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A Word from The Daily | July 25, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

We’ve officially entered summer and hope that you’ve been enjoying the fresh, sunny weather.

With this welcomed change in the season, we’d like to give you an update on what “The Daily” team has been up to these past months.

“The Daily” Welcomes New Team Members

“The Daily” team welcomes our newest producer, Olivia Natt, to the team. While she’s new to the show, she joins us after previously working as a founding producer on “First Person,” a NYT Opinion podcast that wrapped in May. Her work there was skillful and attentive, and she will undoubtedly bring her ability to humanize complex ideas to “The Daily.” Before joining The New York Times, Olivia was a producer at New York Magazine and Audible. She also worked on “The Cut on Tuesdays,” Esther Perel’s “Where Should We Begin,” and her work has been featured on NPR’s “Embedded.”

Alyssa Jane Moxley is also joining the team as an Audio Engineer. Alyssa, based in France, will be giving audio support to not only our team, but other NYT Podcasts, including “Hard Fork.” On top of her engineering background, Alyssa is also well experienced in sound arts and will be an invaluable addition to the behind-the-scenes of the show.

Trump Indictments

“The Daily” has devoted several episodes to closely following and breaking down the complexities of the Trump indictments. From hush money to the handling of classified documents, this historical sequence of events has gripped the attention of our nation. To analyze and answer the open questions that follow, “The Daily” team has interviewed NYT journalists close to the stories.

In a recent episode, Mr. Trump’s arraignment in Miami was tackled from three different locations with three separate reporters. Luke Broadwater, congressional correspondent, illuminated the raillies outside the courthouse with his interviews of different Trump supporters. Glenn Thrush, who covers the Department of Justice, gave a report from the events inside the courthouse and broke down the legal proceedings. Maggie Haberman, political correspondent, reported to us from underneath a table at Mr. Trump’s home in New Jersey, where she waited with other journalists to hear directly from him on the indictments.

A.I – Interviewing Geoffry Hinton

In the past several months, the advancement of A.I has seemingly occurred overnight. With the rising popularity of websites like ChatGPT comes questions about the technology’s origins and anxieties over its potential capabilities.

In a special episode of “The Daily,” we spoke to Cade Metz, an NYT technology correspondent, about his recent interview with the man who made this advancement possible. Geoffrey Hinton, often referred to as “the Godfather of A.I,” explained the inception of this technology and spelled out his serious concerns over its future.

Hinton’s life-long pursuit of figuring out how the human brain works landed him into the field of artificial intelligence. What started as image recognition of cats eventually became some of the most revolutionary computer technology the world has ever seen, and we hear directly from Hinton on his fears of what A.I can become if unregulated. Until next time,

-The Daily Team

A Word from The Daily | April 25, 2023

Dear Colleagues,  

We hope that you’ve had a wonderful start to your spring and have been able to enjoy the glimpses into warm weather ahead!  

As we’re appreciating this transition, we’d like to give you a rundown of what we’ve been up to these past few weeks.  

“The Daily” Welcomes New Team Members  

Our team continues to expand and we’re lucky to welcome five new, talented members to our team this year. 

Lexie Diao has joined as senior editor, coming to The Times from The Washington Post. Diao was one of the founding producers of “Post Reports,” and led the coordination for coverage around the world. From Kabul to Kyiv, Diao has noteworthy experience in the world of audio journalism and international reporting.  

Mary Wilson joins the team as a producer, previously working at Slate Magazine. During her time there, she successfully launched “What Next with Mary Harris,” and produced “The Gist with Mike Pesca.” Her portfolio includes work as a public radio reporter in Pennsylvania and she is a proud alumna of WFUV in the Bronx.  

Next, Alex Stern joins us as a producer, having previously worked on CNN Audio. Stern produced the first season of “Tug of War,” a podcast dedicated to power struggles across the globe. Her career originated at NPR member station WHYY, where she helped make the award-winning daily news podcast, “The Why.” 

Shannon Lin joined the team as a producer. Lin formerly worked for the Los Angeles Times, where she helped to launch the flagship news podcast, “The Time: Essential news from the LA Times,” along with a range of other podcast series. Prior to that, she worked as a breaking news reporter and producer for KQED in San Francisco.   

Most recently, Devon Taylor was welcomed to the team as a senior editor. Devon previously worked as a supervising editor at Gimlet, where she went on to develop, edit and lead shows like Every Little Thing, Crime Show, Without Fail and Stolen, which won a DuPont award and was named one of the best podcasts of 2022. Before joining the world of audio, Devon was a writer and editor for multiple publications, including The Guardian and The Atlantic. 

We’re delighted to have these phenomenal additions to our team.  

