Marielle Segarra; Andrés Alva-Cardenas
September 8, 2022; Washington D.C.- life kit adds an anchor host to its list of contributors. Marielle Segarra, recently from Market, will be the first regular host of the podcast and radio show, starting this week. Andee Tagle, currently the show’s associate producer, will join Segarra in the newly created role of reporter-producer.
From sleeping to saving money to parenthood and more, NPR’s life kit provides reliable, non-judgmental advice to help listeners navigate our complicated times. The award-winning podcast engages large audiences with original content on Instagram, web and radio. With useful content that meets the day and a generous and inclusive voice, life kit attracts one of NPR’s youngest and most diverse audiences.
“What I like about life kit it’s that he’s honest and vulnerable,” Segarra said. “Every episode feels like a kindness. Hosts tell you: Listen, you’re not alone, and we’ve taken the time to figure out how to help. Basically: we have your back.
“I mean, our lives get incredibly busy. There’s all these things that we write on post-its or put in our Google calendars (or if you’re me, in an email draft). .things we want to get to, but don’t have the mental energy to seek out or pursue. life kit does this learning for people and finally helps them tackle the tasks that haunt them. And the show’s conversations also help listeners live more meaningful and thoughtful lives. I’m so excited to join this team.”
“life kit has been my home for nearly three years, and I am honored to step into this new role as we begin our next chapter,” Tagle said. “This show has completely changed my definition of service journalism, and I feel so lucky to have played and experienced in a team filled with so many smart, creative and thoughtful people. I know Marielle will only serve to grow and elevate what we do – I’m thrilled to have her and look forward to learning from her.”
“I’m so excited for our audience to meet Marielle,” said Beth Donovan, Senior Director of Life Kit & Special Projects. “We know our listeners depend on us for evidence-based service journalism, and Marielle will imbue this effort with warmth, personal finance expertise and curiosity about anything that might make our days easier and brighter. And many of our listeners already know Andee, who has hosted episodes about battling sympathy, relationship contracts, managing a budget, and more. Andee is also the face of our Dear Life Kit series, and I look forward to seeing the innovation and excitement she will bring to the role of journalist-producer.”
Segarra joins NPR from Market, where she helped people understand how the ins and outs of economics are relevant to their lives. Over the years, she’s reported stories about Amazon’s counterfeiting problem, the lack of paid family leave in the United States, the origin story of Song of the Summer, the role of makeup during a pandemic and the shocking experience of returning to an office in August 2020.
And as a podcast host, she’s talked about US refugee policy, green energy, the war in Ukraine, film Encantocauliflower smoothies, hairless cats, inflation, sanity, honoring your ancestors, hunting for sea glass in Puerto Rico, and much more.
Recently, she hosted a long episode about a guy who had a lifelong dream of becoming a nude model. She also found multiple opportunities to sing (badly) in her stories, and once the song was Baby Shark.
Prior to Marketplace, Marielle worked at WHYY in Philadelphia. She also taught audio journalism at Columbia University, and she trains journalists and producers on how to write and deliver scripts that sound like them.
She lived in New York for much of her life but still hasn’t visited the Statue of Liberty.
On life kit, Tagle helps create audio and written stories about all things actionable journalism, and often gets the chance to create podcasts inspired by his own personal misadventures. She hosted episodes about battling sympathy, relationship contracts, and learning to be a good loser; and has produced episodes on everything from finding the right mentor to best listening to finding your singing voice.
Tagle joined NPR as an intern for the Arts Desk in 2019, where she wrote film and book reviews, adapted interviews and unabashedly watched hours upon hours of television for “research.” A native of Los Angeles, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from UCLA and a master’s degree in journalism with a concentration in arts and culture from CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. She recently moved to San Diego with her husband and is looking for the ultimate breakfast burrito.
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