Columbia Journalism School

Diantha Parker

Diantha Parker

Adjunct Faculty

Diantha Parker is a web producer and editor for The New York Times, working across the newsroom on both daily news and long term multimedia projects; she has also contributed to the Times’ coverage of veterans and the military.

She has a deep background in public broadcasting, working for more than a decade as a producer and reporter for NPR, its Chicago affiliate WBEZ, APM’s Marketplace, the BBC World Service and other outlets. She has also produced and hosted podcasts for entities ranging from The Poetry Foundation to Stanford University.

At NPR in Washington, DC, Parker was a producer on All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, moving to Chicago in 1997 as a co-creator and the first director of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, NPR and WBEZ-Chicago's news quiz. She returned to All Things Considered days before September 11, 2001 as a visiting producer, and was part of the award-winning team that covered that day’s events and their aftermath.

After returning to Chicago, Parker reported for WBEZ and NPR for several years, covering criminal justice and legal affairs. She investigated longstanding allegations of the torture of suspects by Chicago Police officers, as well as Chicago’s gang network and the flow of illegal narcotics through the city. She also covered high-profile federal trials, including those 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. More on her and her work at

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