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The 'All Things Considered' Staff

You've met the hosts of All Things ConsideredAilsa Chang, Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly, Ari Shapiro, and Weekend's Michel Martin. Who else works on the show? Here are some brief bios, starting with the staff that puts the show together each weekday:

Jessica Deahl is an assistant editor. She books guests and develops segment ideas for All Things Considered. Jessica started working in radio in 2006 as an assistant to the bureau chief in NPR's Jerusalem Bureau. She studied at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, son and dog.

Connor Donevan is an associate producer. He escaped an education in architecture and engineering with the help of the fine folks at KJHK student-run radio in Lawrence, Kan. (Rock Chalk!) In 2012 he reported from Leipzig, Germany as an Arthur F. Burns fellow. He travelled to Detroit with Rachel Martin in 2014 to cover the city as it went through bankruptcy. He has produced interviews with newsmakers, authors and the occasional Dutch garage pop band.

Melissa Gray is a senior producer. During her tenure she was the curator of the series Found Recipes and was the woman behind the Men Series, which explored men's changing roles in society. Melissa, who holds two fine arts degrees and is known around the newsroom for her cartoons, got her start at member station WUGA in Athens, Ga. From there, she went on to report for Peach State Public Radio in Atlanta. She joined NPR in 1999. Years later, her determination to "learn how to really bake a damn good cake" led her to experiment on the ATC staff. You can read all about it in her cookbook, All Cakes Considered. Melissa lives by this motto: "We have to make our own fun. Nobody else will make it for us." @melissagray69

Andrea Hsu first joined NPR and All Things Considered in 2002. As a senior producer, she loves connecting listeners with people who have stories to tell, from Mormon voters in Arizona and popcorn farmers in Ohio to men and women who have agreed to donate their bodies for scientific research. She has chronicled the disappearance of a washer-dryer factory in Iowa and the intentional flooding of a 2,000-year-old city in central China. She came to NPR via National Geographic, the BBC and the long-shuttered Jumping Cow Coffee House. She was born in Ohio and lives with her husband and son in Washington, D.C.

Bridget Kelley is the supervising senior editor. She's also known as the planning editor. Bridget works with NPR editors and ATC colleagues to plan and program the show, including news coverage, host interviews and feature stories. Before joining the ATC staff in 2013, she worked as supervising senior producer of Weekend Edition and as supervising senior editor of Morning Edition.

Justine Kenin started as an intern for Talk of the Nation in 1999. From there she went to Weekend Edition Saturday and then to ATC. Her favorite recent stories include the award-winning Dear Mr. President and the Backseat Book Club series. She also enjoyed bringing the delights of baseball to listeners. Outside of work, she's most tickled to have written a book with her daughters, We Grew It, Let's Eat It! @JustineKenin

Carol Klinger, an associate editor, has worked for All Things Considered since 1995. Before that, she worked for radio and television networks in California and Washington, D.C. In the early 1990s, she designed what she believes to be first website for a radio show, complete with transcripts, with the help of two 16-year-old boys. At ATC, Carol has booked just about everyone, from world leaders to explorers at the North Pole.

Emily Kopp, an editor, joined NPR in November 2015. She used to be a morning host and reporter at Federal News Radio in Washington, where she learned all about government shutdowns, Congressional oversight and why federal employees carry BlackBerrys. Before that, she freelanced for NPR from the Netherlands while helping launch an international video news collaborative, She has interviewed a wide range of people, including former President Jimmy Carter, novelist Alice Walker, human trafficking victims and goat farmers. She is an alum of Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta, where she was a reporter/producer, and Connecticut Public Radio, where she was a naïve intern a long time ago. @ekopp.

Gabe O'Connor has been a production assistant at All Things Considered since 2009. He's a spokesman for gentle giants everywhere. Before joining the show, he was an associate producer at NPR's Only A Game for eight years. Prior to that, he sold shoes and was the world's worst bouncer. Gabe somehow obtained a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Missouri despite failing communications law more than once. He spends his spare time with his twin daughters (born in 2013) — so, he has no spare time. But, if he DID have spare time, he would enjoy sports, movies, music and hanging out with his long-suffering wife. @Galacticmule

Art Silverman, a senior producer, has worked at NPR since 1978. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, he came to radio after seven years at a daily newspaper in Claremont, N.H. Art grew up in Livingston, N.J. He describes his role at NPR as "a machine used to convert coffee into radio." His love of radio goes back to a childhood spent playing with tape recorders and listening to Jean Shepherd. In 1985, Art produced and wrote a documentary called Goodbye, Saigon on the 10th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam. He was involved in the 1999 Peabody Award-winning series "Lost & Found Sound" and was part of the NPR team in Sichuan province, China, when an earthquake struck in May 2008. @ArtSilverman

Selena Simmons-Duffin has (for work) eaten fruit bat with voters in Tampa, Fla., gone clubbing in Puerto Rico and been pulled over (several times) by the Border Patrol on the U.S.-Mexico border. She's an associate producer/director. She's always scheming up some new project to make radio and the Internet more awesome. She tweets @selenaSD.

Becky Sullivan is an assistant producer and frequently directs the show. Her work for NPR has taken her from the U.S. Capitol to courtside at the Staples Center to a sorghum farm in rural Kansas. She handles much of the show's coverage of books and the economy and often reports about sports. Before coming to NPR, she worked at WNYC and Kansas Public Radio. Outside the office, she enjoys grilled cheese sandwiches, all things Kansas City and bicycling.

Carline Watson is the executive producer. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the show. Previously, she served as executive producer of NPR's Identity and Culture Unit and before that she was executive producer of NPR's Tell Me More. Carline came to NPR in January 1996 as an editorial assistant on Weekend Edition Sunday. Since that time. she has worked on the first iteration of satellite radio, News and Notes, and was the first producer and on-air director of The Tavis Smiley Show. She later served as supervising senior producer for NPR's news talk-show Talk of the Nation.

Mallory Yu is an assistant producer. She came to NPR as an intern for the arts desk in 2012, then became a production assistant where she cut her teeth mixing arts and culture pieces. In addition to working on the show's coverage of daily news, she's doing her best to bring her love of nerdy pop culture to All Things Considered. She also occasionally reports her own stories. When she has spare time, she cooks, bakes, and plans future scuba diving adventures. She tweets @mallory_yu.

The Weekend Staff:

Liz Baker is the show's director. Raised in Rochester, N.Y., Liz came to NPR in 2010 as an intern for the arts desk. Since then, she has worked on NPR's news programs, including Morning Edition, Here & Now, and Weekend Edition; covering everything from vulture infestations, to the 2013 presidential inauguration and speed-painters in Florida. In her spare time, Liz enjoys hiking, climbing, and playing the violin. Follow her adventures @lizNbaker.

Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi is a production assistant. Before joining NPR as an intern for All Things Considered, he worked at member station Oregon Public Broadcasting, reporting on legal and environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. He and was a 2014 AIR New Voices Scholar at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Janaya Williams is an associate producer. She started working with Weekend Edition in 2003 as a producer for senior news analyst Dan Schorr, who was the last working member of the legendary Edward R. Murrow news team. A native of the Philadelphia area, Janaya calls many places home, including the San Francisco Bay area and Baltimore, Md. Her work in public radio has taken her around the country and the world — covering culture in New York City, technology in New Orleans, and traveling to Brazil on a United Nations reporting fellowship. Art, food, science and medicine, pop culture, television and media, and race and culture are her favorite topics. She tweets @janaya.

Kenya Young is executive producer. She is 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 @npryoung.