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About The Show

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A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation.

Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in partnership with NPR in 2013. Today, the show reaches an estimated 3.7 million weekly listeners on over 424 stations across the country.

Stay connected to what’s happening…right now…with Here & Now from NPR and WBUR. Read more »

The Hosts

Here & Now host Robin Young

Co-host Robin Young is a whirlwind of energy, with years of experience anchoring programs but also gathering news and producing.

She brings over 25 years of broadcast experience to Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television, and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show.

Robin has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace Award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Read more

Here & Now co-host Jeremy Hobson

Co-host Jeremy Hobson started telling stories on the radio when he was a kid and hasn’t stopped since.

Before joining Here & Now, he hosted the Marketplace Morning Report, a daily business news program with an audience of more than six million. As host, he interviewed some of the most powerful people in business including Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates and Richard Branson.

Before taking the anchor chair, Hobson was a reporter for Marketplace based in Washington, D.C. and later New York City. He covered Wall Street and its impact on ordinary Americans during the financial crisis of 2008. Read more

Meghna Chakrabarti

Meghna Chakrabarti is our primary fill-in host. She’s also co-host of WBUR’s Radio Boston, an hour-long weekday show that focuses on news, in-depth interviews and analysis.

Before taking the helm there in 2010, she reported on New England transportation and energy issues for WBUR’s news department. She also produced and directed WBUR’s national news and talk program, On Point, for five years. Read more

The Staff

Senior producer Kathleen McKenna.

Kathleen McKenna is Executive Producer of Here & Now. She has spent more than two decades in public media.

When she’s not working, she’s raising her son, raising her vegetables and, after living in China, dreaming of future travels. Read more


Ethan Lindsey

Ethan Lindsey is Senior Managing Editor of Here & Now. Before joining the show in 2015, Ethan worked in multiple jobs at Marketplace and other public radio newsrooms, including as a reporter, producer, managing editor, and senior digital editor. He won a Peabody Award in 2009 for his work with OPB. In the summer of 2014, Ethan decided to try the startup life, helping launch a viral news startup with friends. Read more

Chris Ballman

Chris Ballman is Here & Now’s Managing Editor, responsible for working with our outside reporters and producers to get their field segments sounding as good as possible.

He’s a dad and a longtime radioman, spending time at Monitor Radio and recently at Public Radio’s “Living on Earth.” Read more


Peter O'Dowd is assistant managing editor at Here & Now.

Peter O’Dowd is Here & Now’s Assistant Managing Editor. He has a hand in most parts of the show producing and overseeing segments, reporting stories and occasionally filling in as host. Peter came to Boston from KJZZ in Phoenix, where as news director, he helped establish a news operation with bureaus that spanned much of the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more.

Alex Ashlock is a producer and director of the show. He has more than two decades experience in public radio, starting at WILL at the University of Illinois. He has spent 11 years at WBUR, first as the senior producer of Morning Edition before joining Here & Now. Alex is sort of Here & Now’s history buff. But he also enjoys producing longer interviews with authors on current events or fiction and he contributes the occasional field-piece to the show. Read more

Mark Navin

Mark Navin is Senior Director of Here & Now. Mark has been a part of the WBUR team for some 20 years now, serving the station in a variety of different roles. He got his start as a producer on WBUR’s Weekend Edition, and went on to fill such diverse roles as Director of Production, Morning Edition Senior Producer, and Executive Producer for News. Before joining Here & Now, he was the executive producer of Radio Boston. Read more

Whenever producer Lynn Menegon is not producing news for Here & Now, she’s dancing.

Emiko Tamagawa produces Here & Now’s culture segments. Before turning to radio, she toured colleges and high schools with her one-woman show about the Japanese-American internment. She studied psychology and drama at Yale and Brandeis. Read more



Jill Ryan is a producer for Here & Now. Ryan joined Here & Now in 2008 and has produced coverage on stories from the civil war in Syria to the Kenya mall attacks, the Egyptian revolution of 2011, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the midterm elections of 2014. She produces Here & Now’s daily business segment and is also behind the Here & Now DJ sessions, featuring DJs from across the country about the music catching their attention. Read more

Eileen Bolinsky

Eileen Bolinsky is a producer at Here & Now and a longtime public radio journalist. For twelve years she was the Senior Editor at Living on Earth, a weekly environmental news program.

Prior to that, she worked at Monitor Radio. She began her radio career in the 1980s as an audio engineer at WBUR and is happy to be back in the fold at the station. Read more

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Erica Morrison is a producer for Here & Now. Prior to joining the staff in 2014, Erica worked at NPR on a variety of shows, including weekend All Things Considered, Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation and Morning Edition. Erica also spent time as a print journalist writing for the South Bend Tribune and The Washington Post. Erica received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and graduate degree from American University. Read more

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Samantha Fields is a producer for Here & Now. Before landing at WBUR, she worked at Vermont Public Radio, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, The Takeaway, America Abroad, WNET, ABC News and The Wellesley Townsman. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Read more


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Dean Russell is a producer for Here & Now. Before joining the show in 2014, he was a producer for three years at On Point. Previously, Dean worked as a sound designer and film editor at the post-production house Hilton Media Management; as a research assistant studying opera divas of the 19th and 20th centuries; and freelancing his way around as a film composer and production assistant. Read more

Rachel Rohr

Rachel Rohr produces Here & Now’s digital and social media content. Before joining the show in 2013, she was Senior News Writer for WBUR, writing and reporting for local newscasts. Prior to joining WBUR in 2010, Rachel helped launch a line of solar thermal devices at the startup Practical Solar, Inc. Previously, she was a reporter at the Vineyard Gazette on Martha’s Vineyard. Read more

John Perotti (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

John Perotti is Here & Now’s Senior Technical Director and is responsible for making the show sound great, from mixing stories to curating the program’s music. John graduated from Emerson College in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in audio/radio production. Before joining the Here & Now team in early 2014, he spent over 10 years as the Technical Director for NPR’s Only A Game and the Audio Engineer for NPR’s Car Talk. Read more

Paul Vaitkus (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Paul Vaitkus is Here & Now’s Technical Director.





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