Carl Kasell is the official judge and scorekeeper for NPR's weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, which premiered in January 1998. For 30 years, Kasell provided newscasts for NPR's daily newsmagazine Morning Edition, a role he held since the program's inception in 1979 until 2009. A veteran broadcaster, Carl Kasell's radio career spans more than 50 years.
Before his work with Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Kasell hosted NPR's Early Morning Edition, a one-hour news program created in 1997 and incorporated into Morning Edition at the start of 1998.
A native of Berkeley Heights, N.J., Peter Sagal attended Harvard University and subsequently squandered that education while working as a literary manager for a regional theater, a movie publicist, a stage director, an actor, an extra in a Michael Jackson video, a travel writer, an essayist, a ghost writer for a former adult film impresario and a staff writer for a motorcycle magazine.
Many listeners remember May-Lily as the senior producer and host of “Virginia Currents” on public television stations statewide. She has covered gubernatorial inaugurations for public broadcasting dating back to Governor Doug Wilder's inauguration and has hosted weekly programs from the state capitol during General Assembly sessions.
Before her career in public broadcasting, May Lily was news director and morning news anchor for Richmond commercial station WTVR-FM.
Fiona Ritchie strolls along the main street of a small village in rural Scotland and steps through the plain doorway of an 18th century stone building. Passers-by would find it difficult to imagine what this simple gesture initiates: a weekly connection with devoted public radio listeners throughout the United States. In over two decades of broadcasts, Ritchie's radio program The Thistle & Shamrock has become one of NPR's most widely heard and best-loved music programs. She has entered the lives of millions of Americans by way of an inconspicuous studio door, thousands of miles away in Scotland.
NPR science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday®. He anchors the show each Friday, bringing listeners a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment. Flatow is also founder and president of the Science Friday Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV and Internet projects that make science user friendly.
Flatow's interest in things scientific began in boyhood — he almost burned down his mother's bathroom trying to recreate a biology class experiment. "I was the proverbial kid who spent hours in the basement experimenting with electronic gizmos, and then entering them in high school science fairs," Flatow says.
"Sing For Joy specializes in the music of hope," says Bruce Benson, who has served as St. Olaf College pastor since 1981. "And music has such a wonderful capacity to express hopefulness — even when it is not happy. Words struggle to do that, but music does it all the time. Every Sing For Joy program reminds me that music's power manifests itself in so many ways."
Before beginning his current ministry at the college, he served pastorates in Albert Lea, Minn., Billings, Mont., and Sioux Falls, S.D. Benson holds a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Conn.
With the personal motto “Genius don’t cost extra,” Richard Sher produces and hosts Says You! What he does charge for is his work as president and founder of Pipit & Finch, a marketing and media development company with clients such as CBS/Westinghouse, Hearst Broadcasting and National Public Radio. With more than 30 years experience in broadcast production, programming, media development and marketing, Richard almost didn’t work in radio. He started out as an optician. Really. We couldn’t see it either.
Robert Krulwich has been called “the most inventive network reporter in television” by TV Guide.
His specialty is explaining complex subjects, science, technology, economics, in a style that is clear, compelling and entertaining. On television he has explored the structure of DNA using a banana; on radio he created an Italian opera, “Ratto Interesso” to explain how the Federal Reserve regulates interest rates; he has pioneered the use of new animation on ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight.
Jad Abumrad is a Lebanese-American radio host and producer. The son of a scientist and a doctor, Jad Abumrad did most of his growing up in Tennessee, before studying creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. Following graduation, Abumrad wrote music for films, and reported and produced documentaries for a variety of local and national public radio programs, including On the Media, PRI's Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and WNYC's "24 Hours at the Edge of Ground Zero".