A Year of Covering Ukraine  

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “The Daily” has focused much of its reporting on the war and its harrowing consequences. On February 24th, “The Daily” dedicated the episode to the one-year anniversary and the stories of Ukrainians whose lives are forever changed. 

The episode begins with the voice of Ihor Lutsenko, a reconnaissance specialist in the Ukrainian Army who is currently on a base close to the front lines. After experiencing many losses, he explains that he now makes a conscious effort to not befriend his fellow soldiers as a protective measure from grief.  

Host Sabrina Tavernise has recorded conversations with several others affected by the violence. She spoke with Maxim Usoltsev, a lawyer who joined the Ukrainian Army in April of last year. During their conversation, he recalled believing that the war would be over as quickly as it started. After experiencing seemingly unending combat, he is now doubtful it will be over anytime soon.  

We also heard from Ira Tsybukh, a paramedic on the front lines. Ira, only 24 years old, has lost 16 of her friends and mourns the loss of her youth and a simpler life before the war. Lastly, we heard an account from Olga Birzul, who moved to Vienna with her 9 year old daughter to escape the conflict. She shares the story of meeting her husband when they were 23, and their strong bond over cinema. Before the war, Olga worked as a film curator and Vitya worked as a film editor. He died from a missile attack two days before their 17th anniversary on January 1st. After this extraordinary loss, she said that she will never be able to celebrate the new year again.  

Breaking Down the Banking Crisis  

“The Daily” has continued its legacy of breaking down complex news through narratives, and its coverage of the Silicon Valley banking crisis is no exception.  

Since the news broke on March 10th, “The Daily” has dedicated three episodes to the details and nuances of the crisis. In the first episode, we heard from NYT Correspondent Emily Flitter, a banking reporter during the 2008 financial crisis. Flitter examines the origin of the bank and what went wrong during the first 72 hours of the collapse. In another episode, Flitter joined Barbaro again to look at the spreading fallout and the government’s response to subsequent failures. In the most recent episode, NYT Correspondent David Enrich examined the role that Barney Frank’s legislation from his time in congress played in the origin of the crisis.  

Until next time,  

“The Daily” Team 

A Word from The Daily | January 31, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve enjoyed the winter holidays with your friends and family.

As we’re jumping into 2023, we’d like to give you a rundown of what we’ve been up to these past few weeks.

Our Special Holiday Episode: Talking Turkey

Recognizing one of the most daunting Thanksgiving tasks, cooking a turkey, The Daily released a special episode dedicated to the notoriously difficult bird. Kim Serverson, a food correspondent for The New York Times, takes us through some historical tips, tricks, and gimmicks that have attempted to make the annual exercise easier. The episode ends with Food Columnist J. Kenji López-Alt’s “foolproof” secret for cooking a turkey, which involves a dry-brine and mayo-rub.

A Tribute to Child Victims of Gun Violence

In recent years, gun violence has become the leading cause of death for American children. The New York Times Magazine devoted its end-of-year issue, which traditionally focuses on those who have died in the past year, to these victims.

With this harrowing reporting, The Daily released an episode honoring three lives that were taken far too soon: Shiway Barry, Elijah Gomez, and Lavonte’e Williams. Their stories are told not through their deaths, but through the lives that they lived.

The New York Times Magazine writers and contributors read their essays and shared snippets of interviews with loved ones and family. The essay on Shiway Barry was read by Susan Dominus and features the voice of Cheese, Shiway’s best friend. The essay on Elijah Gomez was read by Dwayne Betts and features the voices of Elijah’s Aunt, Crystal Cathcart, and mother, Jennifer Cathcart. Lastly, the essay on LaVonte’e Williams was read by Linda Villarosa and features the voices of LaVonte’e ‘s mother, Miracle Jones, and grandparents Michael and Tanika Jone.

Each of these stories offer a glimpse into the passions, interests, and personalities of the children. From an environmental cleanup dedication to a friendship forged inside a video game, this episode holds intimate memories of the three victims and reminds listeners how grave the issue of gun violence is to our nation.

Until next time,

-The Daily Team

A Word from “The Daily” | October 20, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

As summer comes to a final close and fall kicks into high gear, we’d like to give you a rundown of what we’ve been up to these past few weeks.

THR Honors for Michael and Sabrina

The Hollywood Reporter debuted their inaugural Podcast Power List, which features the creators of the medium’s most influential shows and the executives behind the latest megadeals.

The Daily’s very own Michael Barbaro and Sabrina Tavernise made the list. When asked about the medium of podcasts, Sabrina said it brings “…people into the upside-down nature of a place in war. It captures the fear, and sometimes funniness, the strange, unbelievable situations middle class people find themselves suddenly in, and brings the listener right there to hear them trying to adjust to that new reality — it’s like time travel. And podcasting is perfect for hearing the voices puzzling through this.”

