What does it mean to be an American?
We are finding, coaching and training public media’s next generation. This #nprnextgenradio project is created in Oregon, where four talented reporters are participating in a week-long state-of-the-art training program.
In this project we are speaking to people from various walks of life—whether they are Indigenous, native born, a naturalized citizen, a refugee or an immigrant without legal status—to ask what it means to be an American.
Being low-income doesn’t make you less of an American
by CATILINA DUQUE
Damien Wheeler grew up in a low income community in Vancouver, Washington. He now works giving back to that same neighborhood, lifting families out of poverty and helping them become more knowledgeable citizens.
Regaining freedom to choose: Formerly incarcerated man prioritizes family, forgiveness, and self-determination
Steven Stroud’s identity was once intertwined with racism and substance abuse. Then he spent 13 years in prison and everything changed.
Plays in prisons: How a Portland actor connects adults in custody with classic Greek theater
For over 20 years, Paul Susi has performed classical theater to discover different parts of himself. Now, he works to bring prisoners closer to the outside world through the arts.
Creativity helps an asylum seeker, artist, and father build a life in America
Manuel de Jesus Isasi Hernandez is a Honduran native awaiting asylum in the United States. But while he had begun to plant emotional roots in the Pacific Northwest, his legal journey was taking a different route.
This edition of the #NPRNextGenRadio project was produced in collaboration with Oregon Public Broadcasting in July 2021.
- Managing Editor – Traci Tong, Editor, Public Media Journalists Association
- Digital Editors – Amara Aguilar, University of Southern California; and Kylene Yumul, University of Nevada, Reno
- Audio Tech – Selena Seay-Reynolds, Freelancer Audio Engineer, Los Angeles
- Illustrators – Yunyi Dai, Baltimore; Lauren Ibanez, Houston; Ard Su, New York; and Emily Whang, Los Angeles
- Visuals – Erica Lee, Freelance Visual Journalist, Jersey City, New Jersey
- Web Developer – Robert Boos, Metropolitan State, Minneapolis
Our journalist/mentors for this project were:
- Mariana Dale, Early Childhood Education Reporter, KPCC
- Elizabeth Miller, Education Reporter, Oregon Public Broadcasting
- Donald Orr, Joan Cirillo Emerging Journalists Fellow, Oregon Public Broadcasting
- Meerah Powell, Higher Education Reporter, Oregon Public Broadcasting
NPR’s Next Generation Radio program is directed by its founder, Doug Mitchell.