The 'Morning Edition' Staff
Updated March 18, 2022 at 3:35 AM ET
Reena Advani is an editor who books guests, writes copy for the hosts and edits interviews. Reena was part of the team responsible for the show's special series marking 1979 as a seminal year in the Muslim world. She has brought a variety of voices to Morning Edition's air — including Jordan's King Abdullah II, tennis stars Andre Agassi and Serena Williams, former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei, one-time California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, actor Robert Duvall and many authors and chefs. Prior to joining Morning Edition, Reena was a producer on NPR's foreign desk for 10 years. Reena is an East West Center fellow and participated in its first U.S.-Korea journalists' exchange. She has trained journalists in Nepal and serves as a mentor to Asian-American journalists.
Erika A. Aguilar is the Executive Producer of Morning Edition and Up First. She comes to NPR from KQED, where she helped launch key journalism projects such as Consider This, On Our Watch and a housing reporting desk. Erika has held various editorial positions in public media including reporting for KPCC in Los Angeles and KUT in Austin. She also worked a short stint for the local CBS TV news station in Austin. When she isn't in the newsroom, Erika is mentoring with NPR's Next Generation Radio Project. She is a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University. She was born and raised in San Antonio making her a Spurs fan forever. She believes in teamwork, Monday mornings and Selena.
Gail Austin is a Supervising Editor for Morning Edition and Up First. In addition to supporting the daily show and podcast, Gail focuses on Morning Edition's long-term projects and staff career development. Gail began her NPR career as a Morning Edition editor. She's traveled overseas and across borders for the show. Previously, Gail was a producer for Hearst Television's DC bureau. She produced their morning news content from the White House, the 2016 campaign trail, the halls of Capitol Hill and the steps of the Supreme Court. She sometimes tweets at @Gail_Austin.
Ziad Buchh is a producer at Morning Edition. Ziad's introduction to NPR was through an internship with Weekend All Things Considered in 2018, where he immediately stood out for his ability to get people's lunch orders correct. He also interned with WDET in Detroit, and Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal, his college paper. Ziad has received many awards, just not for journalism. He tweets sports takes and the occasional awful photoshop attempt at @ZiadBuchh.
Chad Campbell is a producer who has returned home. One of his first jobs at NPR was with Morning Edition in the late 1990s, where he helped produce the show on the overnight shift and directed the live broadcast. Chad also worked at Weekend Edition (where he was a former intern) and at Talk of the Nation before following Bob Edwards to satellite radio for more than a decade together at Sirius XM. Now Chad is happy to be back as a small cog in the big Morning Edition news machine. Here are a few of his proudest moments since being back: A fun collaboration about the legacy of the NYC studio started by Jimi Hendrix. A profile of Hungry for Music and its mission to collect unwanted musical instruments and get them into the hands of thankful young musicians. And Chad's very first reporter piece for NPR – a story he found just outside his front door. When not making radio, Chad is most likely spending time with his wife and kids, sleeping or playing volleyball. He tries never to tweet.
Nell Clark is an editorial assistant for Morning Edition and Up First. She pitches and produces stories, and communicates between the live production of Morning Edition and Member stations across the country. As a student at Florida State University, she was a news anchor at the campus radio station, WVFS Tallahassee. After graduating, Nell worked at member station WFSU, where she reported on climate change, gender inequity in collegiate athletics and several manatee-related news stories. Nell was an intern at NPR's Weekend All Things Considered before joining Morning Edition. She is on Twitter at @Nell_Clark_.
Barry Gordemer is an award-winning senior producer. He has helped produce coverage of two Persian Gulf wars, presidential elections, the Sept. 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. He's also produced many of the show's profiles of actors, musicians and writers. In 1999, Barry received special recognition from the George Foster Peabody Awards. A year later he created sound effects for and performed on the CD Dreamosaurus. It received a Grammy nomination for best musical album for kids.
Milton Guevara is a producer/director for Morning Edition and Up First. Before joining the team, he interned at NPR's Arts Desk and had a stint at KCRW in Los Angeles. He studied political science and religious studies at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He also spent a semester at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Milton was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.
Danny Hajek is a producer. Before joining NPR, he worked at Member station WGLT in Normal, Ill., where he hosted a late-night jazz show. After graduating from Illinois State University, he interned at NPR West on the national desk, then worked on Weekend All Things Considered where he was the lead producer on the series "My Big Break." One of his most memorable interviews from that series was with Betty White. He tweets at @dannyhajek.