Covering Hurricane Ian

As the tragedy of Hurricane Ian continues, The Daily covered one of the deadliest storms to hit Florida, and its extensive damage to the state.

Guests who shared their experience in covering the human experiences in this natural disaster include Particia Mazzei, the Miami bureau chief for The New York Times; Richard Fausset, a Times correspondent based in Atlanta; Nicholas Bogel-Burrough, a national news reporter for The Times; and Hilary Swift, a photojournalist who has covered four hurricanes for the Times.

The episode takes us through the expected and unexpected aftermath of the storm, offering a glimpse into the ways that the lives of Florida residents will change for years to come.

Recent Episodes

The Daily continues to cover current events and keep listeners informed through human narratives. Most recently, our stronger episodes include host Sabrina Tavernise’s interview with a Russian soldier fleeing the draft. The story of 24-year-old Kirill offers a remarkably human view into Russian experiences during the war.

Another episode followed an evangelical pastor who was driven out of his church by Trumpism, illuminating ways that right-wing radicalism has pervaded everyday life for pastors across the country.

Welcoming Susan M. Lee

Along with a slate of new and returning fall shows, The Times’s Audio Team continues to grow in numbers.

Joining The Daily team most recently is fact checker and researcher, Susan M. Lee. Her prior experience includes working as a fact checker and researcher for David Grann on two of his best-selling historical nonfiction books, including Killers of the Flower Moon, in addition to freelance fact checking work for Turning Points, a New York Times Licensing Group’s licensed magazine. Most recently, Lee was a digital editor with Marketplace from American Public Media and an assigning editor for a media startup.

Lee is a University of Michigan and Columbia University School of Journalism graduate, and a proud New York City native. We’re delighted to have her as an addition to The Daily family.

You can read more about our new NYT Audio colleagues here.

NYT Audio Introduces The Run-Up and Hard Fork

Along with the latest seasons for returning shows, our Audio team is elated for our new fall programs, including The Run-Up and Hard Fork.

Originally launched in August of 2016, The Run-Up returns again to cover the 2022 midterm elections with new host, New York Times political reporter Astead Herndon, helping listeners make sense of a unique moment in our nation’s democracy. Building on the presentence for narrative news and storytelling set by The Daily, this podcast offers a full picture of American politics, and how we got here, through conversations with newsmakers, colleagues, and voters across the country.

“This is a different type of political podcast — for what is a different type of midterm elections. I’m really excited for listeners to hear the scope of people and political ideas we explore, all handled with the care and nuance people expect from Times audio. I think The Run-Up will be fresh, illuminating and challenging. An explanatory guide to a unique political moment,” said Astead.

Hard Fork is an exciting addition to our slate. Kevin Roose and Casey Newton, hosts and veteran tech journalists, will join listeners each week to discuss the latest in the world of tech and business.

“The tech industry we’ve both covered for more than a decade is transforming into something new and strange, and this show is our way of trying to understand what’s happening and explain it to listeners,” said Kevin and Casey. “It’s a smart, casual conversation that tells you where tech and business are going without overwhelming you — and might even give you some reasons for hope.”

Until next time,

-The Daily Team

A Word from “The Daily” | June 14, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

As we get ready for the warmer, brighter days ahead, we’d like to give you a rundown of what we’ve been up to these past few weeks.

Get To Know Ben Calhoun

In early May, we announced plans that would help us take The Daily to even greater heights and offer even more support to our wildly talented team. Ben Calhoun, an editor at This American Life, joined The Times as executive producer of The Daily on May 31. Ben is the senior manager of The Daily’s team of 50, running editorial operations, building ties with the core newsroom, helping to set long-term priorities and developing systems and structures to support the most ambitious work within a culture of collaboration, equity and transparency.

Ben’s career has prepared him astoundingly well for this role. Since joining This American Life in 2010, he’s reported, produced and edited some of the program’s most memorable and decorated shows and stories. Ben also served as vice president of content and programming at WBEZ in Chicago.

His key partner is Lisa Chow, who has deftly steered The Daily for the past year. As the senior-most editor of The Daily, she’ll continue to help set editorial standards, run coverage and reporting, edit both enterprise and quick-turn stories and work with producers and editors to continually sharpen the work.

“I’m so incredibly excited to join The Daily. I come to the show as a listener, and I have such an enormous appreciation for what the founders and staff of the show have built,” Ben said when we announced his joining the team. “The Daily is such a forceful expression of the journalistic values and spirit of creativity that made me want to be a journalist to begin with. I’m looking forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with everyone at the show, and stepping into this role, to serve those same principles. I’m eager to empower the staff, and the members of the newsroom who contribute to the show, in every way I can.”

