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Mary Louise Kelly: Anchor of NPR's "All Things Considered" Discusses Her Career and Current Events

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Mary Louise Kelly 2018

Mary Louise Kelly, co-host of NPR's news program "All Things Considered," joins us to discuss her background and career, and the role of journalism today. Previously, she spent a decade as national security correspondent for NPR News. She has written two novels, and her writing has appeared in the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and other publications.

Mary Louise Kelly, co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.
Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.