About Us

Our mission is to elevate the quality of public media journalism wherever it reaches people. We train public media journalists of all levels — from interns to international correspondents — in the values and best practices that guide NPR’s journalism.

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Argin Hutchins is the team’s Audio Production Specialist. His career in radio spans nearly two decades and includes infrastructure projects that improved the production of public radio. NPR recruited Argin in 2004 to its audio engineering team, where he developed his “ear.” He helped launch Tell Me More with Michel Martin; along with serving as the program’s director, he produced and reported personal finance pieces. Argin founded an audio production company and managed the production of the nationally syndicated Truth, Politics & Power.

Email: ahutchins@npr.org
Twitter: @ProducerArgin

Cheryl Thompson is the team’s Audience and Digital Content Specialist. She comes to NPR from NBC Washington, where she managed the station’s social media accounts across major platforms; trained colleagues throughout the organization on use of social media; and created feature content for the website. Prior to NBC Washington, she was an editor at AOL and Time Inc. Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Maryland and a D.C.-area native.

Email: cthompson1@npr.org
Twitter: @cheryl_lisa

Doug Mitchell is the founder and project director for Next Generation Radio, leading digital training for college students and early career professionals, especially rising journalists of color. Since 2014, "Next Gen" has trained 300+ participants with several dozen now working in public media and other areas of journalism. Doug is a 1997 ICFJ Fellow and a 2003 Fulbright Senior Specialist; has been an instructor at Georgetown and CUNY's Newmark School of Journalism; is on the Board of Trustees for the American Press Institute; and is Chair of the Board for the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University.

Email: nextgenerationradio@npr.org
Twitter: @nextgenradio

Holly J. Morris is the team’s Digital Storytelling Specialist. In her 20-plus years as a journalist, she’s been an editor and reporter at U.S. News & World Report; a science editor for National Geographic’s website; and a founding editor of The Washington Post Express. Prior to joining NPR, Holly taught college in her home state of Georgia. She got her start teaching as an organizer for the nonprofit Knowledge Commons DC. Holly holds degrees from Emory University and Columbia University.

Email: hmorris@npr.org

Jasmine Richmond is NPR’s Diversity and Training Project Coordinator. Previously, she worked at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), where she led APTA’s K-12 youth, career and education awareness programs while supporting APTA’s professional development programs. She is a board member of CISV Washington DC, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bridgewater College, in Bridgewater, Va.

Email: jrichmond@npr.org

Jerome Socolovsky (he/him/él) is NPR Training’s Audio Storytelling Specialist. He trains reporters, editors and producers to do better journalism, drawing lessons from his nearly three decades in the business, mostly overseas. He's been a foreign and international justice correspondent for the Associated Press, religion reporter for the Voice of America and editor in chief of Religion News Service. From 2002-2010, he was NPR’s correspondent in Spain, where he recorded people shouting “Gooooool!!!!!” far too many times and went to great lengths to avoid running with the bulls in Pamplona. Jerome is a second-generation argentino americano polyglot who loves a siesta and is still trying to figure out Instagram.

Email: jsocolovsky@npr.org
Twitter: @jeromesoco

Kasia Podbielski is the team’s Director, supervising the day-to-day work of the team. Kasia is masterful at building programs from scratch, overseeing complex projects and sparking collaborations across disciplines. She helped launch multiple NPR podcasts, including Embedded and Wow in the World, organized events and helped NPR scale digital training to hundreds of journalists across public radio. Kasia studied at the University of Puget Sound and Georgetown University.

Email: kpodbielski@npr.org
Twitter: @KasiaPodbielski

Keith Woods is NPR's Chief Diversity Officer. Since 2010, he has led the network’s diversity efforts and has worked with more than 30 member stations. Keith trained journalists in writing, editing, diversity and leadership at the Poynter Institute, where he spent 15 years. He was a sportswriter, news reporter, city editor and editorial writer in 16 years at the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Keith is a graduate of Dillard University and holds a master’s from Tulane. He has chaired two Pulitzer Prize juries and is co-editor of The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race & Ethnicity.

Email: kwoods@npr.org
Twitter: @keithwoods

Sara Richards is the team’s Project Manager. She designs editorial training programs for interns and new employees, manages NPR’s mentorship program, and coordinates leadership and culture workshops. Sara began her career at NPR in 2007 as an Arts Desk intern and worked at daily news shows before becoming the founding producer of NPR Berlin. She’s also done producing stints at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle and C-SPAN. Originally from Tennessee, Sara studied at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Bonn.

Email: srichards@npr.org
Twitter: @sarasararich

Whitney Maddox is NPR’s inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager. She leads company-wide antiracism workshops as well as other leadership and diversity trainings to support more than 250 member stations across the country. Whitney also facilitates inclusion and belonging workshops across the organization for leadership and staff to help individuals and teams advance DE&I goals across the company.

Email: wmaddox@npr.org

Our interns

Emma Grazado (she/her) writes content for this very site. She’s a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and enjoys cooking, doing crosswords and talking about being from the Boston area.

Email: egrazado@npr.org
Twitter: @EmmaGrazado

Jireh Deng (they/she) manages the Diverse Sources Database and writes the Source of the Week newsletter. They are a poet and journalist based in Southern California with an intense passion for noodles, dumplings, and Asian American literature and music.

Email: jdeng@npr.org
Twitter: @jireh_deng

This site was designed Rene Sanchez and Holly J. Morris of the NPR Training team. Team portraits by Halisia Hubbard.