian-American journalists.

Gail Austin is a Supervising Editor for Morning Edition and Up First. In addition to supporting the daily show and podcast, Gail focuses on Morning Edition's long-term projects and staff career development. Gail began her NPR career as a Morning Edition editor. She's traveled overseas and across borders for the show. Previously, Gail was a producer for Hearst Television's DC bureau. She produced their morning news content from the White House, the 2016 campaign trail, the halls of Capitol Hill and the steps of the Supreme Court. She sometimes tweets at @Gail_Austin.

Ryan Benk is a producer with experience in all areas of radio broadcast journalism. Before coming to Morning Edition, he worked as a producer, editor and desk reporter for the NPR Newscast unit covering breaking news. He got his start as a college intern at Member station WFSU in Tallahassee, Fla., where, upon graduating from Florida State University, he became a part-time state capitol reporter. Ryan then moved on to be a legislative research analyst with non-partisan Tallahassee firm Lobbytools. But, feeling the call back to public radio, he later joined WJCT in Jacksonville where he continued state government reporting, mostly with a focus on health care and environmental policy. While there, Ryan also served as a fill-in newscast anchor and host for the station's live public affairs program. He's won multiple statewide and national reporting awards and served as the board vice president for the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters.

Chad Campbell is a producer who has returned home. One of his first jobs at NPR was with Morning Edition in the late 1990s, where he helped produce the show on the overnight shift and directed the live broadcast. Chad also worked at Weekend Edition (where he was a former intern) and at Talk of the Nation before following Bob Edwards to satellite radio for more than a decade together at Sirius XM. Now Chad is happy to be back as a small cog in the big Morning Edition news machine. When he's not making radio, Chad is most likely spending time with his wife and kids, sleeping or playing volleyball. He tries never to tweet.

Nell Clark is an editorial assistant for Morning Edition and Up First. She pitches and produces stories, and communicates between the live production of Morning Edition and Member stations across the country. As a student at Florida State University, she was a news anchor at the campus radio station, WVFS Tallahassee. After graduating, Nell worked at member station WFSU, where she reported on climate change, gender inequity in collegiate athletics and several manatee-related news stories. Nell was an intern at NPR's Weekend All Things Considered before joining Morning Edition. She is on Twitter at @Nell_Clark_.

Barry Gordemer is an award-winning senior producer. He has helped produce coverage of two Persian Gulf wars, presidential elections, the Sept. 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. He's also produced many of the show's profiles of actors, musicians and writers. In 1999, Barry received special recognition from the George Foster Peabody Awards. A year later he created sound effects for and performed on the CD Dreamosaurus. It received a Grammy nomination for best musical album for kids.

Milton Guevara began producing at Morning Edition in 2019. Before joining the team, he interned with NPR's Arts Desk and had a stint at KCRW in Los Angeles. He studied political science and religious studies at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He also spent a semester at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Milton was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.

Danny Hajek is a producer. Before joining NPR, he worked at Member station WGLT in Normal, Ill., where he hosted a late-night jazz show. After graduating from Illinois State University, he interned at NPR West on the national desk, then worked on Weekend All Things Considered where he was the lead producer on the series "My Big Break." One of his most memorable interviews from that series was with Betty White. He tweets at @dannyhajek.

Bo Hamby is a producer/director. His career in journalism started at KCRW in Los Angeles, where he spent a couple years reporting on local news before heading to the Columbia Journalism School. In 2018, he joined the Morning Edition staff. Since then, he's produced over a hundred Up First episodes, traveled to El Paso and Juarez to cover immigration and interviewed celebrities for a series of stories on their favorite artwork of the decade. He was born and raised in Singapore, and tweets at @hamby_bo.

Taylor Haney has covered elections, Hurricane Harvey, and his own family. He interned for Morning Edition in 2014. Before joining NPR as a producer, he worked for KPCC in Pasadena, Calif., and earned a master's degree from USC's Annenberg School of Journalism. As a Fulbright fellow, he studied Tibetan music in Dharamsala, India. He tweets at @thetaylorhaney.

