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

Hannah Smith-Brubaker in front of a farm
Albert Yee

After 15 years, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, or PASA, has a new executive director. Hannah Smith-Brubaker left the job of Deputy Secretary of Agriculture for Pennsylvania to lead this local, but nationally-known organization, which promotes sustainable farming. She also helps manage Village Acres, a farm in Juniata County. Smith-Brubaker talked with WPSU’s Emily Reddy about her plans for PASA.

women in line at office window
Emily Reddy / WPSU

A presidential recount effort in Centre County has failed. The County Board of Elections denied affidavits submitted by voters in 28 precincts asking that the ballots be reexamined.

Voters can request a recount by affidavit within five days after the closing of the ballot count. Centre County commissioner and elections board member Steve Dershem says the count closed on Nov. 17, so when the voters submitted their affidavits yesterday it was too late.

He says the fact that a recount would have been laborious wasn’t a part of the decision to deny it.

Woman at counter talking to another woman
Emily Reddy / WPSU

The last-minute presidential recount effort spearheaded by Green Party candidate Jill Stein is more complicated in Pennsylvania than in most states. In Pennsylvania, three voters from each precinct must file a notarized affidavit asking for the recount. 

Jamie Brenner is one of those who waited in line at the Centre County Elections Office in Bellefonte to submit affidavits. She voted for Hillary Clinton and heard about the recount effort on Facebook.

Tom Vilsack
USDA.gov

Tom Vilsack has been the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture throughout President Obama’s two terms in the White House. He talked with WPSU’s Emily Reddy while he was in town for a first-ever series of “White House Rural Forums.”

The conversation took place before the election, but Vilsack was already planning to move on from the position with the end of Obama’s presidency. He actually considered leaving about a year ago, but Obama convinced him to stay by giving him an important new assignment: combating the opioid crisis.

The Arava Institute in Israel works to help Israel, Palestine and Jordan extend and share the scarce water resources in the area. The group’s ultimate agenda is to use the environment to promote peace. WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with Clive Lipchin, the director of the Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute, about managing water resources among nations in political conflict. 

Greg Johnson and Lewis Watt.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

This week, WPSU is bringing you oral history recordings of veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

Today, Greg Johnson talks with his friend Colonel Lewis Watt, about his time flying helicopters in Vietnam.  

This interview originally aired on April 30, 2015.

Al Turgeon and Larry Ragan.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

This week, WPSU is bringing you oral history recordings of veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

Today, Larry Ragan speaks with his friend, Al Turgeon, who flew helicopters during a tour in Vietnam.   

This interview originally aired on April 27, 2015.

Steve Schroeder and his daughter, Jennifer Rand.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

This week, WPSU is bringing you oral history recordings of veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

Today, Steve Schroeder speaks with his daughter, Jennifer Rand, about his military service in Vietnam.

This interview originally aired on April 29, 2015.

head shots of Bill Shuster and Art Halvorson
AP and Halvorson for Congress

A Republican has held the 9th District since 1939, and that’s unlikely to change this election. But when voters in south central Pennsylvania go to the polls, they will have a choice. They can darken the bubble next to Republican incumbent Bill Shuster’s name or they can vote for the man listed as the Democrat, Art Halvorson. Thanks to a write-in campaign in the primaries, Halvorson is running as a Democrat. But in reality he’s a Tea Party Republican.

This week in a three-part series, WPSU is looking at reporting sexual assault in Centre County. Colleges across the country have built up a variety of resources for students. Today we take a look at how dealing with sexual assault has changed in recent years at Penn State.

Last fall, over three days, three different students told Penn State professor Charlotte Eubanks they’d been sexually assaulted.

The comparative literature professor says what one of them in particular told her has stuck with her like lead.

Bill Thies working on a laptop computer
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A State College Area High School grad is one of this year’s recipients of a MacArthur Fellowship. Bill Thies now works as a computer scientist for Microsoft Research India. He won the so-called MacArthur “Genius” award for his work using technology to make life better for communities in rural India and spoke with WPSU’s Emily Reddy from India about his work.

Jill Stein in front of a "Green Party" banner.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein visited Penn State Wednesday to ask for votes and volunteers.

She talked to an audience of about 200 about her support for environmental movements, Black Lives Matter and free public education. Stein rejected the idea that voting for a third party was throwing away a vote.

“I won’t sleep well if Donald Trump gets elected. And I won’t sleep well if Hillary Clinton gets elected,” Stein said. “But we live in a democracy. We have more than two deadly choices. We can stand up for the democracy that we need.”

three plaques
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU won three PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors, Inc.) awards at Saturday night's awards banquet. The station competes in the Division C (small station) category. 

 

Patty Satalia took 1st place in the Interview category for her Take Note interview on "The Ford Pinto Case." 

Susan Basso
Penn State

Around 4 million more Americans will soon be eligible for overtime pay. The Obama administration recently passed new federal regulations that double the minimum salary a worker must be paid to be “exempt” from overtime. WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with Penn State’s head of Human Resources, Susan Basso, about how the university plans to handle the change. 

WPSU won four reporting awards from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Eighteen television and radio stations submitted 290 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features and reporting from 2015.

WPSU won First Place in the Continuing Coverage category for a series of stories on the struggle over controversial development in Ferguson Township. Erin Cassidy Hendrick and Emily Reddy were awarded for the project, "Proposed Student Housing Complex Raises Worries Over State College Water Supply."

A current lawsuit alleges that Pennsylvania has broken its constitutional obligation to provide a "thorough and efficient system of public education."  As part of a collaborative series for NPR, the new education reporter for Keystone Crossroads has been looking into education funding.  WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with Kevin McCorry, who says there are huge funding disparities among Pennsylvania's 500 school districts

McGinty high-fiving supporter
Jacqueline Larma / AP Photo

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton claimed victories in Pennsylvania and continued on a path to earn their respective presidential nominations.

Jason Browne at mic
Frank Christopher / WPSU

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.”

Every morning before he heads to his day job at Penn State, Jason Browne co-hosts a morning radio show on B94.5.

Bernie Sanders at podium
Mel Evans / AP Photo

Democratic presidential hopeful and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will hold a rally tonight at 7 p.m. at Penn State's Rec Hall. WPSU will be covering the event, but we will not be streaming it. The Sanders campaign is streaming the event here:

woman in room
Emily Reddy / WPSU

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.”

Whitney Polakowski never thought her one-person massage operation would grow into a thriving business with ten employees. Now she’s torn between continuing to grow what she’s built or leaving it behind to be with her long-term boyfriend. His career has outgrown State College.

Candidates at table
Emily Reddy / WPSU

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.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

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
Emily Reddy / WPSU

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
Emily Reddy / WPSU

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.
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, 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
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, 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
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, 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.

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