Emily Reddy

News Director

Emily Reddy is the news director and a producer at WPSU-FM. You can hear her feature stories during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Emily also serves as the lead producer of WPSU’s radio series This I Believe, BookMark, and StoryCorps. She sometimes fills in as an on-air host.

Her radio work has been recognized with multiple awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association, Inc. (PRNDI) and the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

Before coming to WPSU, Emily anchored the evening news and reported for WMNF in Tampa, Florida. She also served as a general reporter in Washington D.C. for WAMU and as capitol correspondent for WNPR.

While in graduate school, Emily produced segments for the daily news magazine Here & Now out of WBUR in Boston. She earned her B.A. in comparative literature from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and her M.S. in broadcast journalism from Boston University.

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Eclipse Hunters Pack The Penn State Arboretum

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Man preparing telescope for a mom and child.
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In State College Monday, more than a thousand people gathered at Penn State’s arboretum to watch the partial solar eclipse. It started off cloudy, but those who stuck around got a good look at the eclipse.

People of all ages crowded the lawns of the arboretum with their eclipse glasses and pinhole viewers made of cereal boxes and paper plates.

T.J. Washington is a theatre major at Penn State. He and his friends were passing around one pair of solar glasses.

Washington says he’s wanted to see an eclipse his whole life and it was worth the wait.

Savannah Zayas pushes her daughter Layla on a swing.
Jessica Kourkounis / Keystone Crossroads

“Schooled” is a new podcast from Keystone Crossroads that takes listeners inside public schools. Season 1 follows Savannah Zayas, a teen mom in a tough area of Philadelphia who is determined to get a diploma. Kevin McCorry, WHYY’s Keystone Crossroads education reporter, interviewed Savannah over the course of more than a year in order to make the podcast. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with McCorry and Zayas about "Schooled.  

Ryan Bogaczyk and Benjamin Czajka.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Lock Haven University student Benjamin Czajka  talked with fellow student Ryan Bogaczyk. He talked about his father’s long struggle with recurring cancer.   

Centre County district attorney Stacy Parks Miller at podium
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Preliminary hearings for 18 Penn State fraternity members charged in the hazing-related death of a pledge were scheduled to end Tuesday. But the judge has once again had to continue the case.

Defense attorneys for ten of the fraternity members have yet to cross-examine the detective on the case.

Questions for the detective so far largely revolved around clarifying each fraternity members’ involvement in the alcohol hazing of Timothy Piazza. Prosecutors say the hazing led Piazza to fall down a flight of stairs and die.

William Brennan being interviewed by reporters
Emily Reddy / WPSU

On what’s scheduled to be the last day of preliminary hearings for 18 Penn State fraternity members charged in relation to the death of pledge Timothy Piazza, by a lunch break only two lawyers had a chance to cross-examine Det. David Scicchitano.

Stephen Trialonas is the defense attorney for Daniel Casey, the pledge master for Beta Theta Pi.

Thomas Kline at podium
Emily Reddy / WPSU

The preliminary hearing continues Tuesday for 18 Penn State fraternity members in the hazing-related death of pledge Timothy Piazza. 

Centre County DA Stacy Parks Miller spent the morning on Monday outlining the involvement of each Beta Theta Pi member charged in Piazza’s death. They face charges that include aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Ryan Brinkman and Lock Haven University student Samantha Wilson.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Lock Haven University student Samantha Wilson talked with Ryan Brinkman, a former pro-surfer who now teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Lock Haven.   

Lock Haven University student Deja Summers-Searles and professor Laurie Cannady.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings.  In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Lock Haven University student Deja Summers-Searles talked with professor Laurie Cannady about her recent health issues.

Lock Haven University professor Lynette Reitz and student Sara Aderhold.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings.

Lock Haven University student Sara Aderhold talked with social work professor Lynette Reitz.    

John Ford and fellow student Joseph Isidore.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Joseph Isidore talks to fellow Lock Haven University student John Ford about playing on the university football team and about his mom’s recent medical issues.     

Julia Snyder and her grandmother, Mary George.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Lock Haven University student Julia Snyder talked with her grandmother Mary E. George about George’s fond memories of her grandparents who immigrated from the Czech Republic.     

Lock Haven University students Troy Hester and Corryn Wallace.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Lock Haven University student Corryn Wallace talks with her boyfriend, Troy Hester, about growing up in a rough neighborhood in West Philadelphia and his transition to Lock Haven. 

Lock Haven University professor Walter Eisenhauer and assistant professor Pam Ruane.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings.

Lock Haven University assistant professor Pam Ruane talks with her colleague and former professor, Walter Eisenhauer about his work teaching in the Physician Assistant program at Lock Haven University. 

Lock Haven University students James Harkness and Steven Pasciak.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Lock Haven University student James Harkness talks with fellow student Steven Pasciak about his recent motorcycle accident. 

Stacy Parks Miller talks to reporters at the end of the first day of the preliminary hearing in the trial of fraternity members in the hazing-related death of Timothy Piazza. The detective on the case, David Scicchitano from the State College police depar
Emily Reddy / WPSU

A judge, lawyers and the fraternity members facing charges surrounding the death of Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza watched hours of video footage in a preliminary hearing Monday. The judge ordered a continuance as the trial was nearing its eleventh hour.

Sixteen fraternity brothers and their lawyers overflowed into the gallery of the courtroom.

