Emily Reddy

News Director

Emily Reddy is the news director 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, Florida and her M.S. in broadcast journalism from Boston University.

Ways to Connect

Author Sunil Yapa.
Franco Vogt

Sunil Yapa’s book “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist” was the Centre County Reads book for 2018 and a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Yapa is a State College native who graduated from Penn State in 2002 with a degree in economic geography. He got his MFA at Hunter College. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with him in front of an audience on the Penn State University Park campus.

A steady stream of community members arrived to tour the new high school building throughout Saturday morning.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

A few thousand people showed up for the State College Area High School open house on Saturday. Community members toured the new building, many for the first time.

Nick Gibson, a senior at State High, led tour groups through the new building.

“Oh, I love the new school,” Gibson said. “I think it’s just a fantastic building, and it’s only half done. The outdoor auditorium will be really cool. But everything I’ve seen so far I love.”

The novel “Spoonbenders” by Daryl Gregory tells the story of a family of psychics… who aren’t doing very well. You’d think a bunch of people with supernatural talents could use them to get ahead in life, but the three adult siblings in the Telemachus family are instead constantly stymied by their powers.

Penn State Child Study Center director Karen Bierman and SCASD superintendent Bob O’Donnell.
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Bullying is an issue in K-12 schools across the country. Live on Facebook and armed with questions submitted ahead of time by parents, we talked with a school official and a researcher tackling the issue here in central Pennsylvania.

Bob O’Donnell is superintendent of the State College Area School District and Dr. Karen Bierman is director of the Child Study Center at Penn State and a professor whose 35 years of research focus on prevention programs that promote self-regulation and positive peer relations. 

You can watch the full Facebook Live interview here: 

PASA's "Farming for the Future" conference advertisement.
PASA

This year is the last that the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture – or PASA – will hold its annual conference in State College.

PASA has hosted its winter conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel for most of the event’s 27 years. Executive Director Hannah Smith-Brubaker said PASA was happy with the Penn Stater, but after a recent review the hotel more than doubled the cost to host the event.

Farmland on the road that runs between Titusville and Corry School Districts.
Kevin McCorry / Keystone Crossroads

In the past, the Keystone Crossroads reporting project, which WPSU is a part of, has looked at the issues facing education in cities. Kevin McCorry is the education reporter and the editor of the project.

The State College Area School District's board of directors has approved changes to the school day. The board voted 8-to-1 to lengthen the elementary school day by 44 minutes. The current day length is one of the shortest in the state, and the change is meant to give teachers more time for core instruction. Superintendent Bob O'Donnell called it "a monumental step forward, having a lasting impact on generations of our community’s youth."

Nathan Geiger holds a sign outside Rep. Glenn Thompson's office.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

A group gathered outside Representative Glenn Thompson’s office in Bellefonte Monday to protest the proposed Republican tax overhaul.

Nathan Geiger, a graduate student at Penn State, held a sign that said, “GT: Listen to Your Community. Vote No.”

Geiger organized the group of about 15 protesters who gathered on the side of the road outside Glenn Thompson’s office. Geiger says the proposed tax bill would triple his taxes.

Dr. Holmes Morton
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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.

In this May 1966 file photo, a U.S. Air Force C-123 flies low along a South Vietnamese highway spraying defoliants on dense jungle growth beside the road to eliminate ambush sites for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
Department of Defense, File / AP Photo

Fifty years after the Vietnam War, some veterans are still dealing with health effects caused by Agent Orange. A law clinic at Penn State is working to get veterans the help they need.

John Gority, from Duncansville, remembers getting up close and personal with the herbicide “Agent Orange” when he was in Vietnam.

“All the vegetation was kind of like wilted and slimy and I’m touching it and smelling it and I’m like, what is this stuff?” Gority said. “I didn’t know anything about Agent Orange or spraying to kill vegetation or anything like that.”

In unofficial election results, Democratic candidate Don Hahn has won the State College mayor’s race with 54 percent of the vote. Michael Black ran on the Republican ticket, but he’s actually a Democrat as well. He got 33 percent of the vote. Ron Madrid, running as an Independent got 13 percent of the vote.

For judge of the court of common pleas in Centre County, Democrat Brian Marshall won with 54 percent of the vote over Republican Ron McGlaughlin.

