The Lead: NPR’s Joe Shapiro on Covering Disability Rights, Finding Voices for Radio

In his more than 20 years at NPR, Joe Shapiro has written stories on everything from health to rising court fees to solitary confinement. He’s spent most of his career writing stories about disability, starting when editors wouldn’t even publish his work because they didn’t think it was relevant.

In this episode, Shapiro talks about covering disability rights, finding voices to anchor radio stories and saying “yes” to unexpected opportunities.

“I love radio. I love hearing somebody’s voice … you have to have the right person who can tell their story.”

Guest: Joe Shapiro, investigations correspondent at NPR

Jacqueline GaNun is a graduate assistant in the journalism department at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.



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