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Jeffrey L. Katz is the Deputy Managing Editor of Digital News, where he takes a leading role in coordinating and developing NPR's news presence at NPR.org. Katz sets the Web site's daily and long-term news assignments and priorities, serves as an advocate for online coverage with the network's news desks and programs, and helps oversee coverage of breaking news events.
Katz previously served as an editor at NPR's Morning Edition, where he edited interviews by hosts and correspondents, reporter-based stories, commentaries and series. He joined the network in 1999 as an editor on NPR's National Desk, where he was responsible for coverage of education, welfare and sports.
Before then, Katz spent two decades in print journalism. He began his journalism career at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. From 1978 to 1984, he served as an urban affairs reporter and editorial writer in Memphis, and as the newspaper's correspondent in Little Rock, Ark., where he also wrote a weekly column.
In 1984, Katz received a congressional fellowship from The American Political Science Association, during which he served on the staff of Rep. Barbara Kennelly and Sen. Al Gore.
From 1986 to 1989, Katz was The Milwaukee Journal's political reporter, covering campaigns for president, Congress, governor, mayor and county executive. He developed public opinion polls, analyzed local and state public policy issues and occasionally covered Chicago politics. He also wrote a bi-weekly column.
He became a staff writer for Governing Magazine in 1990, writing about state and local public policy issues, and then joined Congressional Quarterly two years later. At CQ Weekly Report, Katz mainly covered social policy issues, including welfare, education, housing, urban affairs, low-income nutrition programs, child welfare and the appropriations process. He later covered the House leadership, impeachment and ethics process.
Katz participated in the first conference of the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland in 1993, then served on its national advisory board for a number of years.
Katz graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 1978.
Doualy Xaykaothao covers breaking news from Asia for NPR News. She's based in Bangkok, Thailand, and her reports can be heard across all NPR News programs.
Xaykaothao joined NPR in 1999 as a production assistant for Morning Edition and has since worked as an NPR producer, editor, director and reporter for NPR's award-winning programs. As a producer for NPR's Newscast Unit, she was a member of the team receiving the 2001 Peabody Award for its coverage of the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Xaykaothao began reporting about anti-war protests from Seoul, South Korea. A year later, Xaykaothao was in the Phang Nga region of Thailand reporting on the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. In 2006, Xaykaothao served as a fellow for the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS with a focus on women inside Nepal's 10 year civil war. Xaykaothao was also an Annenberg Fellow for NPR member station KPCC in Los Angeles in 2007, and was part of the reporting team to receive a LA Press Club Award for breaking coverage of the California wildfires. By 2009, Xaykaothao was in Indonesia reporting on the earthquake that devastated Padang. In 2010, she reported about North Korea's deadly attack on a South Korean warship. When Japan was struck by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, Xaykaothao was the first NPR reporter to reach Fukushima to report on the triple disasters in 2011.
Xaykaothao is Lao-Hmong American. She was born in Vientiane, Laos, but raised in France and the United States. She attended college in upstate New York, where she specialized in television, radio, political science, and ethnic studies. Her radio career began at Harlem community radio station WHCR 90.3 FM, where she volunteered as news-reader. Later, at Pacifica Radio's WBAI 99.5 FM, she worked for the station's resident film critic, the late Paul Wunder. At Pacifica, she also coordinated and produced Asia Pacific Forum, a program on politics, culture and arts inside Asian American communities, as well as missed stories from Asia.
For those who are curious, Doualy Xaykaothao is pronounced "dwah-hlee sigh-kow-tao."