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NPR Executive Producer Dies of Cancer

NPR’s Teshima Walker, Executive Producer of “Tell Me More,” died this morning after battling colon cancer for two years. She was 44. According to an announcement from NPR earlier today, she is survived by her husband, writer Jimi Izrael, her parents, William and Vonceal Walker and her sister, Eureva Walker.

Some history

Since 2011, Walker was the executive producer for NPR’s midday news program “Tell Me More,” hosted by Michel Martin. Walker was part of the public radio family for more than a decade. She first joined the afternoon newsmagazine “All Things Considered” as a journalism fellow in 2000. Later she spent three years as a producer for “The Tavis Smiley Show,” and then worked for “News and Notes.” In 2007, Walker became senior supervising producer of “Tell Me More,” where she remained for the next six years in a variety of capacities. A Chicago native, Walker first came to NPR by way of WBEZ, where she was a senior producer for morning newsmagazine “Eight Forty-Eight.”

Thoughts from her coworkers

As explained in the release, Walker’s NPR colleagues knew her as a “Southside Chicago girl to the core,” with an infectious laugh, and as someone who put herself aside for everyone.

Ellen McDonnell, exec. editor for NPR News Programming: “Teshima was a terrific journalist who worked tirelessly to bring new and diverse voices to air. She was a phenomenal advocate for the show, the staff and the audience. Tell Me More – and everyone who was lucky enough to work with Teshima – thrived under her leadership.” 

Michelle Martin: “Teshima made us all want to dig a little deeper, think harder, and be better. She was everything you could want in a manager and friend: kind and open-hearted when you needed her to be, and tough, but fair, when you needed her to be. While I already miss her amazing laugh and her incredible off-key rendition of the ‘Happy Birthday’ song, I know I am better for having heard them both. We are all very grateful for the time we had with her, and thank her husband, parents and sister for sharing these precious last days with us.” Read more

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NPR to Interview Controversial Rapper

NPR announces an interview today on “Tell me More” with rapper Kreayshawn. Host Michel Martin, who previously worked for WaPo and was a White House Correspondent for WSJ, will do the honors. A brief release says the rapper will talk “about her lyrics, many of which address class and reflect her upbringing as a white child in Oakland.”

In the details…Airdate: TODAY, October 26, on Tell Me More; Audio: Available at approximately 2 PM (ET) at npr.org; Transcript: Available at approximately 2 PM (ET)

NPR Wins Five NABJ Excellence Awards

NPR News has won five National Association of Black Journalists 2011 Salute to Excellence National Media Awards for best radio program, commentaries, feature reporting and interactive news.

The news was announced Saturday at the NABJ Convention in Philadelphia. The awards recognize journalism that best addresses and covers the African and/or African-American experience.

Winners include the news-talk show Tell Me More and host Michel Martin’s weekly commentary series, “Can I Just Tell You”; a multimedia piece tracking Haiti’s recovery from the devastating earthquake; and feature reports on singer Donny Hathaway and Civil Rights activist Dorothy Height.

The NPR.org feature “A Year of Challenges: Haiti After the Quake,” received first place for interactive news. The multimedia effort, led by Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia Keith Jenkins, and the Digital Media staff, presented a collection of NPR news stories on the country’s struggle to recover from the earthquake of 2010.

NPR National Desk reporter Allison Keyes won two awards: for best radio feature and best long form radio news story. Reported as part of NPR Music’s “50 Great Voices” series, Keyes’ story “Donny Hathaway: Neglected Heart of Soul” explored the singer’s solo work as the foundation of the soul genre, and his lasting influence on later musicians. Her second award was for “Remembering Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height,” a long form piece on the civil rights leader’s life.

NPR Gets David Byrne, Michael Stipe, Amb. Rice

NPR is taking the following guests to next weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

The List

Ambassador Susan Rice and Ian Cameron
Michael Stipe – lead singer R.E.M.
David Byrne – founding member, Talking Heads
Annie Clark – singer-songwriter, writes and records under the name St. Vincent)
Scott Z. Burns – writer/director/producer, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!, An Inconvenient Truth)
Mike White – actor/writer/director, School of Rock, Nacho Libre, The Good Girl, HBO’s Enlightened)

NPR hosts and journalists attending include: Don Gonyea, National Political Correspondent; Robert Siegel and Melissa Block, hosts, All Things Considered; Michel Martin, host, Tell Me More; Guy Raz, weekend host, All Things Considered; Peter Sagal, host, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!; Mara Liasson, National Political Correspondent; Scott Horsley, White House Correspondent; and Bob Boilen, host and creator, All Songs Considered.

By the Way, NPR’s New Sen. Editor Worked at ABC

The following internal memo from Teshima Walker, supervising senior producer of NPR’s “Tell Me More”, with Michel Martin announces a new “Supervising Senior Editor” for the program. The memo mentions ABC five times.

