Jason DeRose is the Western Bureau Chief for NPR News, based at NPR West in Culver City. He edits news coverage from Member station reporters and freelancers in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii. DeRose also edits coverage of religion and LGBTQ issues for the National Desk.
Prior to this position, DeRose was the supervising editor for NPR's Economic Training Project. He worked with local member station reporters as an editor, trainer and mentor to improve business and economic coverage throughout the public radio system. Earlier, he worked as an editor on NPR's mid-day news magazine Day to Day; as a reporter and producer at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and as an editor, host, reporter and producer at member stations in Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis and Tampa.
DeRose served as a mentor and trainer for NPR's "Next Generation Radio Project" and Chicago Public Radio's "Ear to the Ground Project" — programs that teach aspiring high school and college students public radio's unique reporting style.
Outside of public radio, DeRose worked as an oral history interviewer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and as a journalism trainer at the International Center for Journalists. He taught journalism ethics, radio reporting, multimedia storytelling and religion reporting at DePaul University in Chicago and at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
DeRose graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, with majors in religion and English. He holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and studied at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
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