Phil Harrell Phil Harrell is a senior producer with All Things Considered.

Phil Harrell

Senior Producer, All Things Considered

Phil Harrell is a senior producer with All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine. He has been at NPR since 1999.

At NPR, Harrell has worked on a variety of shows and produced a little bit of everything—from politics to pop music. Most memorably, he worked through the nights after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and after the death of President Ronald Reagan, producing mini-documentaries about each story for Weekend Edition.

Harrell got his start in radio as a rock 'n' roll DJ/program director at progressive WRNR in Annapolis, MD. He later co-created the Bob Edwards Show for XM and Bob Edwards Weekend for PRI.

Harrell has won numerous awards for his excellence in production. In 2006 and 2011, he led the teams that claimed the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award. In addition, he won the Gabriel Award in both 2012 and 2014 with hosts Guy Raz and Arun Rath.

A native of Maryland, Harrell is a graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park.

Highlights from Phil Harrell:

Lowlights from Phil Harrell:

  • He almost killed Clint Eastwood by losing his balance and collapsing into him
  • He almost capsized a kayak paddled by NPR's Brian Naylor
  • He almost lost a recording that represented an entire day's worth of reporting in South Dakota
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Jake Shears Strikes Out On His Own

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Turning The Tables 2018 Shows The 'Change Within Tradition'

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'I Still Feel Him:' Clyde Guevara's Debut Memorializes His Brother's Death

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What Is The Song Of The Summer?

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Roger Daltrey Renews His Love For The 'Magical Music' Of American Soul

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Low Cut Connie's Rise Is 'The Essence Of Rock And Roll'

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The Man Behind 'Left Shark' Explains His Viral Super Bowl Moment

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Lorde, seen here at the 2014 Grammy Awards, is the only woman nominated in this year's album of the year category. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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New Study Shows A Grave Lack Of Gender Diversity In The Music Industry

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Funk Carves Out A Groove At The Funk Music Hall Of Fame In Ohio

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'Dock Of The Bay' At 50: Why Otis Redding's Biggest Hit Almost Went Unheard

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Morning Edition Looks Back On Some Of The Best Albums Of 2017

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The Story Behind 'The Christmas Song'

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Soundtracks, Satire And A Sense Of Place: A Conversation With Randy Newman

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Lafayette Gilchrist Plays The 'Blues For Freddie Gray'

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