Women have long been the voice of NPR. In 1972, NPR's Susan Stamberg became the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program. She remained at the helm of All Things Considered for 14 years.
Since then, many women have sat in NPR host chairs: Michel Martin, Melissa Block, Audie Cornish, Renée Montagne and Michele Norris, among others.
Most recently, Shereen Marisol Meraji started hosting the new Code Switch podcast; Kelly McEvers joined All Things Considered and started the Embedded podcast; Rachel Martin joined the earlybirds at Morning Edition and Lulu Garcia-Navarro took over Weekend Edition Sunday.
Get inspired by interviews and essays from these four hosts.
Shereen Marisol Meraji, co-host of NPR's Code Switch, in Latina Magazine
Meet Shereen Marisol Meraji, A Latina Journalist Tackling Race & Identity Through Podcasting
On why issues of race are important to her: "For me, the human, I think it's because of my mixed background. I never felt like I belonged. I realized, Oh my God! Not only is my mixed identity not represented anywhere, but not even my mom's or dad's 100 percent identities are represented. I'm not seeing any stories of what I'm interested in, what I do or who I am, and those stories are important. Never having really belonged, being on the margins while observing everything, that's made me a natural journalist – not quite a part of something, always observing."
Rachel Martin, co-host of Morning Edition, in Girlboss
Portrait of a Girlboss: Why Rachel Martin, Host of NPR's Morning Edition, Wants You to Ask What's in the Sausage
On work-life separation and finding time to relax: "I need moments to be able to channel the other parts of my personality, my other interests, to just do nothing. I think you need the space to just totally unplug and not have an agenda and not have a list of novels you want to read or TV shows you want to catch up on. For me, I need an empty day once in awhile. That's really rejuvenating and it's important because that's how you can be better at your job. You're a better colleague. You're a better boss. You're a better partner in your marriage or your relationship. It's so important!"
Kelly McEvers, co-host of All Things Considered and host of Embedded, writing in New York Times' Women in the World
Kelly McEvers sets the record straight on her years reporting from the Middle East
On what it was like to cover the Middle East as a woman: "In fact, if you look at the best coverage of Syria, Iraq, and the greater Middle East over the past several years — in print, broadcast, and online — you will find that by and large, it's been by women. None of this is to say that women are not waging a very legitimate battle for equality in many Arab countries. Women in some places still can't vote. Some women are still subject to guardianship laws. And domestic violence, rape, and female genital mutilation still happen. These are stories I have covered and will continue to cover. But my hope is that in covering them, the rest of the picture – of a much more diverse and complicated Middle East and the women who live there – will not be obscured."
Lulu Garcia Navarro, host of Weekend Edition Sunday, in GirlTalkHQ
Not Fake News: Journalist Lulu Garcia-Navarro Becomes NPR's First Latina Newsmagazine Host
On newsroom diversity: "Diversity is important because it brings us different perspectives and points of view. When I say diversity I mean it in all senses: political diversity, geographic diversity, racial and ethnic diversity and gender diversity. The broader our tent the more people we can reach, which is ultimately what we need to do as journalists. People need to see their communities and concerns reflected in what they hear. And they also need to be exposed to communities and concerns from groups they may not understand or not have contact with. Both things need to happen which is why you need all sorts of people working inside the media."