Taylor Haney has produced stories about long COVID, pandemic-inspired music and a series of obituaries. He has covered elections, Hurricane Harvey and his own family. He interned for Morning Edition in 2014. Before joining NPR as a producer, he worked for KPCC in Pasadena, Calif., and earned a master's degree from USC's Annenberg School of Journalism. As a Fulbright fellow, he studied Tibetan music in Dharamsala, India. He tweets at @thetaylorhaney.
Phil Harrell is an award-winning producer who started at NPR in 1999. Harrell has worked on a variety of shows and has produced a little bit of everything—from politics to pop music. For Weekend Edition, he worked through the night to produce mini-documentaries about the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and the legacy of President Ronald Reagan. Harrell got his start in radio as a rock 'n' roll DJ/program director at progressive station WRNR in Annapolis, MD. He later co-created the Bob Edwards Show for XM and Bob Edwards Weekend for PRI. Harrell is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.
Shelby Hawkins is a producer who joined Morning Edition at the beginning of 2022. Before joining NPR, she interned in Chicago at WBEZ's audio news desk where she focused on arts and culture. She also co-produced documentary film, Sankofa Chicago, which won best educational film at Cannes World Film Festival. She holds an MA in Civic Media from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA in Multimedia Photojournalism and Biology from the same university. In her free time she works on puzzles and tries to keep her plants alive.
Jan Johnson is an editor who arrived at NPR in October, 2020, just in time to jump in on writing and editing content for special coverage of the presidential election. Building on a pretty nifty history of chasing politics, crime and courts, summits, storms, and space flights, Jan has edited recent NPR stories on topics ranging from the war in Ukraine to Utah raptor research. In her past lives, Jan was an anchor, host, and executive editor for Westwood One News, a newscast anchor at NPR and NBC Radio News, an assistant managing editor at AP, and a manager and anchor at major market stations from Phoenix to Tampa.
Avery Keatley is a producer who joined Morning Edition in 2020. She got her start as an independent producer, and made it official at Pittsburgh's WESA, producing for their flagship talk show The Confluence and Morning Edition. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh and served as executive producer for her graduate program's podcast, [in brackets]. She's drawn to books and arts coverage, and some of her favorite work includes conversations with writers Brian Broome and Beth Allison Barr. She also contributes her own reporting to Morning Edition. When she's not making noise, she's probably out in the woods looking for edible plants. She eavesdrops on the internet @AveryKeatley.
Miranda Kennedy is Supervising Senior Editor at Morning Edition and Up First. She helped shaped the editorial direction of Up First ahead of its 2017 launch. During the 2016 election and throughout the Trump years, she led political coverage for the show, initiating several long form host projects in the field. She has traveled to many parts of the world to report for NPR projects. Miranda is the author of a 2011 book about India, Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India, based on her five years as a reporter based in Delhi. During that time, she covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan for both Marketplace and NPR. She's edited and coauthored several other books and teaches journalism courses at the University of Maryland and American University.
Nina Kravinsky has been a producer at Morning Edition since 2019. Previously, she produced and reported award-winning stories for the evening news on WORT, a community radio station in Madison, WI. She also produced in the field and wrote scripts at PBS Wisconsin's state politics roundup program, Here and Now. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in Spanish and political science, and spent time abroad studying human rights and international politics in Buenos Aires. She tweets @ninakravinsky.
HJ Mai is an award-winning journalist who joined Morning Edition as an editor in 2019. Before joining NPR, he worked for the German Press Agency (DPA) and WTOP. Over the course of his career, he has worked as an editor and reporter covering politics, business and sports for various American and European publications. After leaving his native Germany, HJ studied journalism at the University of Oregon. He speaks fluent German and you can find him each fall attending the annual Oregon-Washington football game. He tweets at @HJ_Mai.
Vince Pearson, a producer, joined the show in 2006. His responsibilities include editing and producing pieces, directing, and coordinating the show's music coverage. Before Morning Edition, Vince worked at All Things Considered for a year, and prior to that, he worked at NPR stations in California, Utah and Washington, D.C.
Simone Popperl is an editor on Morning Edition and the Up First podcast. She came to NPR in 2019 from a California reporting project about water infrastructure in Santa Ana River Watershed communities. Field reporting about Dead Sea sinkholes that took her to the occupied Palestinian territories, Israel and Jordan earned her a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. She's a member of the Middle East Environmental Worlds Working Group, and has edited and published ethnographic research in a variety of university presses. Some of her favorite work since joining Morning Edition includes conversations about Sinan Antoon's novel "The Book of Collateral Damage," Uber and Lyft strikes in the LA area and the Indian government's internet blackout in Kashmir. She's the artist behind many silly Post-it note sketches in the Morning Edition area.
