David Kestenbaum is a correspondent for NPR, covering science, energy issues and, most recently, the global economy for NPR's multimedia project Planet Money. David has been a science correspondent for NPR since 1999. He came to journalism the usual way — by getting a Ph.D. in physics first.
In his years at NPR, David has covered science's discoveries and its darker side, including the Northeast blackout, the anthrax attacks and the collapse of the New Orleans levees. He has also reported on energy issues, particularly nuclear and climate change.
David has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Former elementary and middle school teacher Claudio Sanchez is an Education Correspondent for NPR. He focuses on the "three p's" of education reform: politics, policy and pedagogy. Sanchez's reports air regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.
Sanchez joined NPR in 1989, after serving for a year as executive producer for the El Paso, Texas, based Latin American News Service, a daily national radio news service covering Latin America and the U.S.- Mexico border.
From 1984 to 1988, Sanchez was news and public affairs director at KXCR-FM in El Paso. During this time, he contributed reports and features to NPR's news programs.
Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s "Get It Growing project," an effort encouraging home horticulture throughout Louisiana. Dan is also author of "Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana" and co-author of the "Louisiana Gardener’s Guide."
Susan has long been part of the WRKF family. Having been indoctrinated in public broadcasting as on-air talent for membership campaigns at LPB, WRKF asked her to be the development director at the radio station. She went on to serve as WRKF's underwriting manager for 12 years and then the special events director for another three. Susan, part of a family of doctors, can't help but be fascinated with medicine and health. Out of that fascination came the award-winning "Conversations in Medicine”.
Every weekday Jim engages listeners with compelling discussions ranging from presidential and gubernatorial campaigns to LSU football and the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Isaac.
Jim serves as president of the Louisiana Radio Network and Tiger Rag Magazine and hosted the statewide offering Louisiana Live from 1998-2003. The Jim Engster Show has been part of the WRKF schedule since March 1, 2004.
In a career spanning more than three decades, Jim has interviewed nine Louisiana governors and has reported on every gubernatorial election since 1975. He has also shared the microphone with leaders of other states including Bill Clinton of Arkansas, Jerry Brown of California and Jesse Ventura of Minnesota.
Lew started his career at WHWB in Rutland, VT on June 9, 1950, as an announcer and copywriter. Just three months later he was promoted to the station's program director.
His career then took him down the east coast, working in Frederick, MD, Brunswick, GA, Burlington, NC Delray Beach, FA, and LaPlace, LA.
His association with WRKF began in 1976, when he met with the group that would eventually see the station go on the air in 1980. Lew served faithfully on the WRKF board of directors for the first few years before moving on to become station manager of WCKW in LaPlace in 1985, where he created the "Classic Rock" format, now copied in almost every city in the United States.
Taylor, a New Orleans native, worked during his high school years for the New Orleans Jazz Museum and WYES-TV, and gained some early radio experience before heading up in 1965 to obtain an economics degree at Centenary College in Shreveport. There, he was editor of the college newspaper for two years, and was involved in the founding of the college radio station. He is a US Navy veteran, serving as a radioman in Vietnam and then in Spain. A Baton Rouge attorney, he is married to Mary Ann Caffery, and has been a volunteer at WRKF since 1981. He is a lifetime member of the Folk Alliance International.
Brian is well known in the Baton Rouge Arts community, especially for hosting and producing "Center Stage" on WRKF over the last decade. He currently serves on the Board of the Baton Rouge Little Theater and in the past has also served on the Boards of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater, Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo and the Baton Rouge Gilbert and Sullivan Society. A retiree of the Dow Chemical Company, Brian has chaired over 30 musicals locally and has appeared in over a dozen musical productions. He was inducted into the Baton Rouge Little Theater’s Hall of Fame in June of 2012