Producer Jonquilyn Hill came to 1A from NPR, where she was part of the Election Unit. JQ is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Producer Aileen Humphreys joined 1A after several years at WAMU, working as a host and broadcast technician. Previously, she lived on the North Shore of Oahu and was a host and producer at Hawaii Public Radio. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Producer Paige Osburn came to 1A from sunny Los Angeles, where she was an Associate Producer for News at Southern California Public Radio. Before that, she worked the 2 AM shift as a Writer/Producer at CBS Radio. She’s also done work for Marketplace, Take Two, Airtalk, and others. She enjoys long walks on the beach and does not hold a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.
Producer Avery J.C. Kleinman joined 1A after several years as a producer for The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU’s local talk show. She also works as a freelance reporter and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism.
Producer Morgan Givens is a storyteller, writer and producer who joined 1A after interning in the fall of 2017. Prior to that, he was a police officer in Washington, D.C., and later worked in prisons to eliminate sexual violence against incarcerated persons. Morgan has performed live for NPR’s Invisibilia, at The Moth, and presented on panels at the AFI Documentary Film Festival and at Podcast Movement 2019. A graduate of the Transom storytelling workshop and a former AIR New Voices scholar, Morgan is also the creator of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning hopepunk fiction podcast Flyest Fables.
Producer Kathryn Fink joined 1A from, well, interning at 1A. Before that, she was a freelancer at WHRO Public Media in Norfolk, Virginia. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia. She does a mean Gollum impression.
Digital editor Gabrielle Healy came to 1A as an intern. Previously, she interned at WBUR, PolitiFact and WCAI. She studied English and public policy at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and grew up in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. She likes reading, visiting the beach and eating ice cream, sometimes all at the same time.
Producer Stacia Brown joins 1A after creating two podcasts, The Rise of Charm City and Hope Chest. She previously worked as a freelance writer and audio producer and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a K-drama super fan.
Producer Haili Blassingame joined the 1A team after being their spring intern in 2019. She’s also had other internships with NPR’s Code Switch, Weekend Edition, and Music teams. She’s grateful that 1A has thwarted her plot to be a life-long intern. She’s a graduate of Spelman College and a native Washingtonian.
Podcast editor Miranda Fulmore is an award-winning journalist with several years’ experience reporting for radio, web, print and television outlets across the Southeast and Midwest.
Producer Christopher Castano joins 1A after spending time in New York studying data science. His first ever internship was in WAMU’s newsroom. He holds a B.A. in history from Georgetown University. As a native Vermonter, he could really do with some cooler weather in the summer months.
Producer Orion Donovan-Smith is a graduate student in American University’s investigative reporting program. After growing up outside Concrete, Washington, he earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Washington. He worked on international development and conflict management programs in central Africa before turning to journalism.
Producer Michelle Harven joins 1A after creating the Force for Hire podcast at Stars and Stripes. She also produces for the Smithsonian podcast, Sidedoor. Previously, she was an associate producer for the PBS NewsHour and created the podcast series, Legacy, which shares older generations’ stories for insight into the world today. Michelle graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from Emerson College.
Producer Emmanuel Johnson joined 1A in December 2019 and will be with the team through the 2020 election year. He’s a former intern with TED Radio Hour and has worked as a news assistant on several different shows at NPR. Johnson is a Durham. North Carolina native, but recently relocated from Atlanta where he attended Morehouse College. He recently earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in journalism.
1A Across America Live Events Producer Amanda Williams was raised in the Colorado Rockies and came to 1A by way of southern Virginia, where she was a local newspaper reporter. She holds a B.A. in economics from the College of William & Mary.
1A Across America Field Producer James Morrison is an award-winning broadcast reporter. His stories have aired on Morning Edition, Here & Now, The World and multiple public radio member stations. James is a seasoned field producer who has worked around the country and helped launch several podcasts. He began his career in northern California as the lead producer for Capital Public Radio’s daily interview show Insight.
Associate Producer Arfie Ghedi is a senior journalism major at Howard University. She grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She previously interned at The Atlantic’s CityLab and at Twin Cities PBS.
Audio engineer Jayk Cherry joined 1A after working as a broadcast technician and production coordinator at WAMU. Jayk was previously a freelance audio engineer for recording projects and a processing technician for the Recorded Sound Section at The Library of Congress. He has a B.A. in audio production and music from American University.
Senior producer Danielle Knight joined 1A after working as a producer on the Diane Rehm Show and as a congressional correspondent for U.S. News & World Report magazine. She’s reported for The New York Times, PRI’s Living on Earth and The Center for Public Integrity. Danielle holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Executive producer Rupert Allman moved to D.C. from New York where he worked for WNYC. He does not hold a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia.