Kijin Higashibaba

Afternoon Host and Reporter

My introduction to radio was an internship at WYSO in southwest Ohio, the public radio affiliate owned by Antioch College where I was a student. I was drawn in by the closeness and intimacy of radio storytelling and the power of people-centered media to reflect its community. After my internship I stayed on and did freelance and volunteer work, eventually training to be the substitute All Things Considered host.

I graduated with a degree in political economy in December 2016 and moved to Chicago to intern at Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! the NPR news quiz show. After that I worked as a general assignment reporting intern for WBEZ. These experiences enamored me of storytelling even more, and reminded me of the importance of finding and telling stories that empower people and communities.

I was born and raised in Massachusetts and happy to be back in the Northeast after five years in the Midwest. I like to ride my bike, read, and am teaching myself how to cook.


John Smith / WAER News

Some Central New York restaurant owners and employees are lining up against a plan to make tipped workers, such as waiters, into full minimum wage employees.  The New York State Restaurant Association is calling on local businesses to oppose Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal.  It would eliminate the “tip credit” that allows employers to pay a lower wage to workers who get tips.

Melissa Fleischut of the Restaurant Association says eliminating the credit would hurt workers and the industry.