HostCon 2019

Photo courtesy of Parker Miles Blohm at KNKX Public Radio in Seattle

About Us

We host an annual conference providing professional development for Morning Edition hosts and producers from across the country. We’ve had people from stations as big as WNYC in New York and as small as KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Join us for this year’s conference November 8-10 in Culver City, California!

Friday November 8 at KCRW

1 – 2 p.m. Wellness in the ME shift
(An open discussion with hosts and producers focused on what each of us does to eat well, sleep enough and stay sane in this early-morning shift.)

2 – 3:30 p.m. David Greene, host of Morning Edition, and Arezou Rezvani, Editor II at Morning Edition
(We’ll learn more about David and Arezou’s career paths and their current work on the show.)

3:45 – 5 p.m. Valerie Geller, broadcast consultant and author, President of Geller Media International
(We’ll get tips on having a distinct on-air presence from an expert in the field.)
Saturday November 9 at NPR West

8 a.m. Breakfast (provided)

8:30 a.m. Welcome from NPR West and HostCon organizers

8:45 – 10 a.m. The reporting side of hosting and refining your news judgment – presented by Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio Morning Edition host and Korva Coleman, NPR newscaster
(Many of us wear multiple hats. We’ll talk about the challenges and successes of juggling hosting and reporting, as well as ways to beef up our individual news judgment when stacking newscasts for our stations.)

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Two-ways – presented by Greta Johnsen, Nerdette host and anchor at WBEZ, Richard Hake, WNYC Morning Edition host and Korva Coleman, NPR newscaster
(Adding context to your show is valuable, but what are some ways to do it efficiently while (sometimes) making it fun? Our experts share their experiences.)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1 – 2:15 p.m. Relationships among member stations and NPR – presented by Kenya Young, Executive Producer of Morning Edition and Catherine Mailhouse, Senior Supervising Editor/Producer of Morning Edition
(An open discussion focused on how NPR and member stations can work better together to understand individual roles and decisions that can impact a station’s presentation of Morning Edition.)

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Podcasting tips – presented by Arwen Nicks, KPCC Senior Producer, On Demand
(Everybody has a podcast! But how do you do it right? We’ll get some tips on creating something you’re proud of and an understanding of what kind of collaboration is needed to get your work heard.)

4 – 5 p.m. “Trusting News” organization approach to coverage – presented by Tim Lambert, WITF News Director
(The phrase “fake news” has been thrown around a lot over the last several years. We’ll find out ways to pull back the curtain to inform our listeners about why we’re covering certain topics. Plus, we’ll get tips on engagement to bring our listeners into the process a bit more.)

5 – 5:15 p.m. Wrap up

6 p.m. Dinner
NPR Morning Edition host David Greene joined more than 30 other hosts and producers in Seattle at KNKX in 2018 for the 4th annual HostCon.

Registration Information

Anyone interested in attending the conference must pay a $150 registration fee. Sign up here. The deadline to register is September 27.

If you’d like suggestions for where to stay while in Culver City, please email

Public Media Journalists Association (formerly PRNDI) is generously assisting in processing payments for the conference.

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HostCon Fund
PO Box 61363
Seattle, WA 98141

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