Petra Mayer Petra Mayer is Petra Mayer is an editor and resident nerd at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction.
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Petra Mayer

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Petra Mayer is an editor (and the resident nerd) at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction. She brings to the job passion, speed-reading skills, and a truly impressive collection of Doctor Who doodads. You can also hear her on the air, and on the occasional episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour.

Previously, she was an associate producer and director for All Things Considered on the weekends. She handled all of the show's books coverage, and she was also the person to ask if you wanted to know how much snow falls outside NPR's Washington headquarters on a Saturday, how to belly dance, or what pro wrestling looks like up close and personal.

Mayer originally came to NPR as an engineering assistant in 1994, while still attending Amherst College. After three years spending summers honing her soldering skills in the maintenance shop, she made the jump to Boston's WBUR as a newswriter in 1997. Mayer returned to NPR in 2000 after a roundabout journey that included a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a two-year stint as an audio archivist and producer at the Prague headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. She still knows how to solder.

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The 2017 NPR Book Concierge: Get Your Read On

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Our Backstage Pass Takes Us To The Wings Of London's Globe Theatre

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Yes, Some Comics Are For Kids — And They're Big Business

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'Doctor Who' Is A Woman: Jodie Whittaker Chosen To Play Lead In British Sci-Fi Series

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We've searched shelves, shops and sites across the universe to bring you some really great comics. Shannon Wright for NPR hide caption

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Paula Hawkins Prepares To Dive 'Into The Water'

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