Andrea Smardon | All Things Considered

 

Andrea Smardon 

"I get to be a part of people’s lives, to accompany people in their cars and kitchens. It challenges me to bring them a broadcast worth listening to."

Background: I was not one of those people who always knew I wanted to be on the radio. I always enjoyed writing and performing, but it did not occur to me that I could marry these interests in broadcast journalism. I graduated from college while the Internet was booming. I was looking for a job that would get me involved in this technology with all of its communication potential, and by chance, I started working as a web producer for public radio. I worked behind the scenes for public radio stations for a few years before the pull of the microphone became irresistible.

Nickname: Some friends and family call me Andi

Newspapers I read regularly: The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, The New York Times

Magazines I read regularly: The New Yorker, online versions of Slate, Salon, and The New Internationalist

Favorite blog(s): Nieman Watchdog, Columbia Journalism Review: The Kicker

Favorite podcast(s): WNYC’s Radio Lab, NPR's Planet Money, PRI's The World in Words

Favorite journalist: Seymour Hersh

Favorite author(s): It used to be William Faulkner, but I have too many favorites now.

Favorite book(s): “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel,“White Teeth” by Zadie Smith, “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng” by David Eggers, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation” by Jeff Chang

Best movie about journalism: “Good Night and Good Luck”, “All The President’s Men”, also the television series “The Wire: Season 5”

When not listening to news, I listen to/watch a wide range of music and the TV shows including Battlestar Galactica, Thirty Rock, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report

The last album I recommended to a friend: Joy Kills Sorrow self-titled release.

If I wasn’t a radio anchor I’d be one of those accordion players in the gondolas of Venice.

The best part of my job is the relationship I get to have with the listener. I get to be a part of people’s lives, to accompany people in their cars and kitchens. It challenges me to bring them a broadcast worth listening to. Also, I’m a fan of the national programs broadcast during my shift - “All Things Considered” and “The World" - so it’s a privilege to be on the mic with Lisa Mullins, Marco Werman, Michelle Norris, Melissa Block, Robert Siegel, and too many first-rate reporters to list.

People would be surprised to know that I once played piano in a Stevie Wonder cover band.


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