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Faces Of NPR: Stephen Thompson

Oct 25, 2017

Faces Of NPR is a weekly feature that showcases the people behind NPR, from the voices you hear every day on the radio to the ones who work outside of the recording studio. You'll find out about what they do and what inspires them. This week's post features NPR Music's Stephen Thompson.

The Basics:

Name: Stephen Thompson

Twitter Handle: @idislikestephen

Job Title: writer/talker

Where You're From: Iola + Madison, Wisconsin

Cuando pensamos en los cubanos llegando a los Estados Unidos generalmente se nos ocurren imágenes de balsas y el mar. Pero lo que muchos no saben es que miles de cubanos no toman esta ruta marítima, sino otra, que es bastante más larga. Se trata de una nueva generación de migrantes cubanos que prefiere ir por tierra, haciendo un recorrido igual de peligroso.

Many picture Cubans crossing the water to get to the United States. But what many people don't know is that thousands aren't traveling by sea, but instead are going another way that's much longer. There is a new generation of Cuban migrants who would rather travel by land, going on a journey that's just as dangerous.

NPR is once again turning the lobby of our Washington, DC, headquarters into a one-day holiday bazaar. Now in its fifth year, All Crafts Considered brings together dozens of artisans, makers and sellers of unique and handmade products— from right around the corner in DC and as far as New York and New England —for a festive afternoon of retail therapy and holiday cheer.

Swing by our building in NoMa on Tuesday, November 14, between 3 and 8 p.m. ET for some holiday cheer and local goods.

Alicia Montgomery is returning to NPR as Senior Supervising Editor/Producer of Morning Edition after a year at WAMU.

From Morning Edition Executive Producer Sarah Gilbert's note to NPR staff:

In a note to staff today, NPR SVP of News and Editorial Director Michael Oreskes shared newsroom leadership staffing updates.


We are at a time of transformation for NPR and public radio. We have never been more successful yet we have never faced stiffer competition. Our audiences expect more of us than ever before.

NPR Music and program directors from VuHaus' public radio music station network today announced Big Thief, Jamila Woods and Lo Moon as the inaugural class of Slingshot, a new collective effort among taste-making stations to elevate the profiles of exceptional emerging artists.

NPR One: An Award-Winning Cross-Platform Experience

Sep 20, 2017

Since launching NPR One in 2014, we've been working to deliver a news and storytelling experience that meets users in all the places they are now and will be in the future. For the Digital Media team, this has meant designing and building focused, yet flexible apps for smartphones, smart TVs, car infotainment systems, wearable devices, voice platforms, and more.

Read NPR Executive Editor Edith Chapin's email to newsroom staff about Andrea Kissack's new position on the Science Desk.

As some of you may have heard an NPR legend is shifting gears. Anne Gudenkauf who has presided over the distinguished Science Desk for longer than would be polite to point out, is moving to a part-time role focused exclusively on Invisibilia beginning next month. We are glad she is remaining nearby, but she leaves a remarkable legacy for her successor.

NPR Director of Visual Journalism Keith Jenkins shared the news of Nicole Werberk's hiring in an email to staff earlier today.

Hey there,

What a summer it's been! Lots of news and lots of change at NPR Visuals. Today I am very pleased to announce that Nicole Werbeck, former digital editor here at NPR, will be returning to the NPR Visuals team as the Supervising Editor for Photography.