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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 3.1 million weekly listeners on over 365 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.

Executive Producer Kathleen McKenna 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


Kevin Sullivan is the senior managing editor of Here & Now. He’s known around the office as the “Google guy” for setting up tons of organizational systems (that tend to rely on virtual tools). He also helps lead the editorial direction of the show, and focuses on long-term planning.

Kevin spent several years as a segment producer, covering everything from the uprisings in the Middle East to presidential politics to pop culture for the Here & Now show. He also oversees the show’s website and social media efforts. Kevin completed his MBA at Boston University, where he earlier earned a Bachelors degree in broadcast journalism. 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.”


Alex Ashlock is 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

When producer Hitesh Hathi is not with us, he’s at Harvard going for his Ph.D. in Sanskrit. Come to think of it, his Urdu is not bad.

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

Before producing Here & Now’s culture segments, Emiko Tamagawa toured colleges and high schools with her one-woman show about the Japanese-American internment before turning to radio. Read more



Jill Ryan produces radio for Here & Now.

She has spent some time in India, reporting stories PRI’s The World and World Vision Report. She also worked at NPR in Washington, D.C.

Jill graduated from Bucknell University in 2005, magna cum laude, and likes to travel, play tennis, cook (eat) and travel.

Katherine Gorman

Katherine Gorman has been producing radio since she was fifteen and started working for her high school radio station, WSDP.  She went on to intern at Michigan Radio and later work for Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast.  She loves politics and history but her favorite stories to work on are about science.


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

Rachel Rohr

Rachel Rohr produces Here & Now’s web 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

And without Technical Director Doug Shugarts, well, we call that dead air.

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