Phil Harrell is an award-winning producer who started at NPR in 1999. Harrell has worked on a variety of shows and has produced a little bit of everything—from politics to pop music. For Weekend Edition, he worked through the night to produce mini-documentaries about the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and the legacy of President Ronald Reagan. Harrell got his start in radio as a rock 'n' roll DJ/program director at progressive station WRNR in Annapolis, MD. He later co-created the Bob Edwards Show for XM and Bob Edwards Weekend for PRI. Harrell is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.

William Jones joined Morning Edition as an editor in 2018. He's no stranger to public media having worked previously as a reporter and producer for New York's PBS station, WNET. During his time there he was nominated for an Emmy for his piece on New York's oldest bar, McSorley's Old Ale House, in addition to hosting interviews with Salman Rushdie and Misty Copeland. Prior to PBS, William was a senior producer for Al Jazeera, covering major international stories including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. He began his journalism career with internships at WNYC New York Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and a number of BBC outlets in the United Kingdom. Outside of work, he's often found running around field hockey, soccer and cricket fields. He tweets at @williamjcjones.

Miranda Kennedy is a senior editor. She has led elections coverage for the show in 2016, including the projects "The View From" and "Divided States." She is the author of the 2011 memoir Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India, based on her five years as a reporter in India. During that time she was based in New Delhi and covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan for both Marketplace and NPR. She is currently writing a second book about religious belief, and serves as journalist-in-residence at the School of International Service at American University, where she sometimes teaches writing to graduate students.

Nina Kravinsky has been a producer at Morning Edition since 2019. Previously, she produced and reported award-winning stories for the evening news on WORT, a community radio station in Madison, WI. She also produced in the field and wrote scripts at PBS Wisconsin's state politics roundup program, Here and Now. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in Spanish and political science, and spent time abroad studying human rights and international politics in Buenos Aires. She tweets @ninakravinsky.

Matt Kwong is an editor. He joined NPR in 2019 after working as a digital, radio and TV reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Washington, D.C. His field reporting has included the 2016 Iowa caucuses, five primaries, the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, President Obama's Cuba foray, the San Bernardino shooting and the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang and Rio de Janeiro. He has written for Reuters, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He also helped launch a newspaper in Abu Dhabi, where he once interviewed government officials at a demolition site with a stray kitten in his bag. (It was his last day.) Look for him in a chunky sweater shamelessly pitching #CanCon. He tweets at @matt_kwong.

HJ Mai is an award-winning journalist who joined Morning Edition as an editor in 2019. Before joining NPR, he worked for the German Press Agency (DPA) and WTOP. Over the course of his career, he has worked as an editor and reporter covering politics, business and sports for various American and European publications. After leaving his native Germany, HJ studied journalism at the University of Oregon. He speaks fluent German and you can find him each fall attending the annual Oregon-Washington football game. He tweets at @HJ_Mai.

Catherine Mailhouse is a senior supervising editor/producer. Prior to joining NPR, she produced numerous shows for CNN, CNN International, and HLN. Catherine was a part of CNN's Peabody-award winning teams responsible for live special coverage of the Arab Uprising in 2011 and the 2010 Gulf oil spill, in addition to other breaking news specials. She was also a Los Angeles-based producer/editor for CBS News, where she produced and shaped coverage for CBS Newspath — the network's affiliate news service division. Early in her career, she worked as an Emmy-nominated reporter for a number of years.

Steve Mullis is an editor for Morning Edition and Up First, NPR's daily news podcast. Before joining the Morning Edition team, he spent more than 7 years as part of NPR's digital team, working on everything from breaking news to managing NPR's main social channels. When he is not waking up at all variety of hours, he can be found crushing his ever-growing reading list, collecting Funko Pops and tweeting at @stevemullis.