Lilly Quiroz is a producer. After she graduated with a dual bachelor's degree in journalism and German from Texas Tech University, she began at NPR as an intern with Weekend All Things Considered where she helped with their award-winning breaking news coverage of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Before moving to D.C., Lilly worked as an assistant producer at an affiliate Telemundo television station, and as a reporter for Latino Lubbock Magazine. Lilly loves to travel and learn about cultures and languages. She sometimes tweets at @lillyevy.
Arezou Rezvani is an editor and was the founding editor of Up First, NPR's morning news podcast. She coordinated much of Morning Edition's 2016 presidential election coverage, traveling to battleground states to hear from voters across the political spectrum. When there isn't a turbulent election to cover, she follows developments around national security, modern warfare, and international affairs. Arezou has edited Steve Inskeep's reporting in Iran. In 2014, she led an investigation into the Pentagon's 1033 program, which supplies local law enforcement with surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. The findings were cited during a Homeland Security Senate Committee hearing. Arezou is a graduate of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism and the University of California, Davis. She speaks Persian and conversational French. She tweets at @ArezouRezvani.
Marc Rivers is a producer for Morning Edition. He started at NPR as a Weekend Edition intern in January of 2017. Since then, he's worked on all of NPR's newsmagazine programs. He's handled breaking news and special coverage in his time temping on Morning Edition. One of his long-form productions includes Rachel Martin's "The Evolution of 'Quid Pro Quo.'" Marc has a deep affinity for producing and reporting Arts and Culture stories, including a musical appreciation of A Tribe Called Quest's hit track "Electric Relaxation" that appeared on All Things Considered, and a look at the influence of the film noir "Double Indemnity" for Morning Edition. Before coming to NPR, Marc worked at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute as a Social Media Editor. He is a graduate of Howard University, where he started his career as a producer on the podcast Truth Be Told.
Sean Saldana is a producer who joined Morning Edition in 2021. Before that, he was an intern at The Indicator from Planet Money, a local news reporter and produced a podcast about history in Austin, Texas. Sean is a graduate of The University of Texas and Austin Community College. Before NPR, Sean ghostwrote LinkedIn posts, worked as a T-Mobile sales rep and worked at a hotel.
Lindsay Totty is an associate producer/director. He's responsible for selecting the music that airs at the end of each segment, and directs the live broadcast of the show from the control room of Studio 31. Lindsay started in radio as a DJ on the campus station at Amherst College, where he studied English and graduated magna cum laude. He live-tweets concerts and explains the jokes behind the Morning Edition music interludes at @lindsaytotty.
Jeevika Verma is a producer at Morning Edition and Up First. She is the show's unofficial poetry correspondent – always trying to get more poets on air. She also contributes to arts and poetry coverage for NPR's culture desk. Jeevika comes from WNYC's The Takeaway where she produced national segments in addition to supporting the daily live show. Originally from India, Jeevika got her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, where she spent months producing long-form works of narrative journalism on the opioid crisis, power struggles within the South Asian community, and the mental health of couples struggling with addiction. Prior to that, she worked in marketing, public relations, and publishing. Her first stint at NPR was actually a Corporate Communications and Media Relations internship in 2017. Jeevika is a part-time tarot reader and full-time poet. She also spent the last few years as a freelance writer for several publications, and created some fun, palm-sized, independent zines. She tweets @_jeevika.
Lisa Weiner is a line-producer at Morning Edition. For NPR, she's covered the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and traveled to Ukraine to cover the Russian invasion in 2022. Prior to joining NPR, she held positions as an Editor at WTOP-FM, as an engineer at Radio Free Asia and recorded audio books for the Library of Congress. Lisa has a Master's Degree in Audio Technology from American University. She got her start in radio working the late-night shift as a student DJ in the basement of WRUR-FM at the University of Rochester. Lisa has lived in Tel Aviv, Israel and Budapest, Hungary.
Catherine Whelan is an editor, producer, and sometimes poet with a background in ethnographic journalism and European affairs. When she isn't working on daily news, Catherine follows legal and international issues, particularly politics in the U.K. and Northern Ireland. Before joining the team at NPR, she served as a producer and editor for PRI's investigative podcast Otherhood, and coordinated the cross-platform political coverage for the daily national programs The World and The Takeaway during the 2016 presidential election. Before joining The World, Catherine produced for the programs Under the Radar and Boston Public Radio at WGBH in Boston, and contributed to the Peabody-award winning season of State of the Re:Union. She tweets at @speakeasyshe.
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