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 virtual conference Nov. 14 & 21 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day!

Nov. 14, 2020

8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. ET “Christina Shockley’s Hosting Tips”
Christina is currently the All Things Considered host and Chief Announcer at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor. She has decades of hosting experience, and first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be a confident, warm and successful local Morning Edition host. Christina will provide coaching to help you find your own, unique voice. She’ll also help create a structure so that hosts feel in control of their shift and can focus on talking to the listener.
Christina will also make herself available on Sunday Nov. 15 for one-on-one air checks for 30 minutes each. Email if you’re interested in taking part.

10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. ET “Post-Election Discussion and What’s Ahead”

NPR’s David Greene and Rachel Martin join us to talk about election coverage leading up to and following November 3. We’ll learn more about editorial decisions made by producers, editors and hosts at the national level. David has been a big supporter of this conference, and this will be a last hurrah for him.

Nov. 21, 2020

8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. ET “The Care and Feeding of a Morning Edition Host”

It’s already a challenge, on a good day, to be a Morning Edition host, but 2020 has presented some additional trouble. It’s important to take care of ourselves, and many of us aren’t good about remembering that. We’ll have Psychologist Robin Avery and StateImpact Pennsylvania/WITF Editor Scott Blanchard join us to discuss to talk about self-care and peer support. 
If you have specific topics you’d like to discuss, please email so we can bring them up during our discussion.

10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. ET “Two-Way Best Practices”

Two-ways should be the bread and butter of any Morning Edition host and producer. They’re an efficient way to communicate new or complex information. KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick and Aspen Public Radio News Director Ariel Van Cleave will provide tips on how to make your two-ways sing, as well as ways to convince your newsroom reporters to do more of them with you if this isn’t common practice.

More than 50 Morning Edition hosts and producers attended the 2019 HostCon in Culver City, California.
Photo by Felicia Friesema 

Registration Information

Anyone interested in attending the conference must pay a $50 registration fee. Sign up here.

If you have any concerns about paying the fee, please email

Get in Touch

HostCon Fund
PO Box 61363
Seattle, WA 98141

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