For over 20 years, Minnesota Public Radio’s Broadcast Journalist Series commissions journalists and correspondents for a 24-hour residency four times a year, two events in the fall and two events in the spring. While here they share insights on their craft as well as on people and events. The Broadcast Journalist Series is an hour long live discussion with a visiting journalist and includes an audience Q&A. The interview is recorded for later broadcast on MPR News.
Spring 2019 Season
April 8, 7 p.m. (6:30 doors)
The O’Shaughnessy Educational Center
Noel King is host of Morning Edition and Up First, along with Steve Inskeep, Rachel Martin, and David Greene, and correspondent for Planet Money.
At Planet Money, her reporting centers on economic questions that don’t have simple answers. Her stories have explored what is owed to victims of police brutality who were coerced into false confessions, how institutions that benefited from slavery are atoning to the descendants of enslaved Americans, and why a giant Chinese conglomerate invested millions of dollars in her small, rural hometown. Her favorite part of the job is finding complex, and often conflicted, people at the center of these stories.
While at NPR, she has also served as a fill-in host for Weekend All Things Considered and 1A from NPR Member station WAMU.
May 6, 7 p.m. (6:30 doors)
The O’Shaughnessy Educational Center
Jason Beaubien is NPR’s Global Health and Development Correspondent on the Science Desk. In this role, he reports on a range of issues across the world. He’s covered the plight of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, mass cataract surgeries in Ethiopia, abortion in El Salvador, poisonous gold mines in Nigeria, drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar and tuberculosis in Tajikistan. He was part of a team of reporters at NPR that won a Peabody Award in 2015 for their extensive coverage of the West Africa Ebola outbreak. His current beat also examines development issues including why Niger has the highest birth rate in the world, can private schools serve some of the poorest kids on the planet and the links between obesity and economic growth.
Prior to becoming the Global Health and Development Correspondent in 2012, Beaubien spent four years based in Mexico City covering Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. In that role, Beaubien filed stories on politics in Cuba, the 2010 Haitian earthquake, the FMLN victory in El Salvador, the world’s richest man and Mexico’s brutal drug war.
For his first multi-part series as the Mexico City correspondent, Beaubien drove the length of the U.S./Mexico border making a point to touch his toes in both oceans. The stories chronicled the economic, social and political changes along the violent frontier.
Host: Angela Davis
Angela Davis is the host of MPR News with Angela Davis, which debuts December 3rd. Prior to launching a career in radio, she was a news anchor and reporter at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV, the CBS and ABC affiliates in Minneapolis/St.Paul. Angela has won five regional Emmy Awards for anchoring and covering breaking news. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She’s the mother of two teenagers and serves on the board of YWCA Minneapolis.
All events take place at the University of St. Thomas O’Shaughnessy Education Center and are free, but tickets must be reserved.
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