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Maureen Pao

Producer, Digital News

Maureen Pao is an editor, producer and reporter on NPR's Digital News team. In her current role, she is lead digital editor and producer for All Things Considered. Her primary responsibility is coordinating, producing and editing high-impact online components for complex, multipart show projects and host field reporting.

She also identifies and reports original stories for online, on-air and social platforms, on subjects ranging from childhood vaccinations during the pandemic, baby boxes and the high cost of childcare to Peppa Pig in China and the Underground Railroad in Maryland. Most memorable interview? No question: a one-on-one conversation with Dolly Parton.

In early 2020, Pao spent three months reporting local news at member station WAMU as part of an NPR exchange program. In 2014, she was chosen to participate in the East-West Center's Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowship program, during which she reported stories from Taiwan and Singapore.

Previously, she served as the first dedicated digital producer for international news at NPR.

Before coming to NPR, Pao worked as a travel editor at USA TODAY and as a reporter and editor in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

She's a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned a master's in journalism from the University of Michigan. Originally from South Carolina, she can drawl on command and talk about dumplings all day. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

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Serena Williams, of the United States, makes a heart with her hands after defeating Danka Kovinic, of Montenegro, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in New York. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Travel the world without leaving your home with these 10 books

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Here are 100+ books to learn about all 50 states (and then some)

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Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo says the U.S. is clear "clear-eyed on the magnitude of the threat that China poses." Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo: U.S. Devising Strategy To Push Back On China

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As COVID-19 Ravages His Force, LAPD Chief Looks To Boost Confidence In Vaccine

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves explains his rationale for not ordering a statewide mask mandate on Nov. 24 in Jackson, Miss. Health officials are encouraging a statewide mandate. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Health Officials Call On Mississippi Governor To Implement Statewide Mask Mandate

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U.S. Surgeon General: 'We Are Absolutely Ready' To Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

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'These Are Deaths That Could Have Been Prevented,' Says Researcher Studying Evictions

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Alaska Brewpub Owner On How He Hopes To Keep His Business Open As Winter Arrives

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Pfizer CEO On Next Steps For Coronavirus Vaccine And His Controversial Stock Trade

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