Columbia Journalism School

Diantha Parker

Adjunct Faculty

Diantha Parker is a freelance reporter and producer based in New York. She's a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, where she was a producer for seven years. Her work can also be heard on "Marketplace," the BBC World Service and other outlets.

At National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., Parker was a producer on "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition." In 1998, she transferred to Chicago to become the first director of NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me." She came back to "All Things Considered" as a visiting producer just before September 11, 2001, covering the day's events and the aftermath.

Later, she returned to Chicago and left the network to become a reporter for WBEZ, the city's NPR affiliate. On her criminal justice and legal affairs beat, Parker investigated longstanding allegations of torture in the Chicago Police Department. She also covered the federal trials of former Illinois Governor George Ryan and media CEO Conrad Black. Later, as a business reporter, her stories included the merge of Chicago's Mercantile Exchange and Board of Trade and the shifting fortunes of Chicago's newspapers.

Parker graduated from McGill University with a degree in English and is a native of Cambridge, Mass.

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