If you've ever caught yourself mouthing the words "I'm Lakshmi Singh" at the start of one of her newscasts, you're not alone. It's a thing.
Lakshmi Singh has inspired memes, songs and voice cameos in film and television. (Actor and comedian Zach Woods, of 'The Office' and 'Silicon Valley' fame, once joked with late night TV host Conan O'Brien that Lakshmi Singh was his 'cocaine'.)
Millions of people who gravitate to NPR have come to know Singh's work well.
Singh is an award-winning journalist. She has spent the last 30 years collaborating with some of the most talented producers, editors, photo journalists and engineers in the industry to deliver thousands of historically significant stories as an anchor and a news magazine host, as well as a field reporter and an audio documentary producer when she covered stories in Central America and the Caribbean. She recently spent time in the field researching the impact of climate change on indigenous communities in Belize.
Singh anchors Midday for NPR Newscasts, which is one of the top three most downloaded podcasts in the United States. NPR Newscasts are also the most heard content on public radio, reaching more than 24 million listeners weekly through traditional radio listening.
Singh has invested decades advocating for stronger representation of people of color and women in newsrooms across the United States, as well as training and mentoring new generations of journalists. Her efforts are underscored by recognition from respected education and research organizations, such as the Asian American/Asian Research Institute and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
Singh is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and College of Arts and Sciences, where her work focused on Latin American studies, Spanish and broadcast journalism.