Rachel Faulkner is a producer for TED Radio Hour and How I Built This, where she produces, scores and edits episodes.
During her time at NPR, Faulkner has enjoyed directing live events, like the How I Built This Summit, and pitching and producing full-length How I Built This episodes such as "The McBride Sisters," which told the story of long-lost sisters, raised on opposite sides of the planet, who discovered each other in adulthood and went on to build one of the biggest Black-owned wine companies in the world. She has also helped create dozens of TED Radio Hour segments, including a long-form interview on navigating grief and hardship, a look at how family income affects childhood brain development, a conversation on loneliness and human connection and an exploration of outer space and gravitational waves.
Faulkner is part of the TED Radio Hour team that received a 2018 Webby Award for their "Manipulation" episode. She also recently worked as a research assistant for Professor Steven V. Roberts, author of the upcoming memoir Cokie: A Life Well-Lived, about his wife (and one of NPR's Founding Mothers) Cokie Roberts.
Faulkner joined NPR in 2016 as an intern. She started producing while finishing college, coming into the office between classes, and joined NPR full-time after finishing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from George Washington University.
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