Wednesday, March 2, 2022; Washington, D.C. – State of Ukraine, a podcast that brings listeners everything they need to know about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, launched today. With several new episodes per day, State of Ukraine will feature reporting from NPR journalists on the ground, as well as conversations with officials, experts, and other newsmakers. The podcast will consider the conflict's past, future consequences, and what each new development means for the rest of the world.
"NPR is the nation's leading audio-first newsroom. The organization is uniquely equipped to share on-the-ground reporting, voices, and perspectives from the region – and around the world – in an on-demand format," said Neal Carruth, senior director of on-demand news programming. "We are proud to bring trustworthy and timely journalism to audiences as the conflict unfolds."
In recent weeks listeners have heard familiar NPR voices reporting from the conflict zone: All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly and Morning Edition hosts Rachel Martin, A Martinez and Leila Fadel co-hosted NPR's news magazines live from Ukraine. International correspondents Frank Langfitt, Eleanor Beardsley and Lauren Frayer have also been reporting from across the country, as well as Tim Mak. Joanna Kakissis, Daniel Estrin and Rob Schmitz reported from Ukraine in the buildup to the invasion.
None of this could have happened without the essential and tireless work of producers Greg Dixon, Monika Evstatieva and Ian Stewart, who have managed NPR's work in the region.
The news magazine teams were supported by producers Lisa Weiner, Reena Advani, Kat Lonsdorf, Jonaki Mehta, Graham Smith and Arezou Rezvani.
Other voices listeners may hear on the podcast include: Moscow correspondent Charles Maynes, who has been covering the situation from Russia; and from DC, Michele Kelemen, who reports on the diplomatic beat; Tom Bowman, who covers the Pentagon; Greg Myre, who covers national security; and Jenna McLaughlin, who reports on cybersecurity. And in coming weeks: Ryan Lucas, Eric Westervelt and Lauren Migaki, who will be joining the effort. Listeners may also hear stories from the Washington and Business desks.
You can also follow NPR's coverage of the war online on NPR.org, on social media, through Twitter spaces, and on the radio. Claire Harbage and Ryan Kellman have been providing photos and video.
State of Ukraine joins the roster of NPR's daily podcasts alongside Up First, Consider This, The Indicator from Planet Money, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Short Wave, The NPR Politics Podcast, and Book of the Day.
NPR's coverage of the crisis in Ukraine is supported in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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