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

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.
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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, 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.
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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, 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.
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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. 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.
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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.

Carol Sanford
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Carol Sanford is a business consultant who has worked with organizations from Google to DuPont to Colgate Palmolive. She’s the author of “The Responsible Business” and, most recently, “The Responsible Entrepreneur.” She spoke with WPSU about what it means to be a responsible entrepreneur and how that’s actually better for business. 

Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho fraternity has lost its recognition on the University Park campus for a three-year period. The suspension is based on an investigation after reports in March that fraternity members were posting photos to a private Facebook page that showed nude women, some of whom appeared unconscious. The investigation also revealed hazing and drug dealing.  

Colleen Unroe and Toby Short
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Two members of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors up for reelection this year probably thought they were shoo-ins. Dick Mascolo and Drew Clemson were unopposed on yesterday’s Republican primary ballot with no one registered to run on the Democratic side. But concerns over a proposed housing development led a slate of new candidates to enter the race at the last minute as write-ins.

Steve Schroeder and his daughter, Jennifer Rand.
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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. In commemoration, WPSU is bringing you oral history recordings from Vietnam veterans. Steve Schroeder speaks with his daughter, Jennifer Rand, about his military service in Vietnam.

You can listen to other Story Corps interviews on our website

Terry Nau and Katie O'Toole.
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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. In commemoration, WPSU will bring you oral history recordings from Vietnam veterans.

Terry Nau, author of the memoir “Reluctant Soldier, Proud Veteran” speaks with longtime friend, Katie O’Toole. They became friends in the mid-1970’s when they both worked for State College newspapers.

Al Turgeon and Larry Ragan.
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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. In commemoration, WPSU will bring you oral history recordings from Vietnam veterans.

Larry Ragan speaks with his friend, Al Turgeon, who flew helicopters during a tour in Vietnam. Turgeon is a professor emeritus of turf management at Penn State.  You can listen to other StoryCorps interviews on our website.

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