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About Us

Reporting New York.

Uptown Radio is a weekly news magazine and podcast modeled after NPR’s All Things Considered. It is produced by the students of the Radio Workshop, the most advanced audio course at Columbia Journalism School. Uptown Radio is the school’s longest-running continuous webcast, broadcasting each Thursday at 4 P.M., from February through May, since 1996. Uptown Radio contains original feature reports as well as interviews and newscasts in service of the listeners in New York City and the world beyond.


Follow us on Twitter @uptownradio and subscribe to our podcast on Apple Podcasts.

With 14 reporters covering the city and national beats, Uptown Radio offers original journalism and high-quality radio production comparable to that heard on the best public radio stations. The Uptown Radio newsroom is directed by a team of award-winning journalists and adjunct professors: Sally Herships, freelance reporter and director of the radio program, Ben Shapiro, contributing editor at Radio Diaries, and Robert Smith from NPR's Planet Money. Additional reporting and production supervision is provided by adjunct instructor Hayley Zhao.

For information about Columbia’s radio program, email Sally Herships at


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