Our Reporters

Carolann Duro

Carolann Duro is Maara’yam (Serrano) and Kumeyaay descendant from Highland, CA. She is an audio journalist based in San Francisco with a passion for telling stories about California’s Indigenous peoples. Carolann graduated from Scripps College with her bachelor’s in Sociology. She is currently working and learning at KALW’s Audio Academy. Her work has been featured at KALW, News from Native California, and WERS. In her free time you can find Carolann cuddling with her Siberian Husky while binge watching YouTube videos. 

Learning my own efficiency and gratitude for mentorship

My experience working on Next Generation Radio was a test of endurance, confidence and speed. I went into this week thinking that I would have trouble keeping up, but I was incredibly surprised to learn that I was working at a fast pace and kept ahead of the game. I...

Jannah Geraldo

Jannah Geraldo is a third-year Filipino journalism student at California State University, Fresno where she is working as news editor at the school’s student paper, The Collegian. She has reported on student mental health and safety concerns during COVID-19, and the effects of recent racism against local Asian American communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Jannah is focused on covering the issues affecting underrepresented communities in Fresno. When she’s not working on stories, you can find her taking a late-night drive or taking a well-deserved nap.

Sound isn’t scary: Gaining confidence in my audio skills

Participating in NPR’s Next Generation Radio program at CapRadio was an experience I’m grateful for, especially as my first experience with audio journalism. When applying for the project, I didn’t expect to make it through to the final cohort. I have not delved into...

Paul C. Kelly Campos

Paul C. Kelly Campos is a young Bay Area native of Irish and Nicaraguan descent. His work has appeared in KQED Forum, El Tecolote, The Golden Gate Xpress, Seen and Heard, The San Franciscan, and Borderless magazine. He graduated from SF State with a B.A. in Journalism in May 2021. His work frequently features Spanish translations as a companion to the original English. He deeply enjoys pupusas and poetry! And in his spare time he can be found consuming either with either anime or “The Damned” playing loudly in the background.

External exploration as self-inquiry 

“Queres gallo pinto!” “No! Pero gracias,” I say as my stomach’s grumbling fills up the kitchen. “¿Estás seguro joven?” “No.” This woman, Amparo Salmeron, is someone who I may have known. All Nicaraguan elderly women seem to have that haircut anyways. Short and combed...

Autumn Micketti

Autumn Micketti is a recent graduate from Southern Oregon University where she majored in communication with a focus on social media and public engagement. She currently works as a junior content editor intern with Harry & David, reporting on their orchards and various products for their blog, The Table. Autumn held the position of co-editor for The Siskiyou, SOU’s student newspaper for two years and during her senior year, she served as the community manager for SOU’s Communication Department. In Autumn’s free time she spends way too much money on records and is looking forward to attending concerts more regularly when it’s safer to do so.

Editing audio by candlelight

>Working with Next Generation Radio was like coming home. I feel like I’ve found a community with unconditional support and an overflowing pool of advice and experience. The first day of Next Generation Radio’s CapRadio program was exciting and exhausting. This is the...

Alan Trinidad

Alan Trinidad is a recent graduate from Sacramento State with a degree in journalism. Alan worked as an arts and entertainment writer and multimedia reporter for Sacramento State’s student-run newspaper, The State Hornet. Alan arrived at Sacramento State with aspirations of becoming a nurse, but during his junior year, he realized that he has always had an affinity for journalism. At a young age, Alan would fantasize about creating blogs and writing reviews about movies and music he thought people should know about. Alan uses journalism as a way to satisfy his love for creating content for a mass audience. Alan enjoys piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. 

Finding growth by being uncomfortable

When I received the email that I was accepted into this program, honestly,  I was speechless. Around this time last year, my professor at SacState recommended I apply for NextGenRadio. I was hesitant because I was still pretty inexperienced, instead I promised myself...

Malakai Wade

Malakai Wade recently graduated from San Francisco State University, where she studied Journalism and International Relations. During her studies, Malakai was the editor-in-chief and art director of the student-run publication, Xpress Magazine, where she led their transition into a virtual newsroom during the pandemic. In both her editorial roles, she enjoyed creating work with an art and design focus. Since graduating, Malakai has found herself working with audio, reporting on uplifting and solutions-driven stories on her podcast, The Happy Hour Newscast. When she’s not editing an episode, she likes to drink coffee on the porch, walk her dog, Kia, and main as a dungeon master for Dungeons & Dragons games.

Reigniting my love for reporting through audio storytelling

Overall I had an amazing time this week. Initially, I struggled with the decision whether to apply to NextGen because I’ve been having a hard time with motivation these last few months. I had a stressful and great time pitching because at that point, I had more...


The Next Generation Radio Project is a week-long digital journalism training project designed to give competitively selected participants, who are interested in radio and journalism, the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own multimedia story. Those chosen for the project are paired with a professional journalist who serves as their mentor.

This edition of the #NPRNextGenRadio project was produced in collaboration with:

  • Managing Editor – Traci Tong, Editor, Public Media Journalists Association, Boston, MA
  • Digital Editors – Michelle Faust Raghavan, Equity Initiative Manager, Solutions Journalism Network, Los Angeles, CA; Marnette Federis, Managing Editor, Stanford Journalism Program, San Jose, CA; Megan Manata, NextGen alumna, Digital Producer, Capital Public Radio, Los Angeles, CA
  • Audio Tech – Selena Seay-Reynolds, lead NextGen audio engineer/production assistant “Wondery,” Los Angeles; Tom Krymkowski, Senior Technical eLearning Developer, Splunk, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Audio Tech Apprentice – Eric Abercrombie, Sacramento, CA
  • Editorial Illustrators – Ard Su, Freelance, New York City, Emily Whang, Freelance, Baltimore, Maryland, and Eejoon Choi, Freelance, Los Angeles, CA
  • Visuals – Erica Lee, freelance photojournalist, Cresskill New Jersey; Andrew Nixon, Visual Journalist, Capital Public Radio, Sacramento, CA, Sara Nevis, NextGen alumna/Photo Intern, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA
  • Web Developer – Robert Boos, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis

Our journalist/mentors for this project were:

  • Eli Chen, Senior Podcast Editor, National Geographic, St. Louis, MO • Tiffany Camhi, “All Things Considered,” Host, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, OR
  • Devin Katayama, Editor of Talent and Development, KQED, San Francisco, CA 
  • Cristina Kim, Race and Equity Reporter, KPBS, San Diego, CA 
  • Laura Tsutsui, NextGen alumna, Producer, “The Confluence” WESA Pittsburgh, PA
  • Janelle Salanga, Next Gen alumna, Northern California reporter, Capital Public Radio, Chico, CA

NPR’s Next Generation Radio program is directed by its founder, Doug Mitchell.