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Connie Walker has been the President and General Manager of North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC since 2009. Prior to being appointed manager, she worked for nearly 30 years in various content positions including Program Director, News Director and Reporter at WUNC, News Director and reporter at Wisconsin Public Radio and also was a journalist at commercial radio stations in the Midwest. She is a leader in the public radio system, and joined the Board of Directors for NPR in 2012. The board sets the policies and overall direction for NPR management, monitors NPR's performance, and provides financial oversight. Connie also was appointed to the board of DEI, the development exchange, in 2013. DEI provides nationwide leadership in fostering integrated and innovative business practices so that local communities can sustain high-quality public radio. She is currently also serving on the boards of the Station Resource Group, Eastern Regional Public Media, and is Secretary for the board of The University Station Alliance. She also served two terms as president of Public Radio News Directors Incorporated from 2001 to 2005.
Connie is responsible for the management, growth and sustainability of WUNC, the public radio broadcast service of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. WUNC serves 300,000 weekly listeners across analog, HD and online platforms. In North Carolina, WUNC reaches 42 counties, from Greensboro to the Outer Banks. North Carolina Public Radio is headquartered on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, and also has a large production facility at the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham. North Carolina Public Radio has reporters at bureaus located in Greensboro at the Triad Stage, a Raleigh studio at the Museum of Natural Sciences and at the state legislative building. In addition to WUNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Public Radio broadcasts on signals in Rocky Mount, Manteo and Buxton.
Under Connie’s direction, North Carolina Public Radio is a system leader in audience, fundraising and program production. WUNC is number one in morning drive in the Raleigh market and consistently outperforms its market size nationally in nearly every audience measurement category. In addition, WUNC’s programming teams have won some of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism.
Locally, Connie’s activities include membership on the Board of Directors for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Association of University Women Professionals, membership in the Triangle Leadership Group of Fifty and participation in the American Heart Association’s “Circle of Red”. She is also a Big Sister mentor to a teenage girl through Big Brothers and Sisters of the Triangle.
Connie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and English from the University of WisconsinOshkosh. She was a recipient of the university’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1993.
Julie Rovner is a health policy correspondent for NPR specializing in the politics of health care.
Reporting on all aspects of health policy and politics, Rovner covers the White House, Capitol Hill, the Department of Health and Human Services in addition to issues around the country. She served as NPR's lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the 2010 health overhaul bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
A noted expert on health policy issues, Rovner is the author of a critically-praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z. Rovner is also co-author of the book Managed Care Strategies 1997, and has contributed to several other books, including two chapters in Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, edited by political scientists Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann.
In 2005, Rovner was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress for her coverage of the passage of the Medicare prescription drug law and its aftermath.
Rovner has appeared on television on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and NOW with Bill Moyers. Her articles have appeared in dozens of national newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, USA Today, Modern Maturity, and The Saturday Evening Post.
Prior to NPR, Rovner covered health and human services for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, specializing in health care financing, abortion, welfare, and disability issues. Later she covered health reform for the Medical News Network, an interactive daily television news service for physicians, and provided analysis and commentary on the health reform debates in Congress for NPR. She has been a regular contributor to the British medical journal The Lancet. Her columns on patients' rights for the magazine Business and Health won her a share of the 1999 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award.
An honors graduate, Rovner has a degree in political science from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Marilyn Geewax is a senior editor, assigning and editing business radio stories. She also serves as the national economics correspondent for the NPR web site, and regularly discusses economic issues on Tell Me More and Here & Now.
Her work contributed to NPR's 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for hard news for "The Foreclosure Nightmare." Geewax also worked on the foreclosure-crisis coverage that was recognized with a 2009 Heywood Broun Award.
Before to joining NPR in 2008, Geewax served as the national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers' Washington Bureau. Before that, she worked at Cox's flagship paper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, first as a business reporter and then as a columnist and editorial board member. She got her start as a reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal.
Over the years, she has filed business news stories from China, Japan, South Africa and Europe.
Geewax was a 1994-95 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where she studied economics and international relations. She earned a master's degree at Georgetown University, focusing on international economic affairs, and has a bachelor's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.
Jason Beaubien is NPR's Global Health and Development Correspondent on the Science Desk.
In this role, he reports on a range of health issues across the world including the mobilization of massive circumcision drives in Kenya; how Botswana, with one of the highest rates of HIV in the world, has managed to provide free, life-saving drugs to almost all who need them; and why Brazil's once model HIV/AIDS program is seen in decline.
Prior to moving into this assignment in 2012, Beaubien spent four years a NPR foreign correspondent covering Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. From his base in Mexico City, Beaubien filed stories on politics in Cuba, hurricanes in Haiti, the FMLN victory in El Salvador, the world's richest man and Mexico's brutal drug war.
For his first multi-part series as the Mexico City correspondent, Beaubien drove the length of the U.S./Mexico border making a point to touch his toes in both oceans. The stories chronicled the economic, social and political changes along the violent frontier.
In 2002, Beaubien joined NPR after volunteering to cover a coup attempt in the Ivory Coast. Over the next four years, Beaubien worked as a foreign correspondent in sub-Saharan Africa, visiting 27 countries on the continent. His reporting ranged from poverty on the world's poorest continent, the HIV in the epicenter of the epidemic, and the all-night a cappella contests in South Africa, to Afro-pop stars in Nigeria and a trial of white mercenaries in Equatorial Guinea.
During this time, he covered the famines and wars of Africa, as well as the inspiring preachers and Nobel laureates. Beaubien was one of the first journalists to report on the huge exodus of people out of Sudan's Darfur region into Chad, as villagers fled some of the initial attacks by the Janjawid. He reported extensively on the steady deterioration of Zimbabwe and still has a collection of worthless Zimbabwean currency.
In 2006, Beaubien was awarded a Knight-Wallace fellowship at the University of Michigan to study the relationship between the developed and the developing world.
Beaubien grew up in Maine, started his radio career as an intern at NPR Member Station KQED in San Francisco and worked at WBUR in Boston before joining NPR.