Jessica Hansen

voiced NPR’s funding credits and served as an in-house voice coach at NPR headquarters.

On a blue background, three cartoon germs — one yellow, one purple and one red — are covered with spikes and are making evil faces.

Don’t let colds or allergies make you sound as bad as you feel

NPR announcer Jessica Hansen shares her tips for sounding healthy despite colds, flu, allergies and other voice-affecting afflictions.

Trill, buzz, floss, breathe: Coach yourself to sound your best

Do your guests sound nervous, flat, sing-song or just plain blah? These guides will cure their vocal woes.

Aerobics for your voice: 3 tips for sounding better on air

To build a strong vocal presence for audio storytelling, you should practice a daily warm-up routine that involves body, breath and voice.