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NPR’s newscaster, Korva Coleman, shares her story and the inner workings of NPR

  • Aniya Faulcon

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Airdate: November 10, 2022

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Korva Coleman, award winning newscaster for NPR, from Phoenix, Arizona is known for writing, producing, and delivering daily national newscasts airing during NPR’s news magazines, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Coleman said, she ended up working at NPR by accident. She ran into someone at a D.C. bookstore, where she worked, and was encouraged to apply for a position at a local NPR member station.

Her daily schedule changed quite a bit when she started working for NPR. Coleman said, as an NPR newscaster, she wakes up at 12:30 a.m. and is usually at work by about 3:15 a.m. Most of her mornings are spent consuming news and doing prep work to deliver the news.

“I need to know what was happening while I was sleeping, so that I can in turn prepare the news of the day for you while you were sleeping,” Coleman said.

She also said, at NPR preparing and building the news is a team effort, where anchors communicate with each other to make them aware of the news that may be breaking during their shift.

Korva not only has a passion for delivering news, but she’s also passionate about training students of color to be the next generation of public radio reporters and newscasters through her Diversity in Journalism Internship.

What I wanted to do is I want to light a single candle instead of cursing the darkness,” Korva said. “So in order to accomplish that, the best thing I can do is help provide seed money from member stations around the country to bring in a student journalist of color to work in an NPR newsroom. So I’ll light that match. I will light the candle but it’s up to the individual NPR newsrooms to identify the student journalists of color and bring them in so that they are trained in a public radio way of life.”

She helped provide several NPR newsroom internships to students of color around the country; in the next two years she said she hopes to provide a dozen more.

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