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.

Send us a note at trainingteam@npr.org.

Argin Hutchins (he/him) is the team’s Audio Production Trainer. 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 (she/her) is the team’s Audience and Digital Content Trainer. 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 (he/him) is the founder and project director for Next Generation Radio, an audio-focused digital training opportunity for college journalists, early career professionals, and early-stage audio makers. Since 2013, "Next Gen" has grown to have nearly 500 alumni, of which 80 percent identify as women and more than 70% are people of color. Dozens are working in public media. Doug is a 1997 ICFJ Fellow, a 2003 US State Department Visiting Professor, and a 2007 Fulbright Senior Specialist. He has been an instructor at Georgetown and CUNY's Newmark School of Journalism, on the Board of Trustees for the American Press Institute, and Chair of the Board for the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University.

Email: nextgenerationradio@npr.org
Twitter: @nextgenradio

Holly J. Morris (she/her) is the team’s Digital Journalism Trainer and the writer of the NPR News Quiz. 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

Jerome Socolovsky (he/him/él) is NPR’s Audio Journalism Trainer and the author of Sound Reporting (2nd edition): The NPR Guide to Broadcast, Podcast and Digital Journalism. During a career of three decades in print, radio and television, 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. Jerome has been an editor on NPR’s National, International and Culture Desks, and spent eight years as the network’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.

Email: jsocolovsky@npr.org
Twitter: @jeromesoco

Nina Fill (she/her) is the team's Project Coordinator. She started at NPR in July 2021, supporting the former Digital Media group before joining the Training team in December 2022. With nearly a decade of administrative experience under her belt, she’s done an array of tasks from calendaring and invoicing to managing the CEO’s private jets. Nina has excellent cat-herding skills that, for a cat lady, come in handy both personally and professionally.

Email: nfill@npr.org

Sara Richards (she/her) is the team’s Senior 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

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