Phil Harrell Phil Harrell is a producer with Morning Edition.
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Phil Harrell

Phil Harrell

Producer, Morning Edition

Phil Harrell is a producer with Morning Edition, NPR's award-winning 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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Friday

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Jennifer Lopez: Then and now

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Wednesday

Documentary tells Gloria Gaynor's story from the top of disco to rock bottom

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Friday

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'Everyone walked away with part of themselves healed' – 'The Color Purple' reimagined

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Monday

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'I've been trying to do this for over 30 years' — Billy Porter sings on his terms

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Thursday

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Nicolas Cage becomes Frumpy Krueger in 'Dream Scenario'

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Friday

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has one main guiding principle: 'Be Useful'

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Monday

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Looks like we picked the wrong week to quit quoting 'Airplane!'

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Friday

The members of Talking Heads — Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and David Byrne — today and as they appeared in 1983 with their live band, for the concerts that would become the film Stop Making Sense. Sire Records/Michael Ochs Archives/Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images/Illustration by Jackie Lay hide caption

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Talking Heads on making sense, together

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Friday

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Nicki Minaj paints hip-hop pink — and changes the game

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Friday

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'The South got something to say' — Outkast fulfills its prophecy on 'Aquemini'

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Monday

Middle school iPhone recordings lead to Hannah Jadagu's debut album 'Aperture'

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Thursday

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Missy Elliott made hip-hop 'Supa Dupa Fly'

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Friday

3 members of the Memphis hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia. D.J. Paul (from left), Juicy J and Crunchy Black at MTV's Total Request Live on March 22, 2006, in New York City. Peter Kramer/Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

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Rhiannon Giddens performs at 'A New York Evening With Rhiannon Giddens' at National Sawdust on August 17, 2023 in New York City. In this interview with NPR's Michel Martin, she reflects on her new album and more. Rob Kim/Getty Images for The Recording A hide caption

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Rhiannon Giddens is searching for a 'little bit of joy to bounce into'

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Thursday

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2 Live Crew fought the law with its album, 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be'

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Friday

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Eric B. & Rakim change the flow of rap with 'Paid in Full'

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Tuesday

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Kurtis Blow breaks hip-hop nationally with his 1980 debut

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Monday

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Ethnic and religious divisions fuel Sudanese film 'Goodbye Julia'

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Friday

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From Slayer to Tito Puente, drummer Dave Lombardo changes tempo

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Tuesday

Remembering music mogul Seymour Stein, dead at 80

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Friday

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Depeche Mode co-founder David Gahan wants us to remember: 'Memento Mori'

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Wednesday

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Tianna Esperanza's uphill climb to conquering 'Terror'

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Wednesday

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Psychologist Daniel Levitin dissects Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon'

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