Noel King is a well-known biracial radio host of Morning Edition and Up First. Noel King was born in Kerhonkson, New York, graduating from Brown University with a degree in American Civilization. Noel began her career in the radio business shortly after graduating when she moved to Sudan to become a nomadic reporter. From here, she began covering interesting stories from all over the world.
From 2004 to 2007, she freelanced for Voice of America in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum, which took her all around the divided country. From 2007-2008, she moved to Kigali, where she covered the economic and social transformation of Rwanda along with the conflict brought with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Finally, from 2011-2013, she moved to Cairo where she covered stories on Egypt’s uprising and its aftermath for famous headlines such as PRI’s The World, the CBC, and the BBC.
She later moved to work with the famous podcast organization Planet’s Money where she covered stories and questions on economic conflicts. Topics she reported on dealt with issues related to victims falsely accused of police brutality and the Chinese population trend of investing millions into compact living situations.
Throughout her life, she has a deep history in radio broadcasting and podcasting which is shown through her work as a fill-in host for Weekend All Things Considered, 1A from NPR member station WAMU, senior reporter and fill-in host for Marketplace, and as a reporter for Planet’s Money.
Noel King was part of the team that designed The Takeaway, a famously known live news show from WNYC and PRI. Owning the role of managing producer, she led the show’s story of race in America to win an RTDNA UNITY Award. She also served as a fill-in host of that program as well. Along with the radio industry, Noel enjoys studying Arabic, perusing the stacks in public libraries, planning her next vacation, and participating as a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Association of Independents in Radio.
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