September 30, 2023

Pricey All,

We’re thrilled to announce that Cheryl Corley has been employed as everlasting Midwest Bureau Chief, efficient instantly, after an inside search.

The Midwest Bureau Chief is a vital place, linking the NPR newsroom to a whole bunch of member station newsrooms throughout 9 states within the area. In her time serving in an appearing capability, Cheryl has elevated the voices of numerous member station reporters, bringing very important tales to a nationwide viewers.

Cheryl has been a reporter and correspondent for NPR for 28 years, protecting all sorts of tales from her house base in Chicago.

Cheryl has additionally been a key collaborator as a part of a NPR’s prison justice vertical—the place she was in a position to delve into tales about juvenile justice, solitary confinement, and the way ladies could change policing. She’s additionally lined communities ravaged by violence, and those who have labored to regain their footing – whether or not it was after a taking pictures at a New York grocery store, in a South Carolina church or on the streets of Chicago or Minneapolis.

She’s additionally been heard as an everyday substitute host for All Issues Thought of WeekendsMorning VersionInform Me Extra and Information and Notes. “I’ve been right here a very long time,” she says.

Cheryl provides: “Now I’ll use that have and experience in my new function as Midwest Bureau Chief. It’s a job I’ve held on an appearing foundation since final August –modifying and cultivating new voices for NPR and dealing with seasoned NPR and member station reporters. So, when you’ve heard a few good Midwest story, know a reporter who must get on the nationwide air—ship them my approach! Trying ahead to working with them and making NPR sound higher than ever.”

Please be part of me in congratulating Cheryl. We couldn’t be happier for what this implies for our protection of reports throughout the Midwest, and the journalists who cowl it day by day from member stations throughout the area.

Moreover – Jason DeRose will likely be protecting faith for NPR on a brief project till the tip of September. It is a grant funded place. He’ll be reporting on the methods perception shapes American public life and the methods American life shapes spiritual expression.

Jason has lengthy been NPR’s Western Bureau Chief, modifying information protection from Member station reporters and freelancers in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii. He additionally edited protection of faith and LGBTQ+ rights for the Nationwide Desk. Earlier, he was an editor on NPR’s Enterprise Desk and on the previous NPR mid-day information journal Day to Day.

Earlier than coming to NPR in 2008, Jason had been a reporter and editor at Member stations in Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis and Tampa. His work has gained quite a few awards, together with from the Faith Information Affiliation, the Faith Communicators Council, the Native American Journalists Affiliation and NLGJA: The Affiliation of LGBTQ+ Journalists.

Exterior of public radio, Jason labored as an oral historical past interviewer at america Holocaust Memorial Museum, as a coach on the Worldwide Heart for Journalists and as a nursing house chaplain. He taught journalism ethics, radio reporting, multimedia storytelling and faith reporting at DePaul College in Chicago and at Northwestern College’s Medill Faculty of Journalism.

We’re thrilled that Jason will be capable of tackle this project, and know he’ll deal with it with aplomb.

In Jason’s absence, Eric Westervelt will likely be serving as appearing Western Bureau Chief till mid-June, at which level Ravenna Koenig will slide into the seat from her house base in Seattle, Washington. Each had been chosen after an inside search.

Eric is a long-time NPR correspondent based mostly within the San Francisco Bay Space. For a decade as a overseas correspondent, Westervelt served as NPR reporter and bureau chief in Baghdad, Jerusalem, and Berlin. Nearer to house, he’s not too long ago lined points involving policing and psychological well being in San Francisco, and the pitfalls of maximum climate on the West Coast.

Earlier than becoming a member of NPR, Westervelt labored as a reporter in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, reported for the published version of the Christian Science Monitor, Monitor Radio, and labored as a information director and reporter in New Hampshire for NHPR.

Ravenna Koenig is an NPR veteran, at present engaged on the Tradition Desk. She’s beforehand labored on varied reveals throughout the community, together with Morning Version and Weekend Version. She’s executed all of it – from modifying, to producing, to directing, to reporting for reveals throughout the community.

After a number of years at NPR, she joined Alaska’s Vitality Desk, working as an vitality and surroundings reporter. She reported each from Fairbanks, in addition to Alaska’s northernmost city of Utqiaġvik, which serves as a hub for worldwide Arctic analysis and can be on the entrance line of local weather change. She’s now in hotter if not drier climates, and we couldn’t be happier to have her within the vital function.