Phyllis Fletcher

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I am currently a Professional journalist or technologist working in media


Job Title:
Bureau Chief


I edit stories from the Northwest for NPR. My “work hobbies”​ include podcasting, demography, filing from the field, membership drive air shifts, outreach and panel moderation. I also oversee the Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship for the Seattle Association of Black Journalists, and I judge broadcasting awards for the Third Coast Festival and the Education Writers Association. I have been a reporter, an editor and a software engineer. My work has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award, two Gracie Awards, two Salutes to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists and two UNITY Awards.

National Association of Black Journalists

Current Leadership Positions:

Editor of the Year, Public Radio News Directors, Inc.
Interim President, Broadcast, Seattle Association of Black Journalists

Areas of expertise:
Basic HTML/CSS, Web production experience, Social media branding – Newsroom / organization level, Data analysis – Beginner level, Beat reporter, Other
Other areas of expertise:

Audio, Radio, Podcasting

Speaking Experience
Yes, I have been a keynote speaker for an event, Yes, have led sessions individually, Yes, have spoken on panels, Yes, have taught skills-based or hands-on training sessions (at events), Yes, have taught skills-based or hands-on training sessions (in newsroom)

Past Speaking Experience:

Keynote Speaker, Journalism Educators Association, Sep 2017
Managing Editor, Next Generation Radio early career workshop, Seattle, Apr 2017
Presenter, “The Sound of Breaking News,” Third Coast Audio Festival, Nov 2016
Panelist, “Growing the Next Generation of Editors,” Public Radio Program Directors, Sep 2016
Managing Editor, Next Generation Radio early career workshop, St. Paul, Sep 2016
Panelist, OPB’s “Think Out Loud” & KUOW’s “Week In Review,” 2014-present
Moderator, opening panel, West Coast Poverty Center Poverty Summit, Sep 2015
Moderator, Humanities Washington “Think And Drink,” Oct 2014 – Nov 2015
Managing Editor, Next Generation Radio student journalism workshop, Minneapolis, Oct 2015
Panelist, “Covering Breaking News,” College Broadcasters, Inc., Oct 2014
TEDx Seattle, “Unconventional Leadership: Hiding in the Spotlight,” Feb 2013

City / Location Preferences:

Austin, Bellingham, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Portland, Pullman, Tri-Cities, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane

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