Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.
Scouring the various and often overlapping worlds of art, music, television, film, new media and literature, Ulaby's radio and online stories reflect political and economic realities, cultural issues, obsessions and transitions, as well as artistic adventurousness— and awesomeness.
Ari Shapiro is an NPR international correspondent based in London. An award-winning journalist, his reporting covers a wide range of topics and can be heard on all of NPR's national news programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Prior to his current post, Shapiro reported from the NPR Washington Desk as White House Correspondent during President Barack Obama's first and second terms, as Justice Correspondent during the George W. Bush administration and as a regular guest host on NPR's newsmagazines. He is also a frequent analyst on CNN, PBS, NBC and other television news outlets.
Tovia Smith is an award-winning NPR News National Desk correspondent based in Boston.
For the last 25 years, Smith has been covering news around New England and beyond. She's reported extensively on the debate over gay marriage in Massachusetts and the sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic Church, including breaking the news of the Pope's secret meeting with survivors.
Smith has traveled to New Hampshire to report on seven consecutive Primary elections, to the Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill, and to Ground Zero in New York City after the September 11, 2001 attacks. She covered landmark court cases — from the trials of British au pair Louise Woodward, and abortion clinic gunman John Salvi, to the proceedings against shoe bomber Richard Reid.
Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR. The focus of his reporting is on human behavior and the social sciences, and how research in those fields can get listeners to think about the news in unusual and interesting ways.
Before joining NPR in 2011, Vedantam spent 10 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. From 2007 to 2009, he was also a columnist, and wrote the Department of Human Behavior column for the Post. Vedantam writes an occasional column for Slate called "Hidden Brain."
Kim Willis has worked in non-profit development since 2005 and joined WMUK in 2012. She works closely with the General Manager on special events, volunteer coordination, donor and volunteer communication, and fund administration.
Email: kimberly.willis (at) wmuk.org Phone: (269) 387 5780
Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also assists the station with social media practices and occasionally anchors during All Things Considered. She is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
As engineer for WMUK, Martin Klemm could be taking care of a producer's computer in the morning, recording the Kalamazoo Symphony that evening, and producing Grass Roots the next afternoon. Being concerned with details and the staff's comfort, Martin will never run out of things to do. Before coming to WMUK in 2003, Martin worked in Los Angeles making records with some outstanding producers, but preferred to be close to his family here in west Michigan. He enjoys keeping a busy schedule balancing WMUK, operating a recording studio downtown Kalamazoo, and remodeling his home in the Edison neighborhood.
Email: martin.klemm (at) wmuk.org Phone: (269) 387 3169
Mark Tomlonson has been WMUK's Chief Engineer since 1984. In addition to his responsibilities for technical quality at the station, Mark also records concerts for WMUK. He was previously Chief Engineer for WBST in Muncie, IN and WAYT in Wabash, IN.
Email: mark.tomlonson (at) wmich.edu Phone: (269) 387 5738
WMUK's Morning Edition anchor, Gordon Evans is also an accomplished reporter and interviewer. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he came to WMUK from WAAM in Ann Arbor.
Gordon Bolar brings 16 years of Public Broadcasting experience to the position of General Manager at WMUK. Gordon served with Public Television and Public Radio stations in Grand Rapids and Anchorage Alaska. He was also WMUK's Development Director for 5 years.
Email: gordon.bolar (at) wmuk.org Phone: (269) 387 5719
Anders Dahlberg oversees WMUK's Underwriting program, arranging corporate support for our programming. He has worked for many years with local non-profits and the arts and education communities.
Email: anders.dahlberg (at) wmich.edu Phone: (269) 387 5647
Andy Robins has been WMUK's News Director since 1998 and a broadcast journalist for over 24 years. He joined WMUK's staff in 1985. Under his direction, WMUK has received numerous awards for news reporting.
Email: andrew.robins (at) wmich.edu Phone: (269) 387 5717
Frank Langfitt is NPR's international correspondent based in Shanghai. He covers China, Japan, and the Koreas for NPR News. His reports have included visits to China's infamous black jails –- secret detention centers — as well as his own travails taking China's driver's test, which he failed three times.
Before moving to China, Langfitt was NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi. He reported from Sudan and covered the civil war in Somalia, where learned to run fast in Kevlar and interviewed imprisoned Somali pirates, who insisted they were just misunderstood fishermen. During the Arab spring, Langfitt covered the uprising and crushing of the reform movement in Bahrain.
Tamara Keith is a NPR White House Correspondent. She is especially focused on matters related to the economy and the Federal budget.
Prior to moving into her current role in January 2014, she was a Congressional Correspondent covering Congress with an emphasis on the budget, taxes and the ongoing fiscal fights. During the Republican presidential primaries she covered Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, and traveled with Mitt Romney leading into the primaries in Colorado and Ohio, among other states. She began covering congress in August 2011.