I had the great pleasure and NPR honor to interview Lakshmi Singh, the mid-day newscaster for NPR. The interview aired this week and can be found as a podcast here. We talked about her personal experiences doing this job for NPR, but I also asked her about the politics of story selection and story delivery, given the NPR audience. I threw in my local experience of audience reaction from deciding to put two local Tea Party leaders on the show last spring.
The interview was originally taped a few weeks ago, before the Juan Williams firing, but we did talk about the general political pressures the news team faces. What she has to say is in some respects made even more interesting by its coming before the Williams incident.
Make sure you listen to the end of the interview--the three questions at the end are both fun and inspiring.
Note: This blog draws in part on my experiences and observations interviewing political figures, writers, and analysts for "The Campbell Conversations" on WRVO. To hear past interviews I refer to in these posts, please go to the show's website. The views expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent Syracuse University, the Campbell Institute, or the WRVO Stations.
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