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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Drummond’

Tricks of the Trade With NPR’s Laura Sullivan

NPR Investigations Correspondent Laura Sullivan is the subject of today’s Tricks of the Trade feature. And the timing couldn’t be more fitting. Credentials: On May 23, she’ll pick up a Peabody  for a report called “Behind the Bail Bond System.” She also recently won an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award and a Dupont-Columbia Silver Bond award back in January.

1. Favorite Interview Technique: And then what happened?… what did you think of that?… and then what happened?… what did you think of that?.. and then what happened?

2. Most Compelling Question You’ve Ever Asked: See above.  Conversely, worst non-question question I’ve ever asked: “Talk a little bit about…” I might as well have said, “Talk about whatever you feel like talking about in as boring a way as you feel like saying it, and don’t bother to actually address anything I’ve come here to talk to you about.  But please, go ahead.”

3. Best Self-Editing Approach: With an axe, not a scalpel.  Only 15 percent of a first draft is any good.

4. What to do When an Interview is Tanking: Cut and run. Find a better subject. If you really have to have the person/interview,  I take off my head phones (put away the  notepad for a while) so they relax and think the important part is over — and start over.

5. Approaching Lawmakers and other “Important People”: Groan. The approach isn’t the problem.  (The interview’s either in their self-interest or not. Doesn’t matter what you say.) Getting them to give a compelling interview is.

6. Most Surprising Thing to Happen During an Interview…

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NPR Welcomes Martin Back from ABC News

This just in…an internal memo from Steve Drummond, NPR’s senior national editor:

I’m hugely delighted to announce that Rachel Martin is returning to NPR as National Security Correspondent. She’ll join Bruce Auster‘s team with Tom Gjelten, Tom Bowman, and Dina Temple-Raston, and she’ll focus on a mix of military and intelligence issues.

Since 2008 Rachel has been covering the White House and national security for ABC News. Many of you know Rachel from her previous work at NPR. She’s reported from Berlin for the Foreign Desk and covered religion on the National Desk. She was part of the team of NPR journalists who covered the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 and most recently hosted the Bryant Park Project.

She also worked as a free-lance reporter for NPR from Afghanistan and she has reported from Iraq. And Rachel is yet another distinguished graduate of member station KQED in San Francisco. Those like me who’ve worked with Rachel know that she’s an aggressive reporter, a gifted writer and a great colleague. I know she’ll hit the ground running. Rachel begins mid-May — please join me in welcoming her back.

Steve