Casey Noenickx is the Morning Edition engagement editor. She manages Morning Edition's Facebook and Twitter accounts and works to increase audience engagement across digital platforms. She is the queen of audiograms — videos where the show meets social media. She previously worked on NPR's digital news team and as a freelance social media moderator for The Washington Post. Casey is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she was the digital strategy director for the student newspaper, The Diamondback. She also has a background in studio art and can be found on any social media platform as @mcnickx.

Vince Pearson, a producer, joined the show in 2006. His responsibilities include editing and producing pieces, directing, and coordinating the show's music coverage. Before Morning Edition, Vince worked at All Things Considered for a year, and prior to that, he worked at NPR stations in California, Utah and Washington, D.C.

Simone Popperl is an editor on Morning Edition and the Up First podcast. She came to NPR in 2019 from a California reporting project about water infrastructure in Santa Ana River Watershed communities. Field reporting about Dead Sea sinkholes that took her to the occupied Palestinian territories, Israel and Jordan earned her a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. She's a member of the Middle East Environmental Worlds Working Group, and has edited and published ethnographic research in a variety of university presses. Some of her favorite work since joining Morning Edition includes conversations about Sinan Antoon's novel "The Book of Collateral Damage," Uber and Lyft strikes in the LA area and the Indian government's internet blackout in Kashmir. She's the artist behind many silly Post-it note sketches in the Morning Edition area.

Lilly Quiroz is a producer. After she graduated with a dual bachelor's degree in journalism and German from Texas Tech University, she began at NPR as an intern with Weekend All Things Considered where she helped with their award-winning breaking news coverage of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Before moving to D.C., Lilly worked as an assistant producer at an affiliate Telemundo television station, and as a reporter for Latino Lubbock Magazine. Lilly loves to travel and learn about cultures and languages. She sometimes tweets at @lillyevy.

Arezou Rezvani is an editor and was the founding editor of Up First, NPR's morning news podcast. She coordinated much of Morning Edition's 2016 presidential election coverage, traveling to battleground states to hear from voters across the political spectrum. When there isn't a turbulent election to cover, she follows developments around national security, modern warfare, and international affairs. Arezou has edited Steve Inskeep's reporting in Iran. In 2014, she led an investigation into the Pentagon's 1033 program, which supplies local law enforcement with surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. The findings were cited during a Homeland Security Senate Committee hearing. Arezou is a graduate of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism and the University of California, Davis. She speaks Persian and conversational French. She tweets at @ArezouRezvani.

Marc Rivers is a producer for Morning Edition. He started at NPR as a Weekend Edition intern in January of 2017. Since then, he's worked on all of NPR's newsmagazine programs. He's handled breaking news and special coverage in his time temping on Morning Edition. One of his long-form productions includes Rachel Martin's "The Evolution of 'Quid Pro Quo.'" Marc has a deep affinity for producing and reporting Arts and Culture stories, including a musical appreciation of A Tribe Called Quest's hit track "Electric Relaxation" that appeared on All Things Considered, and a look at the influence of the film noir "Double Indemnity" for Morning Edition. Before coming to NPR, Marc worked at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute as a Social Media Editor. He is a graduate of Howard University, where he started his career as a producer on the podcast Truth Be Told.

Lindsay Totty is an associate producer/director. He's responsible for selecting the music that airs at the end of each segment, and directs the live broadcast of the show from the control room of Studio 31. Lindsay started in radio as a DJ on the campus station at Amherst College, where he studied English and graduated magna cum laude. He live-tweets concerts and explains the jokes behind the Morning Edition music interludes at @lindsaytotty.

