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Naina Rao

News Director

Naina Rao serves as Isla Public Media's first News Director. She's extensively produced for National Public Radio's Morning EditionCulture Desk, and 1A

Naina has hosted Morning Edition locally for Wyoming's NPR member station and reported on issues related to health, environment, arts, and culture for several media outlets including Reckon, AfroLA, Great Lakes Echo, Buffalo News, The Detroit News, and Feet in 2 Worlds, to name a few. Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, Naina is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and Melayu. She's working on her Hindi, enjoys watching Bollywood, and loves to stay active.

She's a Transom alum and a former Asian American Journalists Association's VOICES mentor.