My road in life has been direct.
Was always intrigued by the power of "finding out something which people aren't talking about."
Grew up in a media-centric family-mom was a magazine writer, dad wrote for radio and television-and was always interested in narrative.
Penchant for journalism started when he spent a summer recording the story of an elderly Jewish refugee's harrowing escape from Eastern Europe.
Went into print journalism; worked in the newsroom of the Washington Post during Watergate.
Lived in Moscow for four years; this opened his eyes to what happens to a society when its citizens are denied access to factual information.
That experience made him realize how important it was for him to use his journalistic skills to inform others.
Says NPR reports facts in a non-polemical, civil dialogue, brings listeners extraordinary and important information.
Cites Thomas Jefferson's quote, "A people cannot be both ignorant and free," as a major source of inspiration in his career.
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