Noel King

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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At this point, there are almost half a million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.

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So if you have been exposed to the coronavirus, when can you safely go back to work?

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Across the United States, more than 20 states have postponed presidential primaries and other elections because of COVID-19.

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The number of deaths from COVID-19 and the number of cases of the virus in this country are still going up.

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In her new graphic memoir That Can Be Arranged, cartoonist Huda Fahmy recounts how she met and married her husband. The subtitle is A Muslim Love Story — and Fahmy says it's exactly that.

"Muslims are not a monolith ... This is not The Muslim love story, it's A Muslim love story," she says.

Music artist Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy winner, has a new self-titled album coming out — her seventh.

She also has written a forthcoming book, More Myself, that she prefers to call a "journey" rather than a memoir.

Keys spoke to NPR in February — an interview being aired for the first time now — about her latest projects.

Her book explores her arrival into adulthood while in the spotlight, and how she learned to be herself — and that it was OK to be herself.

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The U.S. government has charged Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro with drug trafficking. Attorney General Bill Barr announced the charges earlier this morning. Here he is.

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The Senate has passed a bill to inject around $2 trillion of emergency relief into the U.S. economy.

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Lawmakers faced a few delays in agreeing on a coronavirus relief bill.

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Coronavirus home cooking is now a part of American life.

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What is the best way for the United States to spend close to $2 trillion?

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Here's the advice that medical experts are giving to slow the spread of the coronavirus - just stay home when you can.

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Worries about the coronavirus are hitting the global economy hard.

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After days of floating at sea, the Grand Princess cruise ship is set to dock today in California.

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It is far from a done deal, but this morning after Super Tuesday, we're a lot closer to knowing who the 2020 Democratic nominee for president will be.

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Instead of escaping her Rust Belt youth as hoped after college, Eliese Goldbach finds herself applying to work in a local steel mill in an effort to gain financial stability.

In Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit, the Ohio-born writer reflects on her childhood in the industrial valley and her three years as a steelworker.

She tells NPR she eventually used the money she earned to become a teacher, now working at John Carroll University.


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South Carolina's primary is on Saturday. And then three days later, it's Super Tuesday. And people in 14 states will vote.

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Markets are opening this morning after the Dow fell over a thousand points yesterday over concerns about the coronavirus.

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The coronavirus is spreading in ways that make it even more mysterious.

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Although the result was never in doubt, you could feel the weight of history as senators cast their votes yesterday.

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We still don't have the final results of the Iowa caucuses.

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There were eight hours of questions and answers on the Senate floor yesterday.

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Eight hours. One by one, senators, including Republican Susan Collins from Maine, wrote their questions on little notecards.

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The U.K. says it will develop its 5G network with the help of the Chinese telecom company Huawei. The Trump administration has urged Britain to ban the company. It calls Huawei a security risk. NPR's Frank Langfitt is covering all of this from London. Hey, Frank.

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So a pretty big week in Washington, D.C., with a Senate impeachment trial beginning tomorrow.

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