Jonathan Blakley

Jonathan Blakley

School of Communication

Jonathan Blakley

2010 Alumni Academy Inductee


BA, Communication/Journalism, 1991.
Jonathan is a producer for National Public Radio’s Foreign Desk, based in Washington D.C. He joined National Public Radio in 2001, as Associate Editor of the Newscast Unit. In 2005, he became one of the producers for the award-winning news magazine All Things Considered. In 2007, he began working for the Foreign Desk. Recently, Jonathan’s primary job is managing the staff of 10 Iraqi journalists and drivers who are part of NPR’s Baghdad Bureau.

Prior to NPR, Jonathan worked as a news writer for the Associated Press Broadcast News Center in Washington, DC, as a news writer for ABC Radio News in New York, and as an assignment editor for WWJ Newsradio in Detroit. Jonathan was also part of the team which launched the “all-news” format at WKZO Radio in Kalamazoo.

In the summer of 2010, Jonathan produced River of Life: Congo Odyssey for NPR. To create this well received multimedia presentation and five-part radio series Jonathan and a NPR West African reporter spent seven days aboard a packed barge chronicling life along the Congo River.

In 2002, Jonathan spent nine months at the University of Ghana-Legon as a Fulbright Guest Lecturer teaching communication theory and radio broadcasting. His students successfully took their campus news magazine show to the Ghana Broadcast Corporation (GBC) where the program was aired live, nationwide.

Jonathan is actively involved in mentoring Washington area high school students in radio production through a partnership with the Washington Association of Black Journalists. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
 

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