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Alana Wise will join the Race and Identity team on NPR's National Desk

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In a note to newsroom staff Chief National Editor Vickie Walton-James announced the following update:

Colleagues:

I'm thrilled to announce that Alana Wise will join the Race and Identity team on NPR's National Desk.

Alana comes to us from the Washington Desk, where she's been creatively covering politics since 2020.

First, she's the host of "Alana Wise Explains," a video show offering tutorials on all things Washington mixed in with a bit of Alana's daily life.

ICYMI, in this episode, Alana explained the filibuster while twisting herself into yoga poses. (Appropriate).

This one included conspiracy theories and her neighbor's cat.

Alana also writes news from the capital for npr.org. Her straightforward explanations of the machinations of Washington have drawn a loyal audience.

Chief Washington Editor Krishnadev Calamur notes that Alana started at NPR during the pandemic, having met few of her colleagues.

"She wrote about some of the most important political stories of modern times,' he says. "She did this with good cheer and a lot of flexibility."

Before joining NPR, Alana was a reporter on the Guns & America project, a collaboration between WAMU and nine other public media members.

She was previously with Reuters New Service, where she covered both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. 

She also covered the airline industry and covered breaking news, including the 2015 San Bernardino shooting rampage, with her working appearing on Reuters TV and Reuters Facebook Live.

Alana is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Howard University.

On the Race and Identity team, she'll report alongside Adrian Florido and Sandhiya Dirks, and will be edited by Marcia Davis.

With race and identity at the forefront of so much in American society, we're glad to have Alana on the team. Please join me in welcoming her.

Cheers,

Vickie