In a note to newsroom staff, Nick Charles, Chief Culture Editor, made the following announcement:
Introducing Chloe Veltman:
Chloe comes to NPR from KQED in San Francisco, where her arts and culture reporting has regularly found its way onto national airwaves.
The range of her work is nothing if not eclectic, as can be seen in recent pieces she has created for us, like this one about the role of hip-hop in moving along the national conversation around Reparations; this one looking at the soap opera 'Dynasty' as a trailblazer in the representation of LGBTQ+ characters on mainstream TV; this one about the outsize impact of a tiny Ukrainian newspaper on the west coast in galvanizing community support around the war; and this one about the complex relationship humans have with our ever-more-human seeming digital assistants. (Chloe even got her own voice cloned for this story.)
Before joining KQED in 2015, Chloe launched and led the arts and culture bureau at Colorado Public Radio, was the Bay Area's culture columnist for the New York Times, a John S Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and also the founder, host and executive producer of VoiceBox, an award-winning weekly podcast/radio show and live events series all about the human voice.
Being a voice nerd, Chloe loves to sing. She tells us she has an annoying habit of making up jingles about her cat, Mishka.
Chloe came to the U.S. as a grad student and has lived here ever since. When we called her a few weeks ago to offer her the job, she said she was "exceedingly chuffed" — (Translation: "very excited") — proving the old adage that you can take the girl out of England but you can't take England out of the girl.
Chloe starts July 18, and will continue to be based in San Francisco. Please welcome her to the NPR family.