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Noel King

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Noel King

Host, Morning Edition and Up First

Noel King is a host of Morning Edition and Up First.

Previously, as a correspondent at Planet Money, Noel's reporting centered on economic questions that don't have simple answers. Her stories have explored what is owed to victims of police brutality who were coerced into false confessions, how institutions that benefited from slavery are atoning to the descendants of enslaved Americans, and why a giant Chinese conglomerate invested millions of dollars in her small, rural hometown. Her favorite part of the job is finding complex, and often conflicted, people at the center of these stories.

Noel has also served as a fill-in host for Weekend All Things Considered and 1A from NPR Member station WAMU.

Before coming to NPR, she was a senior reporter and fill-in host for Marketplace. At Marketplace, she investigated the causes and consequences of inequality. She spent five months embedded in a pop-up news bureau examining gentrification in an L.A. neighborhood, listened in as low-income and wealthy residents of a single street in New Orleans negotiated the best way to live side-by-side, and wandered through Baltimore in search of the legacy of a $100 million federal job-creation effort.

Noel got her start in radio when she moved to Sudan a few months after graduating from college, at the height of the Darfur conflict. From 2004 to 2007, she was a freelancer for Voice of America based in Khartoum. Her reporting took her to the far reaches of the divided country. From 2007 - 2008, she was based in Kigali, covering Rwanda's economic and social transformation, and entrenched conflicts in the the Democratic Republic of Congo. From 2011 to 2013, she was based in Cairo, reporting on Egypt's uprising and its aftermath for PRI's The World, the CBC, and the BBC.

Noel was part of the team that launched The Takeaway, a live news show from WNYC and PRI. During her tenure as managing producer, the show's coverage of race in America won an RTDNA UNITY Award. She also served as a fill-in host of the program.

She graduated from Brown University with a degree in American Civilization, and is a proud native of Kerhonkson, NY.

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Examining Where Police Reform Efforts Stand In Chicago, New York And Seattle

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News Brief: Looming Shutdown, Facebook Hearing, Britney Spears' Conservatorship

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The U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Gets A Hearing In The House

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News Brief: Afghan Withdrawal Testimony, Japan's Next Leader, Proud Boys' Ambitions

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During The Pandemic, The FBI Says Murders Surged In The U.S.

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News Brief: Funding Bill Blocked, R. Kelly's Conviction, Murder Rate Surges

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House Democrats Face Critical Deadlines All This Week

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A Jury In New York Begins Deliberations In R. Kelly's Federal Trial

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News Brief: German Election Results, Biden's Agenda, COVID Data

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On Debut Album, Mickey Guyton Remembers Her Name

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News Brief: Booster Shots, U.S. Capitol Security, Facebook Files

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News Brief: Grim COVID Data, Nuclear Sub Technology, Gymnasts Blast FBI

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U.S. Officials Will Share Nuclear Sub Technology With Australia

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