The 'All Things Considered' Staff
You've met the hosts of All Things Considered — Ailsa Chang, Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly, Ari Shapiro, and Weekend's Michel Martin. Who else works on the show? Here are some brief bios, starting with the staff that puts the show together each weekday:
Gus Contreras is an assistant producer. He started out as an intern in 2014, and re-joined the show as a staff member in 2018. His work has taken him to Forest, Mississippi, to report on how immigration raids have impacted the small community, and to Oakdale, Louisiana, to learn about how the government shutdown affected the local population. He also produced a series of stories for NPR's "Where the Voters Are" project in Pueblo, Colorado, leading up to the 2020 election. Prior to moving to Washington D.C., he worked at KERA, the Member station in Dallas, Texas, as a producer and reporter. He is from El Paso, Texas, and in his spare time he enjoys cooking Mexican food and playing golf.
Jessica Deahl is an assistant editor. She books guests and develops segment ideas for All Things Considered. Jessica started working in radio in 2006 as an assistant to the bureau chief in NPR's Jerusalem Bureau. She studied at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, son and dog.
Connor Donevanis an associate producer. He escaped an education in architecture and engineering with the help of the fine folks at KJHK student-run radio in Lawrence, Kan. (Rock Chalk!) In 2012 he reported from Leipzig, Germany as an Arthur F. Burns fellow. He travelled to Detroit with Rachel Martin in 2014 to cover the city as it went through bankruptcy. He has produced interviews with newsmakers, authors and the occasional Dutch garage pop band.
Courtney Dorning has been a Senior Editor for NPR's All Things Considered since November 2018. In that role, she's the lead editor for the daily show. Dorning is responsible for newsmaker interviews, lead news segments and the small, quirky features that are a hallmark of the network's flagship afternoon magazine program. She has been the editor on interviews ranging from former First Lady Michelle Obama, actress and activist Jane Fonda and Speaker of the House. She contributes heavily to All Things Considered's political coverage and has played a key role in the show's coverage of the #MeToo movement. Previously, Dorning was an editor at Morning Edition. She is a graduate of Saint Mary's College and has a master's degree from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
Jason Fuller is an assistant producer. Prior to joining the show, Jason worked within NPR's programming department where he produced fundraising promos and credits, and the occasional podcast episode. When Jason isn't pitching, producing, reading or bragging about Detroit staples Vernors and Detroit-style pizza, he's screaming at at least 1 screen as his Detroit/Michigan teams break his heart. Jason got his first taste of public radio and storytelling in New Mexico within KUNM's Generation Justice project. He's an alum of NPR's Next Gen Radio Project and Member stations WAMU and Virginia Public Radio. Jason holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and a masters from Virginia Commonwealth University. He tweets @BakariTZace.
Peter Granitz is one of the show's line producers. He helps craft the daily editorial structure and flow of the program. Before returning to Washington, he reported for NPR from Southern Africa and the Caribbean, based in Pretoria and Port au Prince respectively. Earlier, he was the Washington correspondent for the Alaska Public Radio Network. He's one of several University of Kansas graduates at All Things Considered.
Andrea Hsu first joined NPR and All Things Considered in 2002. As a senior producer, she loves connecting listeners with people who have stories to tell, from Mormon voters in Arizona and popcorn farmers in Ohio to men and women who have agreed to donate their bodies for scientific research. She has chronicled the disappearance of a washer-dryer factory in Iowa and the intentional flooding of a 2,000-year-old city in central China. She came to NPR via National Geographic, the BBC and the long-shuttered Jumping Cow Coffee House.
Patrick Jarenwattananon is an editor. He came to NPR as an intern in 2007. Later, he started and ran NPR Music's jazz blog, and helped to launch the radio/web video collaboration Jazz Night in Americawith WBGO and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He's also been a digital producer for NPR's Arts Desk. In his spare time, he works hard to be a mediocre elite amateur bicycle racer.
Bridget Kelley is the supervising senior editor. She's also known as the planning editor. Bridget works with NPR editors and ATC colleagues to plan and program the show, including news coverage, host interviews and feature stories. Before joining the ATC staff in 2013, she worked as supervising senior producer of Weekend Edition and as supervising senior editor of Morning Edition.