Jeevika Verma is a producer at Morning Edition. She comes from WNYC's The Takeaway where she produced national segments in addition to supporting the daily live show. Originally from India, Jeevika got her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, where she spent months producing long-form works of narrative journalism on the opioid crisis, power struggles within the South Asian community, and the mental health of couples struggling with addiction. Prior to that, she worked in marketing, public relations, and publishing. Her first stint at NPR was actually a Corporate Communications and Media Relations internship in 2017. Jeevika is a part-time tarot reader and full-time poet. She also spent the last few years as a freelance writer for several publications, and created some fun, palm-sized, independent zines. She tweets @_jeevika.

Lisa Weiner joined Morning Edition in 2019 as a producer. Prior to joining NPR, she worked as a lead Editor at WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C., producing the drive-time broadcast. At WTOP she also served as a Digital Editor for WTOP.com and Weekend Managing Editor. Before joining WTOP, Lisa worked as an engineer at Radio Free Asia. Lisa has a Master's Degree in Audio Technology from American University. In 2018, Lisa took part in the RIAS Berlin journalism exchange fellowship in Germany and Brussels. Lisa got her start in radio working the late-night shift as a student DJ in the basement radio station at the University of Rochester's WRUR. She has lived in Tel Aviv, Israel and studied in Budapest, Hungary.

Ashley Westerman is a producer who occasionally directs the show. Since joining the staff in June 2015, she has produced a variety of stories including a coal mine closing near her hometown, the 2016 Republican National Convention and the Rohingya refugee crisis in southern Bangladesh. She is also an occasional reporter for Morning Edition and NPR.org, where she has contributed reports on both domestic and international news. Ashley was a summer intern in 2011 with Morning Edition and pitched a story on her very first day. She went on to work as a reporter and host for member station 89.3 WRKF in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she earned awards covering everything from healthcare to jambalaya. She is an East-West Center 2018 Jefferson Fellow and a two-time reporting fellow with the International Center for Journalists. Through ICFJ, she has covered labor issues in her home country of the Philippines for NPR and health care in Appalachia for Voice of America.

Catherine Whelan is an editor, producer, and sometimes poet with a background in ethnographic journalism and European affairs. When she isn't working on daily news, Catherine follows legal and international issues, particularly politics in the U.K. and Northern Ireland. Before joining the team at NPR, she served as a producer and editor for PRI's investigative podcast Otherhood, and coordinated the cross-platform political coverage for the daily national programs The World and The Takeaway during the 2016 presidential election. Before joining The World, Catherine produced for the programs Under the Radar and Boston Public Radio at WGBH in Boston, and contributed to the Peabody-award winning season of State of the Re:Union. She tweets at @speakeasyshe.

Victoria Whitley-Berry (she/they) is a director and producer. They joined Morning Edition in 2017, after interning for KERA in Dallas and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Born and raised in Tallahassee, Fla., Victoria has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Texas Christian University. Since starting at NPR, they've covered the impact of U.S. sanctions from Iran, the first legal same-sex marriage ceremony in the U.S. and Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential bid from the floor of his moving campaign bus somewhere in rural Iowa. When they're not directing Morning Edition overnight, Victoria directs special coverage on behalf of NPR. They have led live broadcasts of the House impeachment inquiry, the Senate impeachment trial and President George H.W. Bush's funeral. If they're not working, you can find them either at a barre class or on the hunt for a good taqueria. They tweet at @_toriwhitley.

Kenya Young is the executive producer of Morning Edition. Previously, she was the executive producer of All Things Considered on the weekends. In that role, she was responsible for the day-to-day running of the show on the weekends and the planning of Michel Martin's NPR Presents: Going There national events. She was previously a supervising editor on Morning Edition. During her time at NPR, she has served as an editor and producer for several NPR programs including News & Notes, Day To Day, Tell Me More and Talk of The Nation. Kenya started at NPR in the California bureau as an intern in 2007. In addition to show production, she has been a part of special coverage teams during the 2008 and 2012 elections, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and live coverage of the Sandy Hook school shootings and the Boston Marathon bombing. She tweets at @npryoung.