March 28 2016

Last week, NPR’s Morning Edition broadcasted live from Youth Radio’s studios in Oakland, California. For this special week, I produced a feature story that discussed the issue of affordable housing for young adults.

Morning Edition’s week at Youth Radio gave me the opportunity to work alongside David Greene, one of the hosts of this popular show. At first, I did not know what to expect, but I soon found David to be incredibly down-to-earth. He has been really awesome to work with and learn from.

Kasey and David out in the field producing her story.
Kasey and David out in the field producing her story.

My fellow youth reporters and I were able to give David a few lessons in snapchatting and “dabbing.” Cutting loose with someone as important as David was such an amazing experience. Anything that we threw at him, no matter how ridiculous it may have sounded, he was excited and willing to participate in any way. This week has been amazing and I hope we can share moments like these again.

David mentoring Kasey while out in the field getting the story.
David mentoring Kasey while out in the field getting the story.

For me, being able to have my story featured on NPR’s Morning Edition Live at Youth Radio was amazing. I never pictured myself creating content for such a huge national outlet. Youth Radio has given me so many opportunities to share my voice with audiences across the nation. The reporting process is such a long journey, but utterly worth it. The hard work my producers and I put in has paid off, and I am really grateful to have gotten this opportunity to showcase my work.

Being able to broadcast to the world about what the youth my age are worried about is the most rewarding feeling. I have been given a voice to be heard. I hope to continue this work to shed light on how the next generation really feels.