Justine Kenin is an editor on All Things Considered.She started at NPR as an intern for Talk of the Nation in 1999. From there she went to Weekend Edition Saturday and then to ATC. Matching readers and books is a longtime passion – so she loves getting books on the show – from historic fiction to kids' books to American Life to short stories. She's really proud of the award-winning Dear Mr. President and Backseat Book Club series. Outside of work, she's most tickled to have written a book with her daughters, We Grew It, Let's Eat It!@JustineKenin
Carol Klinger, an associate editor, has worked for All Things Considered since 1995. Before that, she worked for radio and television networks in California and Washington, D.C. In the early 1990s, she designed what she believes to be first website for a radio show, complete with transcripts, with the help of two 16-year-old boys. At ATC, Carol has booked just about everyone, from world leaders to explorers at the North Pole.
Jonaki Mehta became a producer for All Things Considered in the fateful March of 2020. She's based at NPR West, where she got her start in public radio as an intern for the National Desk. Jonaki has made her rounds directing, producing and reporting at Marketplace,local station KPCC,and Neon Hum Media before landing back at NPR. Since joining ATC, Jonaki has had the chance to field report and produce with host Ailsa Chang on stories about racial justice and Gen-Z voters, amongst others. Outside of work, she loves making recipes with harvests from her vegetable garden and riding her motorcycle around L.A. She tweets @jonakimehta.
Casey Morell (he/him) is an associate producer/director of All Things Considered. Before joining NPR in February 2019, he spent four years at Nevada Public Radio in Las Vegas, Nevada, serving as coordinating producer of the daily newsmagazine State of Nevada. From 2012 to 2015, he worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, where his documentary reporting on a religious community in northeast Missouri won a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award and two RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards. During that time, he also served as executive producer of Global Journalist, a weekly public television and radio program focusing on free press issues and international affairs. A graduate of New College of Florida (B.A. '12) and the University of Missouri School of Journalism (M.A. '14), Morell is an avid soccer fan who loves to travel.
Gabe O'Connor has been a production assistant at All Things Considered since 2009. He's a spokesman for gentle giants everywhere. Before joining the show, he was an associate producer at NPR's Only A Game for eight years. Prior to that, he sold shoes and was the world's worst bouncer. Gabe somehow obtained a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Missouri despite failing communications law more than once. He spends his spare time with his twin daughters (born in 2013) — so, he has no spare time. But, if he DID have spare time, he would enjoy sports, movies, music and hanging out with his long-suffering wife. @Galacticmule
Art Silverman, a senior producer, has worked at NPR since 1978. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, he came to radio after seven years at a daily newspaper in Claremont, N.H. His love of radio goes back to a childhood spent playing with tape recorders and listening to Jean Shepherd. In 1985, Art produced and wrote a documentary called Goodbye, Saigon on the 10th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam. He was involved in the 1999 Peabody Award-winning series "Lost & Found Sound" and was part of the NPR team in Sichuan province, China, when an earthquake struck in May 2008. @ArtSilverman
Becky Sullivan is an assistant producer and frequently directs the show. Her work for NPR has taken her from the U.S. Capitol to courtside at the Staples Center to a sorghum farm in rural Kansas. She handles much of the show's coverage of books and the economy and often reports about sports. Before coming to NPR, she worked at WNYC and Kansas Public Radio. Outside the office, she enjoys grilled cheese sandwiches, all things Kansas City and bicycling.
Ashish Valentine is NPR's Reflect America Fellow. As well as producing the daily show, his job is to help the network's coverage better represent the perspectives of marginalized people. Before coming to NPR, he taught high school English in France for two years and then worked on daily news shows at Chicago member station WBEZ. He also reports for NPR and tweets at @ashishval.
Mallory Yu is an assistant producer. She came to NPR as an intern for the arts desk in 2012, then became a production assistant where she cut her teeth mixing arts and culture pieces. In addition to working on the show's coverage of daily news, she's doing her best to bring her love of nerdy pop culture to All Things Considered. She also occasionally reports her own stories. When she has spare time, she cooks, bakes, and plans future scuba diving adventures. She tweets @mallory_yu.
Janaya Williams is an associate producer. She started working with Weekend Edition in 2003 as a producer for senior news analyst Dan Schorr, who was the last working member of the legendary Edward R. Murrow news team. A native of the Philadelphia area, Janaya calls many places home, including the San Francisco Bay area and Baltimore, Md. Her work in public radio has taken her around the country and the world — covering culture in New York City, technology in New Orleans, and traveling to Brazil on a United Nations reporting fellowship. Art, food, science and medicine, pop culture, television and media, and race and culture are her favorite topics. She tweets @janaya.
Natalie Winston is the Executive Producer of All Things Considered on the weekends. She has led the show through coverage of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and many other breaking news events. She also led a remote team for a weekend of coverage from Puerto Rico at the start of the 2018 hurricane season.
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