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.

Ways to Connect

Candidates at table
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The Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate answered students’ questions in a debate on the Penn State campus Saturday night. 

With just over two weeks left until the primary election and amid tightening polls, candidates pushed their platforms in a debate at the WPSU studios in State College. The candidates often agreed when answering students’ questions on topics ranging from education to free trade to campaign finance reform.

Gary Long working on a guitar.
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Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their home here, or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.”

Gary Long was born and raised in Millheim. Long says he has reasons to stay – his family all still lives nearby. But what’s harder for him to find is a way to support himself in his slowly-reviving post-industrial town.

Peg Hambrick in her living room
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Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their home here or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.”

Peg Hambrick and her husband Don live in a lovely brick colonial on a corner lot in the Highlands neighborhood. The neighborhood borders downtown State College and just beyond that the Penn State campus.

A couple in front of a yellow house.
Melissa Hombosky

Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their homes here or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.”

Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.  

WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians decide whether to make their home here or move on, in our new series “Reasons to Stay.” This is a topic that hits close to home. I’ve seen a lot of friends come and go in my seven years in State College.

When I meet new people, I've started to ask a few questions that help me figure out how long they're going to be around before I make friends with them.

Kerri Del Collo interviews Helen Roback
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With political campaigning in full swing, at least one class at Penn State is taking advantage of this year’s elections as a teachable moment.

Penn State professor Russ Eshleman reported on elections for 15 years with the Philadelphia Inquirer. So it was a no-brainer for him to make this year’s election the focus of his Reporting Methods class. During a recent class, he had residents of Foxdale Village retirement community come in to be interviewed by his students.

Thomas Dotts and Ron Stratton.
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Thomas Dotts speaks with his friend, Ron Stratton. Dotts is a third generation Ford dealer and Stratton is a second generation car dealer. You can listen to other Story Corps recordings on our website at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Julie Ruggiero Houston and Rosemary O'Neill Shuey.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Rosemary O’Neill Shuey talks with her daughter, Julie Ruggiero Houston, about the annual 4th of July carnival in Osceola Mills.  

Merrill Dunlap and Dave Campalong
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Merrill Dunlap talks with his friend, David Campolong, about their shared experience coaching Little League teams in Clearfield.   

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Richard Hughes and Dave Wulderk
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, historian David Wulderk talks with his friend, Richard Hughes about the “Bloody Knox” cabin and its significance during the Civil War.    

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Denny Shaffner and Robert Day
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Denny Shaffner talks with longtime Clearfield radio DJ, Robert Day.

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.  

Eric Fox and Ken Undercoffer
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Ken Undercoffer talks with his friend, Eric Fox, about his life-long passion for fly fishing. 

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Alicia Campbell and Niguel Williams
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“Good Kids” opens on a group of high schoolers talking about last night’s party.

The kids all say they know the story behind the pictures and videos that are being passed around of football players with a girl from the party. In the photos, the girl is passed out and naked. The boys have also tweeted things like, “It’s not rape if they don’t say no.” The play is basically the story of what happened in Steubenville, Ohio in 2012.

Ken Leonard and Fred Guarino
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Fred Guarino talks with his friend, Ken Leonard, about his memories of the Clearfield Flood in 1936.   

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Michael Kunsman and Michael Kennis
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Michael Kunsman talks with his friend, Michael Kennis, about how agriculture has changed since Kennis began farming in the 1950s.   

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Joan Myers, Doris Manos, Rita Gill Thompson and Eleanor Bodle
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Eleanor Bodle graduated from the Clearfield School of Nursing in 1953. Today, she talks with fellow graduates Joan Myers, Doris Manos, and Rita Gill Thompson about their training and about living as students at the nurses home.

Democrats Mike Pipe (Left) and Mark Higgins (Right)
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All three sitting Centre County commissioners are running for reelection. A pressing issue for all of them is the four-months-late state budget, which Republican incumbents say the board of commissioners’ good fiscal management has made the county well prepared for. 

“And because we’re in great financial shape we’re able to weather the state budget impasse right now,” said commissioner Chris Exarchos. “We’re paying all our bills and our citizens are taken care of.”

Rebecca and Richard Hummel
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Richard Hummel speaks with his wife, Rebecca, about their surprising connection to the Gearheart Knitting Company. You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.  

Russell Gold
Joel Salcido

Russell Gold is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the author of “The Boom.” The book covers the history of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the United States and the characters who made it what it is today. Gold spoke about the evolving technology of fracking, which has included the use of everything from napalm to nuclear bombs; the controversy about assigning “The Boom” to Penn State freshmen; and Gold’s parents’ story about leasing their land in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.   

C. Alan Walker and his father, Ray Walker.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, C. Alan Walker talks with his 103-year-old father, Ray Walker, about the Clearfield flood of 1936 and about founding his Bradford Coal Company in 1935. You can listen to other Story Corps recordings on our website at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Mary Kay Royer and her friend Richard Hughes.
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center. Richard Hughes spoke with his friend, Mary Kay Royer, about the unique history of the Pennsylvania town of Frenchville.

Eric Fox and his friend Tina Fischer.
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center. Today, Eric Fox talked with his friend Tina Fischer about why she leads outdoor recreation classes.

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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Ninety-year-old Rodney Bowers talked with his granddaughter Larissa Gill about his memories of growing up in Clearfield. 

Denny and Sue Shaffner.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

 

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center. Denny Shaffner talks with his wife Sue about growing up on Mill Road in Lawrence Township. 

Michel Martin, who hosted the NPR show Tell Me More, will be the new host of Weekend All Things Considered starting tomorrow. WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with her yesterday about what we can expect from the show under her guidance.   

Hort Woods child care building
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Two years ago, Penn State announced plans to outsource child care at its Bennett Family Center. Parents protested. That led Penn State to launch a task force on child care issues. Now, based on task force recommendations, the university has made a turnaround, bringing management of a different, previously outsourced child care center, in house. WPSU discussed the about-face with Holley Benjamin. Benjamin is the new director of Early Child Care Programs and Services at Penn State; the position itself was created on recommendation of the child care task force.

Woman and girls working with fabric
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The "maker" movement that has spread across the country over the last decade has taken hold in State College. Makers are focused on building and creating, sometimes through technology and sometimes through more traditional arts and crafts. They often gather in shared “Maker Spaces” to do their work.

WPSU visited two “Maker Spaces” in State College in the run up to this week’s inaugural Maker Week, organized by Schlow Library.

The Make Space

Meagan Tuttle on Allen street.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Most State College residents think of their downtown as a long, narrow area bracketed by College and Beaver Avenues. The State College Borough Council hopes to change that. Borough planner Meagan Tuttle talked with WPSU’s Emily Reddy about redevelopment plans aimed at extending that “downtown” feeling into the 200 block of South Allen Street. They talked in front of the State College Municipal building, on the street that the borough is hoping to revitalize.   

The Mennonite church encompasses an incredibly diverse group of people, including a small minority that still use a horse and buggy to get around. The largest organization in the faith — Mennonite Church USA — has nearly 100,000 members. Still, whatever the variety of its members, the church is known foremost for two things: pacifism and justice work.

Lately, though, the Mennonite church has been facing a split over how to interpret that ideal of justice — and how it applies to the question of gay and lesbian membership and marriage.

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