“For several months, Tell Me More searched for an experienced manager with sharp news judgment and a reputation for creating and executing on-air story ideas. We’ve found that person and I’m delighted to announce that Portia Robertson Migas will be the new Supervising Senior Editor of Tell Me More. Portia worked for ABC News for 24 years where she had a proven track record of managing numerous special projects. Her journalism career at ABC included work at ABC Radio, World News Tonight, 20/20 and ABC News NOW. Plus, Portia embraces all aspects of our growing media landscape – she has supervised editorial coverage of stories for broadcast and digital media. During Portia’s time at ABC Newsmagazines, she was part of the Washington team that contributed to the network’s duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Portia is a welcome addition to the Tell Me More team and says she is “thrilled to be joining such a talented group of journalists.” We’ll invite all staff to meet and greet Portia when she gets settled in September. Thanks, Teshima”

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Amb. Nancy Brinker, NBC’s Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and CBS medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Republican strategist Liz Cheney, Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson and former Clinton Labor Secretary and The American Prospect‘s Robert Reich

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and former director of the National Institutes of Health Bernadine Healy

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), CNN Republican strategist Mary Matalin, CNN Democratic strategist James Carville, California Republican Senate candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Continetti, Salon’s Joan Walsh, Washington Examiner‘s Julie Mason, former ABC correspondent Judy Muller

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Newsweek‘s Maziar Bahari

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time‘s Joe Klein, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, WaPo‘s Anne Kornblut and MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time‘s Karen Tumulty, NYT‘s David Sanger, LAT‘s Doyle McManus and Slate and CBS’ John Dickerson

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO), Active Health Management’s Dr. Melissa Clarke and a panel with NPR’s Michel Martin, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter, XM Satellite radio’s Joe Madison, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami, American Jewish Committee’s David Harris, Afghan Minister of Interior Hanif Atmar and former Finance Minister; Chairman, Institute of State Effectiveness Dr. Ashraf Ghani

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and a roundtable with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, BBC World News America’s Katty Kay, Al-Arabiya’s Hisham Melhem, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and The New York Times’ David Sanger.

  • This Week: Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senate Appointee Roland Burris (D-IL) and a roundtable with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Former President George H.W. Bush and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Saeb Erakat, chief Palestinian negotiator, Gov. Jon Corzine (D), Governor of New Jersey, Gov. Mark Sanford (R), Governor of South Carolina, Mitt Romney (R), former presidential candidate; former Governor of Massachusetts, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Amy Walter, CNN political contributor; editor-in-chief, The Hotline, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst and Ed Henry, CNN senior White House correspondent.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Erin Burnett of CNBC; David Brooks of the New York Times; Joe Klein of Time magazine; and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC.

  • Reliable Sources: Jonathan Martin, Politico, Carol Marin, anchor, WMAQ Chicago, Michel Martin, host, “Tell Me More” NPR, Jim Warren, former managing editor, The Chicago Tribune, Phil Bronstein, executive editor, The San Francisco Chronicle, Len Downie, executive editor, The Washington Post and Jessi Klein, writer and comedian.

  • C-SPAN’s In Depth: Author and journalist Bill Gertz

  • Inside Washington: Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, Politico’s Jeanne Cummings, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Sam Palmisano, CEO, IBM and Gilles Kepel, author, “Beyond Terror and Martyrdom”

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Obama-Biden transition team co-chair Valerie Jarrett, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) and a roundtable with White House historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham and Chicago Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell.

  • Face the Nation: Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, New York Times’ David Brooks and Politico’s John Harris.

  • This Week: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), George Will, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria and former White House adviser David Gergen.

  • Fox News Sunday: Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Sen. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, Jessica Yellin, CNN correspondent and Richard Stengel, managing editor, Time Magazine. Note: Late Edition airs live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Chris Matthews Show: HDNet’s Dan Rather, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, New York Times’ David Brooks and Elisabeth Bumiller.

  • Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe on XM’s POTUS ’08: Shailagh Murray, Mike Shear, Juliet Eilpern, Chris Cillizza and Dan Balz.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Josh Bolton, White House Chief of Staff is interviewed by Anne Kornblut, Washington Post and Jennifer Love, AP

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Longtime presidential advisor, civil rights leader and banker Vernon Jordan on Obama’s election.

  • Reliable Sources: Jessica Yellin, CNN correspondent, Jake Tapper, senior political correspondent, ABC News, Doyle McManus, Washington bureau chief, Los Angeles Times, Michel Martin, host, National Public Radio, Clarence Page, columnist, The Chicago Tribune, Stephanie Miller, nationally syndicated talk show host, Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor and Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk show host.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Adviser, Walter Isaacson, president, The Aspen Institute, Jon Meacham, author, ‘American Lion’, Robert Caro, author, ‘Master of the Senate’ and Joseph Ellis, author, ‘American Creation’

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.