Lock Haven University basketball coach Jennifer Smith and Loren Kaiser, one of her former players.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Lock Haven University student Loren Kaiser talks with Jennifer Smith. Smith has been the head women’s basketball coach at Lock Haven for 10 years.  

Lock Haven University students Lamin Fulton and Mike Lynch.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview. Today, Lock Haven University student Michael Lynch talks with Lamin Fulton, a student on the basketball team who played in the NCAA basketball tournament at a different college.  

Professor Ramona Broomer and Lock Haven University student Marcus Bonaparte.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Lock Haven University student Marcus Bonaparte talks with professor Ramona Broomer about her work in costume design.      

Penn State president Eric Barron
Ralph Wilson / AP Photo

Penn State president Eric Barron says the university will become a national leader in reforming the college fraternity and sorority system. That’s after the hazing-related death of Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller at podium next to a photo of Timothy Piazza and with his parents in person
Emily Reddy / WPSU

The parents of Timothy Piazza are calling for the firing of university officials and the expulsion of any students culpable in their son’s death. In a letter to Penn State’s Board of Trustees, James and Evelyn Piazza say failures of university administration led to their son’s death in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity in February. A grand jury investigation alleges Timothy Piazza was forced to drink large quantities of alcohol, and died after fraternity members waited 12 hours to call for help when he fell down a flight of stairs.

milk jug sign in a field
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Where University Drive cuts across the southern edge of State College, the difference between the north and south sides of the road is dramatic. The north side is lined by houses, the State College Friends School and Foxdale Village. To the south is farmland, with mountains beyond.

Deb Nardone walked across the farmland to Slab Cabin Run, which this conservation initiative is named after. Nardone is the executive director of ClearWater Conservancy.

Unofficial election results are in from Tuesday’s municipal primary…

STATEWIDE

In the primaries for Superior Court, in both the Republican and Democratic primaries five candidates were competing for four spots. On the Democratic side, those four nominations will go to Maria McLaughlin, Carolyn Nichols, Deborah Kunselman and Geoffrey Moulton. On the Republican side, the four spots will go to Craig Stedman, Emil Giordano, Wade Kagarise and Mary Murray.

Bernie Cantorna and Stacy Parks Miller talking at events
Emily Reddy / WPSU

The Democratic primary race for Centre County District Attorney is being fought fiercely in Letters to the Editor, campaign mailers, debates and even Facebook pages specifically aimed at ousting current district attorney, Stacy Parks Miller.

There’s no Republican challenger on the ballot, so the winner of the Democratic primary will likely be the next district attorney.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller at podium next to a photo of Timothy Piazza and with his parents in person
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi and 18 members of the fraternity are being charged in the February death of a fellow fraternity member. The Centre County District Attorney announced the charges and held the first of the arraignments Friday after a months-long Grand Jury investigation.

Centre County DA Stacy Parks Miller described the night fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza fell down a flight of stairs as a gauntlet of drinking events.

Bernie Cantorna and a group of mostly women.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Centre County District Attorney candidate Bernie Cantorna rallied supporters Tuesday night in State College. The longtime attorney is taking on two-term incumbent Stacy Parks Miller. 

Cantorna told the few dozen supporters at the "Women for Bernie" event if he's elected he'll focus on fairness, rehabilitation, crime prevention and reducing turnover within the DA's office. He said he’s been surrounded by strong women his whole life, like his mother.

“She put herself through school and became a nurse," Cantorna said. "She was a feminist before the word feminist existed.”

"Dub" Lawrence at one of the SWAT crime scenes with strings marking bullet paths.
COURTESY "PEACE OFFICER" FILM

William “Dub” Lawrence served as sheriff of Davis County just north of Salt Lake City in Utah in the 70s. While he was sheriff, he formed the SWAT team that 30 years later ended up killing his son-in-law. Lawrence talked with WPSU’s Emily Reddy about his story and about the increased militarization of police.

Dr. Holmes Morton
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Dr. Holmes Morton is a Harvard-trained doctor and McArthur “genius award” winner. He has dedicated his life to working with the Pennsylvania “Plain” people and is working to build a new clinic in Belleville, Pennsylvania. This largely Amish and Mennonite community about 40 minutes southeast of State College deals with a number of genetic diseases that are Dr. Morton’s specialty. Dr.

Marc Friedenberg and Glenn Thompson cutout
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Representatives are in their home districts right now, but many are refusing to hold town halls with constituents. Around 350 people showed up to a town hall in State College Saturday even though representative Glenn Thompson had said he wouldn’t attend.

It’s always a gamble to read a favorite author writing in a genre that’s not one of your favorites. But I had waited so long for Neil Gaiman to write another novel after 2013’s “Ocean at the End of the Lane” that I was willing to give his brand new book of Norse mythology a try.

Dub Lawrence in a room with strings to mark bullet trajectories.
Courtesy "Peace Officer" film

William “Dub” Lawrence served as sheriff of Davis County just north of Salt Lake City in Utah in the 70s. While he was sheriff, he formed the SWAT team that 30 years later ended up killing his son-in-law. Lawrence visited State College for a screening and panel discussion about the film "Peace Officer," which documents his investigation into the death of his son-in-law and others at the hands of SWAT teams. Lawrence talked with WPSU’s Emily Reddy about his story and about the increased militarization of police. 

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