Kate Concannon is the Supervising Senior Editor at The Indicator from Planet Money. She leads this small, collaborative team of hosts, reporters and producers in making sense of crucial, but often complex and confusing, economic news in just 10 minutes a day.
She took a rather circuitous route into journalism. In an earlier life she was a registered nurse and midwife in the UK where she delivered more than fifty babies. But as a news junkie addicted to reading and writing, she always dreamed of reporting and delivering the news instead.
She graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto with a degree in journalism, and soon after moved to the US where she fell in love with NPR. She took a position at KPBS in San Diego, creating that station's first daily news magazine show, These Days, a groundbreaking show in public media at that time.
Concannon eventually joined NPR's national desk where over the next twelve years she perfected her editing chops as one of two Western Bureau Chiefs.
Continuing her love of Western stories, Concannon became the founding managing editor of the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration of public media stations and journalism outlets across seven Mountain West states. She led this small but scrappy team in winning a number of high profile awards, including her second Gracie, a National Murrow, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism and, for her editing work, the Public Media Journalism Association's 2020 editor of the year.
In her spare time, Concannon likes to ski the beautiful mountains of Washington state and British Columbia with her husband and three sons, go to as many live concerts and music festivals as possible and read dystopian novels where good always triumphs over evil.