Dan Charles is NPR's food and agriculture correspondent.
Primarily responsible for covering farming and the food industry, Charles focuses on the stories of culture, business, and the science behind what arrives on your dinner plate.
This is his second time working for NPR; from 1993 to 1999, Charles was a technology correspondent at NPR. He returned in 2011.
During his time away from NPR, Charles was an independent writer and radio producer and occasionally filled in at NPR on the Science and National desks, and at Weekend Edition. Over the course of his career Charles has reported on software engineers in India, fertilizer use in China, dengue fever in Peru, alternative medicine in Germany, and efforts to turn around a troubled school in Washington, DC.
In 2009-2010, he taught journalism in Ukraine through the Fulbright program. He has been guest researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a Knight Science Journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
From 1990 to 1993, Charles was a U.S. correspondent for New Scientist, a major British science magazine.
The author of two books, Charles wrote Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, The Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare (Ecco, 2005) and Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food (Perseus, 2001) about the making of genetically engineered crops.
Charles graduated magna cum laude from American University with a degree in economics and international affairs. After graduation Charles spent a year studying in Bonn, which was then part of West Germany, through the German Academic Exchange Service.
Terence Shepherd is assignment editor at WLRN-Miami Herald News, the public radio news outlet serving Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties.
He first experienced the power of public radio in 2007 while co-creating and providing editorial direction for the WLRN/Miami Herald Friday Business Report weekly segment, which continues on the air.
He is dedicated to nonprofit causes, education, networking and mentoring, and feeds these interests as president of the South Florida Black Journalists Association and actively participating in other professional organizations. Believing in the power of extensive networks, he’s a member of the Online News Association; Society of American Business Editors and Writers; Society of Environmental Journalists; Asian American Journalists Association; National Association of Black Journalists; and the National Black MBA Association.
Before joining the station, Terence was managing editor of a financial website and previously spent 14 years editing business and financial coverage at The Miami Herald. During his tenure at The Herald, his teams won two consecutive Best in Business Awards for Overall Excellence from the SABEW, and he directed coverage leading to a national award on web pharmacies. His favorite projects at The Herald included The Business Plan Challenge, and later developing the section’s online and multiplatform identity with the weekly radio program and two weekly video shows.
Before journalism, he worked in the commodity brokerage business as a compliance and operations manager.
Terence, a native of Louisville, Ky., graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in economics and received an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.
Karen Rundlet worked as television news producer for a long, long time in cities like Atlanta, New York, and Miami. Not once during that period did she ever say words like "action" or "cut." Seven years ago, she joined The Miami Herald's newsroom as a Multimedia Manager. She built the company a Video Studio, where sports segments, celebrity reports, and interviews with heads of state have been shot and produced. In 2010, she also began producing a business segment for WLRN/Miami Herald News radio and writing business articles for www.MiamiHerald.com. Karen calls herself "a Miami girl with Jamaican roots," (practically a native) having lived in the city long enough to remember when no one went to South Beach. She spends her weekends with an Arsenal Football loving husband and a young daughter who avoids skirts that aren't "twirly enough."