‘The Atlantic’ asks why NPR journalists have such great names

A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. It just wouldn’t have a place at NPR.

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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.

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