Shannon Rhoades is NPR's senior editor for interviews.
From politics and world affairs to tech and culture, she works on newsmaker interviews across all NPR shows and platforms. In breaking news, she strategizes and coordinates the network's interview coverage.
She was based for many years at NPR West as Morning Edition's senior supervising editor and specialized in shaping engaging host conversations and features.
She edited many of Renee Montagne's reporting trips to Afghanistan, Steve Inskeep's U.S.-Mexico borderland series, David Greene's reporting from Cuba and Susan Stamberg's Hollywood Jobs series.
Rhoades started her career as an editorial assistant for Susan Stamberg, one of NPR's "Founding Mothers."
She is a graduate of Smith College and is always missing her Ashland, Ore., hometown.
JoAnne Bland was 11 when she marched in Selma on March 7, 1965, known today as "Bloody Sunday." Her tours are a window into the violence of that day and her city's role in the fight for civil rights.
As a young attorney, Gray helped defend some of the biggest names of the civil rights movement. If his life had a motto, it would be, as he often says, "To destroy everything segregated I could find."
The infamous July 25 call between Volodymyr Zelenskiy and President Trump made what was already a delicate diplomatic situation for the new Ukrainian president even more complicated.
Bobby McFerrin is best known for his feelgood 1988 hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Now, his daughter Madison is a singer-songwriter on the rise.