Hard Questions, Important Stories: A Conversation With NPR's Howard Berkes

Dec 20, 2018

As a journalist at NPR for almost 40 years, Howard Berkes has covered his fair share of ground-breaking, muckraking stories. He joins us Thursday to talk about his career, the importance of asking hard questions, and giving voices to the voiceless.

As a journalist at NPR for almost 40 years, Howard Berkes has covered his fair share of ground-breaking, muckraking stories. Now, it’s time to retire. But before he does, Berkes is putting the finishing touches on a story he’s been reporting for close to six years. It’s about hardworking men and women in the coal mines of Appalachia suffering and dying from black lung disease. Berkes joins us Thursday to talk about his career, the importance of asking hard questions, and giving voices to the voiceless.

Howard Berkes is a correspondent for the NPR Investigations Unit with a long list of accomplishments, rewards, and accolades, including five Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative, sports, and online audio reporting.