Today NPR's News & Notes shut off the mic for the last time. News & Notes was my first job out of j-school. I first worked as an intern and was later hired to be a producer. The show explores various news stories through the multiple lens of the black diaspora. I say multiple because all black people don't think alike. The staff was small and worked hard to deliver a show to their audience everyday. I listened to the show before and after I was an NPR employee. I'm sad to see them go.
I enjoyed working with the staff. Our schedule was hectic but many times we laughed. The cool part about working at NPR West was you never knew who would walk through the door: Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Russell Simmons, Kirk Franklin, Smokey Robinson, then-Sen. Joe Biden, Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Angela Bassett, Cornell West, Tom Petty...I could go on.
Black news shows that are intellectually engaging like N&N are missing in broadcast journalism. That's unfortunate.
Well, I wish everyone at "News and Notes" the best. As a former-producer I thank them for teaching me the ropes in radio. As a listener I thank them for keeping me informed.