For millions of morning listeners, NPR's Lakshmi Singh is the voice of public radio and as such, is one of the most prominent desis in the media. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1994 before working at NPR member stations in Spokane, Orlando and Washington, DC. She joined NPR in 2000. SAJAforum spoke to her about her path to NPR, the pressure on journalists these days and the threat of confusing one Mahmoud for another.
How did you get this gig?
I became an anchor for NPR five or six years ago. I was working at WAMU in Washington D.C. at the time as a reporter and local show host. I called Greg Peppers, the superviser of the Newscast Unit, and offered to fill in if the need ever arose. Well, sure enough, he needed the extra help. Soon after, Greg called me in, we did an audition, I trained with someone a few times, and I was on the air. I temped for, I'd say, about a year before I permanently joined NPR's staff.