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Samantha Balaban

Associate Producer, Weekend Edition

Samantha Balaban is producer at Weekend Edition.

After receiving her M.A. in Journalism and Latin American studies from New York University, she got her start in public radio covering the James "Whitey" Bulger trial for WBUR as an intern. Since coming to NPR in 2014, she has reported on a perfume-loving tiger, traveled to Mexico to meet actor Diego Luna (and cover the elections), ridden with border patrol officers along the Rio Grande River, eaten very well in Houston, interviewed a Bangle and used her waterproof fanny pack to help keep her mic dry during hurricanes. She's also responsible for Picture This, a series of conversations with authors and illustrators.

Most days, you can find her under a pile of books and mail coordinating Weekend Edition's book coverage. On weekends, she's hanging out with her dog, Winnie.

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Beloved children's author and wilderness enthusiast Gary Paulsen has died at 82

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A Taliban guard stands on the Afghan side of the Torkham border crossing with Pakistan. People behind wait either to leave Afghanistan or to receive those returning to the country. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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At Pakistan's Border With Afghanistan, People Wait To Cross From Both Sides

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Hundreds of people are living in a makeshift tent city inside the main soccer stadium in Les Cayes, Haiti, following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Octavio Jones for NPR hide caption

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Haitians Who Have Lost Their Homes Are Living On A Muddy Soccer Field

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A woman seeks treatment for her injuries at the Immaculée Conception Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Wednesday. Octavio Jones for NPR hide caption

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At A Local Hospital In Haiti's Hard-Hit Southwest The Injured Continue To Arrive

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Felina Manita and her husband Jean are building a temporary home out of sticks after losing their home in Les Cayes in the earthquake on Saturday. Octavio Jones for NPR hide caption

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A Tropical Storm Is Adding To Haiti's Misery Following A Devastating Earthquake

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A Father's Day Gift From Meghan To Harry Is Now A Kids' Book

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A Boy And His Grandfather Visit Home 'On The Trapline'

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Embarrassed By Your Parents? 'Watercress' Explores That Universal Kid Experience

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Gary Paulsen's Memoir Taps Into The Childhood Experiences That Inspired His Stories

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Hunter Biden, at the time serving as board chairman of World Food Program USA, with then-Vice President Joe Biden in 2016. Hunter Biden says his addictions worsened after his brother Beau's death in 2015. Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images hide caption

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Through Decades Of Addiction, Hunter Biden Says His Family Never Gave Up On Him

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A Boy Named 'Milo' Reminds Us To Choose Imagination Over Impressions

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The Lost and Found outdoor art exhibit asks residents to consider the question: What have you lost, and what have you found in 2020? Sarah Silbiger for NPR hide caption

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It Used To Be Just A Fence. It Became A Tribute To Things Lost And Found In 2020

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Misty Copeland based the characters in Bunheads on the ballet friends she grew up with. Setor Fiadzigbey/G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers hide caption

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Misty Copeland Celebrates Ballet's Beautiful Friendships In 'Bunheads'

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"I am / a nonstop ball of energy. / Powerful and full of light. / I am a go-getter. A difference maker. / A leader." Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James/Penguin Young Readers hide caption

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A New Picture Book Reminds Black Sons: You Are 'Every Good Thing'

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