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NPR Executive Producer Dies Of Cancer


Award-winning executive producer of NPR’s Tell Me More, Teshima Walker, died Friday at the age of 44 after a two-year battle with colon cancer. Walker first joined All Things Considered as a journalism fellow in 2000. Later, she spent three years as a producer for The Tavis Smiley Show, and then for News and Notes. In 2007, Walker signed on as senior supervising producer of Tell Me More. Walker first came to NPR by way of WBEZ, where she was a senior producer for morning news magazine Eight Forty-Eight.

“Teshima was a terrific journalist who worked tirelessly to bring new and diverse voices to air,” says Ellen McDonnell, executive editor for NPR News Programming. “She was a phenomenal advocate for the show, the staff and the audience. Tell Me More – and everyone who was lucky enough to work with Teshima – thrived under her leadership.”


“Teshima made us all want to dig a little deeper, think harder, and be better,” shares Tell Me More host Michel Martin. “She was everything you could want in a manager and friend: kind and open-hearted when you needed her to be, and tough, but fair, when you needed her to be. While I already miss her amazing laugh and her incredible off-key rendition of the 'Happy Birthday' song, I know I am better for having heard them both. We are all very grateful for the time we had with her, and thank her husband, parents, and sister for sharing these precious last days with us.”

Walker is survived by her husband, writer Jimi Izrael, her parents William and Vonceal Walker, and her sister Eureva Walker.

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