I look at my byline and can’t help but think, "it's OK, but it’s no Ira Glass."
In a recent story
in The Atlantic
, Deirdre Mask marvels at the roster of colorful, alliterative names at NPR.
There are the poetic names: Allison Aubrey, Louisa Lim, Carl Kassell, Susan Stamberg and Corey Flintoff; and then the “mouth-filling double-barreled” names of Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Chana Joffe-Walt, Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, Dina Temple-Raston, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
How does NPR do it? Is having a great moniker part of the job description? Even the everyday Michele Norris becomes elevated to the euphonious when pronounced the way she does: "MEE-Shel Norris."
Listeners have apparently swooned over the names. Restaurants, license plates, and even pets are named after them.
“A turtle named Ira Glass lives in Queens, and somewhere out there roams a chihuahua named Mandalit. Kai Ryssdal had, at one point, a namesake goat.
“But perhaps no reporter's name is more beloved than Sylvia Poggioli, NPR's Italian correspondent. Sylvia has had a cow in Cambodia named after her, and a restaurant in Salem, Oregon. ‘Every time Sylvia says her name,’ the restaurateur said, ‘I envision Italy, I see and smell good food.’"
What are some of your favorite reporters’ names? Share them in the comments section below.
And don’t forget to read Mask’s full story at The Atlantic