Emily Reddy

News Director

Emily Reddy is the news director at WPSU-FM, the NPR-affiliate public radio station for central and northern Pennsylvania.

In addition to leading the news staff, Reddy creates news stories that air during Morning Edition and All Things Considered and serves as the lead producer of WPSU’s radio series This I Believe, BookMark, and Story Corps. She sometimes fills in as an on-air host.

Reddy’s work has been recognized with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and multiple awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association, Inc. and the Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors.

She also teaches a news writing and reporting class at Penn State.

Reddy originally got hooked on radio as a volunteer reporter and news anchor for WMNF, a community radio station in her hometown of Tampa, Florida. She then went to grad school to pursue this passion professionally.

While at Boston University, Reddy produced segments for the daily news magazine show Here & Now. She also served as a general reporter in Washington D.C. for WAMU and as capitol correspondent for WNPR.

She earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

She lives in a 150-year-old former one-room schoolhouse with her husband Jonathan.

Ways to Connect

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…


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.

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.

Beta Theta Pi fraternity building
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Penn State has revoked the charter of fraternity Beta Theta Pi effective immediately. The ban will last at least five years and may become permanent based on the results of a criminal investigation into the February 4th death of student Timothy Piazza.

Piazza fell down a flight of stairs at the chapter house, and was not taken to the hospital until 12 hours later. His death is the focus of a criminal investigation by the State College Police Department and an internal investigation by the Office of Student Conduct.


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

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.