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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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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”