Also on that court, Judge Pamela Ruest received a “yes” vote for retention with 80 percent “yes” votes.

Beta Theta Pi fraternity building
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Penn State has announced disciplinary measures for 32 students in relation to the death of Beta Theta Pi pledge Timothy Piazza.

Nineteen of the students withdrew from the university before the disciplinary process finished, Penn State stated in a press release Tuesday. Their transcripts will be marked with a “conduct withdrawal” notation.

Seven students received disciplinary actions ranging from probation to expulsion.

Six students were not charged with violations.

The State College Area School District has proposed changes to the school day. The elementary school day would be longer, and middle and high school would start later.

To talk about these proposed changes and some of the research behind these recommendations, I’m joined in the studio by superintendent Bob O’Donnell, and Penn State researchers Dr. Anne-Marie Chang, who studies the effects of sleep on cognitive performance, and Dr. Ed Fuller, who’s Director of the Penn State Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis.    

Paul Johnson and Stanley Snyder.
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As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Paul Johnson and Stanley Snyder – who live in Altoona and have been friends since 7th grade – talked about serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  

George Montgomery and John Gority.
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As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

John Gority and George Montgomery talked about their time in the Vietnam War and their experiences with Agent Orange.  

Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist whose work appears in the New York Times, National Geographic and TIME Magazine. She’s covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, the Congo and Libya. In 2009, she was awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant and the Pulitzer Prize. The Pulitzer was as a part of a New York Times team for coverage of areas of Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Addario’s book “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” was the 2017 Penn State Reads selection. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with her in front of an audience at Schlow Library in State College. 

Eli Duck and Michael Dunlap.
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As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Michael Dunlap talked with his friend Eli Duck. Both fought in the Vietnam War.  

Janet and Dick Fravel.
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As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Janet Fravel talked with her husband Dick Fravel about how the Vietnam war affected him.

Candidates faced off Thursday night in State College in a League of Women Voters debate. One of the most hotly contested races this fall is for the opening on the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.

Both Republican Ron McGlaughlin and Democrat Brian Marshall say they support a drug court and restorative justice. They agree on the need to address the opioid crisis. And both say the court system needs to be cleaned up.

Craig Yarnell.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Craig Yarnell talked about being drafted into the infantry in the Vietnam War in 1968.

Suzann and Vincent Tedesco.
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As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Suzann Tedesco talked to her husband Colonel Vincent Tedesco about leading men in Vietnam.  

Bruce Heim and his granddaughter Susan Patterson.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Susan Patterson talked with her grandfather Bruce Heim about a convoy operation he led during the Vietnam War and what it was like to leave for the war.  

Fred Brown and John MacMillen.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

John MacMillen talked with Fred Brown about his time in the Vietnam War. 

Cindy Bardo and Gaylon Klobe.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Cindy Bardo talked with her friend Gaylon Klobe, who spent a career in the U.S. Army and did three tours in Vietnam.  

Ryan and Robert Booz.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Ryan Booz talks with his father Robert Booz about the time he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

John MacMillen and Fred Brown.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

John MacMillen told Fred Brown about his time in the Airforce in Vietnam.

Sharon Stringer and Edgar Farmer.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Sharon Stringer talked to her friend Edgar Farmer about his time in Vietnam, as well as his transition to civilian life.  

nt Pasquinelli (right) and his son David.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

David Pasquinelli talked with his father, Brent Pasquinelli, about his military service in Vietnam.  

The WPSU-TV documentary “A Time to Heal” on the Vietnam War experience from a Pennsylvania perspective premieres Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.

State Rep. Camille "Bud" George.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

One of Pennsylvania’s longest serving state representatives, Camille “Bud” George, died Friday at the age of 89. The Houtzdale native represented the 74th district for nearly four decades. The Democrat was known for fighting for his constituents and the environment.  

When Bud George left the Pennsylvania assembly at the age of 84, he was the last WWII veteran in the house. WPSU talked with him in 2012 about his time in state government and why he first decided to run.

Eclipse Hunters Pack The Penn State Arboretum

Aug 21, 2017
Man preparing telescope for a mom and child.
Min Xian / WPSU

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.

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