Peabody Award-winner Peter Breslow is a senior producer for NPR's newsmagazine Weekend Edition. He has been with the program since 1992. Prior to that, he was a producer for NPR's All Thing's Considered.
Breslow has reported and produced from around the country and the world from Mt. Everest to the South Pole. During his career he has covered military conflicts in a half dozen countries, had his microphone splattered with rattlesnake venom and played hockey underwater. For six years he was the supervising senior producer of Weekend Edition Saturday, managing that program's news coverage.
Over the years, Breslow has been honored with three Overseas Press Club awards: 1989 for Homecoming: Return to Vietnam, 1998 for Israel at 50 and 1999 for NPR's Kosovo Coverage. Among his other awards are a share of the 2002 duPont-Columbia Award for NPR's coverage of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan; and the 2003 duPont-Columbia Award for NPR's coverage of the war in Iraq. He also received a William Benton Fellowship in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Chicago.
In 1988, Breslow won a coveted Peabody Award for his series of reports, Cowboys on Everest. Microphone in hand, he joined members of the Wyoming Centennial Expedition as they scaled the snow and ice up 23,000 feet on Mount Everest's North Ridge.
A native of River Edge, New Jersey, Breslow worships Muddy Waters, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and an Eagle Scout.
Before coming to NHPR, Emily was the associate programmer for Public Radio Remix, with Roman Mars (of 99% Invisible); hosted and produced Youthcast, a podcast from the Public Radio Exchange; and worked on other freelance projects in Boston. Emily studied cello performance and music composition at the California Institute of the Arts, then fell in love with public radio while schlepping between gigs on LA freeways. She worked on NPR's StateImpact project for two years, covering business & economy in New Hampshire, before transitioning to covering the Seacoast Region.
NPR listeners often ask, "What is her name anyway — Keema Leski, Kim Alesky, Kay Marlenski, or what?" Her name is Kee Malesky, nee Christine Mary Shields, of Brooklyn, N.Y. The "Christine" became "Kee" when her youngest sister learned to talk, and because she thought it was a really cool name, she stuck with it.
With her colleagues in the Reference Library, Kee Malesky performs background research, answers fact-checking questions, finds experts and story ideas, and provides guidance to staff on grammar, usage, and pronunciations (but don't blame her when someone says "nook-yoo-ler"). She coordinates the library's internal News Wiki, and has also worked on special projects for NPR — producing Election Night briefing books, documenting the early history of the network, and assisting with journalist training projects.
Kee has been married since 1970 to Robert Malesky, who was the senior producer of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday for twenty years. However, they are not on the official "NPR Couples" list because they met and married before either of them came to NPR.
After several years as an administrative drudge for NPR, Kee abandoned the network to get her Masters degree in Library Science from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She had planned to find a position deep in an archive somewhere with no human contact, but was lured back to NPR by her friends in the Broadcast Library in 1984. After cataloguing NPR programs for three years, Kee became the staff librarian for the original version of NPR's arts magazine program, Performance Today, and then moved to the News Reference Library in 1990.
Breaking the Mold: The Kee Malesky Story (2003) is a completely fictional account of Kee's early life. Producer Josh Seftel, working on a documentary about environmental science, asked Kee for permission to use her name for the character, a high school girl who enjoys research and finds the solution to a house mold problem that is making people sick. Aired on PBS and at film festivals around the country, the short film has been well-received by reviewers and audiences. The Providence Journal called it "a zanily eccentric tale."
In 2009, Kee took some time off to write All Facts Considered; The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge (Wiley 2010), a compendium of interesting and unusual facts that she has accumulated during more than two decades answering questions for NPR reporters, editors, and hosts. She followed that volume with a second collection, Learn Something New Every Day, 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life (Wiley 2012).
Kee has received several awards in recognition of her contributions to the profession, include the 2012 Dow Jones Leadership Award presented by the Special Libraries Association. She is an active member of SLA and of Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society of librarianship.
Erica reports on environment and energy issues for WFPL, which run the gamut from stories about the regionââââ
Irina Zhorov is a reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Wyoming. In between, she worked as a photographer and writer for Philadelphia-area and national publications. Her professional interests revolve around environmental and energy reporting and she's reported on mining issues from Wyoming, Mexico, and Bolivia. She's been supported by the Dick and Lynn Cheney Grant for International Study, the Eleanor K. Kambouris Grant, and the Social Justice Research Center Research Grant for her work on Bolivian mining and Uzbek alpinism. Her work has appeared on Voice of America, National Native News, and in Indian Country Today, among other publications.
In her off time, Irina is pursuing treasure hunters, leafing through photo books, or planning and executing quests.
Madhulika Sikka is Executive Editor for NPR News, a role she joined in January 2013. As Executive Editor, Sikka oversees all desks and reporters, and helps set the agenda for the entire News division.
Previously, Sikka was executive producer of NPR's Morning Edition, public radio's most-listened-to program. Under her leadership, Morning Edition traveled across the globe and the country reporting on the defining issues of our time, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and NABJ award-winning "The York Project: Race and the '08 Vote." In 2010, Morning Edition traveled The Grand Trunk Road a ground-breaking journey along the famed highway through India and Pakistan examining the challenges facing the youth in one of the world's most volatile areas. Under her tenure, Morning Edition hosts reported from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and, most recently, along the Revolutionary Road: Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.
Sikka, an award-winning news producer, joined NPR in 2006 as supervising senior producer of Morning Edition and was promoted to deputy executive producer in 2008 and executive producer in 2009.
Prior to her arrival at NPR, Sikka worked for ABC News's Nightline, where she was a senior producer responsible for all aspects of the daily news broadcast, including editorial decisions and production. She joined Nightline in 1992 as a researcher and was promoted to producer. Prior to joining ABC News, she worked for World Monitor Television, CBS News, and NBC News.
She is the recipient of four Emmys, two duPont awards, a Barone award, two Peabodys, three SAJA Awards, and an NABJ Award. She was also the recipient of the India Abroad Publisher's Award for Special Excellence 2009. She is the author of the forthcoming book: A Breast Cancer Alphabet.
Under her direction are the dedicated journalists and staff of a program that draws an audience of almost 13 million listeners each week — listeners who loyally tune to the program for global news, commentary, and arts coverage. One of the most respected newsmagazines in the world, Morning Edition airs Monday through Friday on more than 700 public radio stations across the United States.
She received a BA from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and an M.Phil in Economics and Politics of Development from Cambridge University.