Stories from Jeb Sharp
I write stories and make radio for PRI’s The World and WGBH. I got my start in the analog era, learning how to cut and splice audiotape in Bill Drummond’s radio class at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. I came to understand the power of the medium as a reporter and news director at Raven Radio, KCAW-FM, in Sitka, Alaska. I also worked briefly at WBUR-FM in Boston before finding my professional home here at The World. I am mostly a reporter but recently spent three and half years as “show producer,” supervising the newsroom and working with producers and editors to curate content for the daily broadcast. Before that I also hosted and produced The World’s first history podcast, “How We Got Here.” Each week I’d pick an item in the news and dig into the history behind it.
I have reported for the show from Belgium, Bosnia, Canada, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Haiti, Gaza, Israel, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, the UK and across the US. I’ve received some nice honors along the way: a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, two Overseas Press Club awards for “History of Iraq” and “How Wars End,” a Dart Award for “Rape as a Weapon of War, ” and a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists for “Rwanda: Trying to Move On.” I spent a lot of my early years at The World reporting on U.S. foreign policy; these days I’m exploring global stories closer to home.