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Kate Lao Shaffner

Kate Lao Shaffner

Keystone Crossroads Reporter

Kate Lao Shaffner was the Keystone Crossroads Reporter for WPSU-FM from 2014-2015. She reports on infrastructure, economic, legal, and financial issues in Pennsylvania with reporters from WHYY (Philadelphia), WITF (Harrisburg), and WESA (Pittsburgh).

Kate began working in public radio as a public affairs intern at WPSU.  She then took a position as an associate producer, contributing feature stories and interviews to Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Take Note. She has received awards for her work from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association.  Kate also worked with community contributors in the production of WPSU’s This I Believe and BookMark.

Kate earned her Master’s degree from Penn State’s School of International Affairs and her B.A. in English and Intercultural Studies from Houghton College.  

Before moving to State College, she lived in rural Tanzania for two years, where she worked with a university study abroad program. She rode a zip-line across a river to get to work every day.

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