Anita Rao named ‘Rising Star’ in public media
Current, the source for news about public media, has named Anita Rao a 2023 Rising Star in Public Media. Anita is the host and creator of "Embodied," WUNC’s weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health, and the managing editor of the station’s on-demand content.
In a release on Monday, July 31, Current announced its first cohort of early and mid-career employees to be recognized for making a mark on their organizations and communities.
“There’s so much talent in public media,” said Current Executive Director Julie Drizin. “We wanted to recognize exceptional individuals and raise their profiles on a national level.”
Anita is one of 22 Rising Stars who work in a variety of audience-facing and behind-the-scenes roles at stations and national organizations in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Current received 238 nominations from stations of all sizes across the country and from national organizations and programs.
Before her current role, Anita traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and was a regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show.
“Anita's recognition as a Rising Star in Public Media is a testament to her exceptional talent and work ethic in building the program, ‘Embodied,’” Paul Hunton, WUNC president and general manager, said. “Her passion for storytelling and her ability to connect with audiences through unique subjects and hard conversations make her a true standout in the industry. The entire WUNC team congratulates Anita on this well-deserved honor and looks forward to witnessing her continued success.”
You can read more about the 2023 Rising Stars of Public Media at current.org/risingstars.
Here are the Rising Stars of 2023 (in last name alphabetical order):
Mayowa Aina, Special Projects Reporter, KNKX
Kassidy Arena, Engagement Producer, KBIA
Katie Blackley, Digital Editor, WESA
Aliyah Chavez, Anchor and Managing Editor, ICT Newscast, IndiJ Public Media
Alex Forsett, Western Colorado Regional Director, Rocky Mountain Public Media
Elma González Lima Brandão, Digital Editor, KPBS Samantha Harris, Director of Membership, PBS Reno
Gavin Lankford, Assistant Director, Current Series, PBS KIDS, PBS
Whitney Maddox, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, NPR
Savannah Maher, Reporter, Marketplace
Obed Manuel, Editor, Colorado Public Radio/Denverite
Brian Munoz, Photojournalist, St. Louis Public Radio
Nicholas Price, Series Producer, Reel South
Anita Rao, Host and creator of “Embodied,” WUNC
Jessica Ray, Associate Producer and Online Content Creator, Maryland Public Television
Lewis Reining, Producer and Operations Coordinator, WTJU
Micaela Rodriguez, Managing Producer, Podcasts, KERA
Jacob Schwitzer, Game Developer/Designer, Nebraska Public Media Brisa Siegel, Classical Music Host, KUSC/KDFC
Bianca Taylor, Producer/Host, KQED
Joy Yoo, Lead Product Manager, Email and Social, NPR
Deema Zein, Producer, Digital Videos, PBS NewsHour