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

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.

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. 

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.

Pages