You can read more about our exciting audio leadership updates here.

Special Episodes Tackle a Possible Post-Roe America

Since the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion on overturning the constitutional right to abortion in early May, both sides of the fight have been scrambling. In two parts, The Daily examined what’s next for a movement that looks to have achieved a decades-long goal.

In the first part, Sabrina spoke to anti-abortion activists such as Michael Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, about what comes next. And in part two, she talked to people working in abortion clinics about what the potential change could mean for their patients.

Sabrina Tavernise Featured in Vogue Magazine

Sabrina Tavernise and her fearless reporting are featured in a recent Vogue Magazine article highlighting how female correspondents are defining war coverage in Ukraine.

In a particularly memorable episode from early March, Tavernise, speaking fluent Russian, provided an intimate, documentary-style account of a two-day journey along the slow-moving, unpredictable evacuation route from hard-hit Kyiv to western Lviv, including audio of brushing her teeth alongside children at a kindergarten where she spent a night. She captured audio at a train station packed with refugees headed to Poland, where a seven-year-old boy named Tim confided a secret to Tavernise: He’d pulled out two loose teeth since fleeing Kyiv, where his father remained. “He wanted to talk about his Legos,” Tavernise said. “And when I asked him where he was, he said he didn’t know.”

You can read the full interview with Sabrina here.

-The Daily Team

A Word from “The Daily” | March 15, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you all had a fantastic start to the new year. If you’re like us, you’re counting down the days until warmer weather.

As we prepare for the start of spring, we’d like to give you a rundown of what we’ve been up to these past few weeks.

Sabrina Tavernise Joins The Daily as a Host

In early March, we announced that Sabrina Tavernise would become the second host of The Daily, sharing hosting duties with Michael Barbaro. They will take the reins on different episodes each week and allow the show to further its ambitions and reach.

Over the past several weeks, Sabrina has brought listeners of The Daily inside the Ukraine crisis with a steady string of urgent dispatches from the front lines. Drawing on her fluent Russian and her experience covering previous conflicts in Ukraine, as well as her years reporting in Russia, Sabrina has made the upheaval of war feel visceral and real. She has interviewed civilians receiving guns and mothers sheltering in subway tunnels. With tireless dedication, she has helped maintain The Daily as a home for the world’s best audio journalism, a magnet for innovation and essential listening for millions of people.

“I fell in love with audio when I first worked with The Daily and its brilliant creators a few years ago,” Tavernise said. “The emotional power of hearing people’s voices — and the music and the drums — took storytelling to a whole new level. I felt like I was suddenly seeing colors, after a lifetime in black and white. I am so excited at the thought of joining this incredible team.”

We’re thrilled to welcome her to The Daily family full-time.

Covering The Russia-Ukraine War

As we said above, The Daily has devoted several episodes to coverage of the Russia-Ukraine War with rigor, empathy and intrepid reporting. The Daily team has reported from the ground in Kyiv, spoke to Ukrainians about how they are thinking and feeling about this moment, analyzed Russia’s military strategy and explored the efficacy of sanctions.

Recent guests trying to help listeners make sense of the current state of affairs, on the ground in Ukraine and across the world, include Michael Schwirtz, an investigative reporter for The Times; Valerie Hopkins, a Moscow correspondent for The Times, currently in Ukraine; Clifford Krauss, a national energy business correspondent for The Times; Anton Troianovski, the Moscow bureau chief for The Times; and Eric Schmitt, a senior writer covering terrorism and national security for The New York Times.

Celebrating Five Years of The Daily

February 1, 2022 marked the five year anniversary of The Daily. Since 2017, the team has produced nearly 1,300 episodes and told countless stories.

Daily listeners have been with us through impeachments and elections, terror attacks and natural disasters, a riot at the Capitol and a global pandemic. We’d like to share an excerpt from an email that Michael Barbaro sent to The Daily team on the morning of February 1, reflecting on the show’s half-decade history:


Five years ago this morning, we published the very first episode of The Daily.

Listening back, as I did a few days ago, the host sounds gratingly high-pitched, but the episode vibrates with ambition. A new president had his first vacancy on the Supreme Court (sound familiar?), and we asked our inaugural guest, the ever-patient Adam Liptak, to prerecord two entirely different second segments, mini biographies of the two likeliest nominees, because we didn’t know which judge Trump would select.

Neil Gorsuch was his choice, and those who hit play on Feb. 1, 2017, heard something remarkable: the authority, curiosity and humor of The Times brought to life in a totally new and intimate way.

The question was how many people would actually listen? From the start, we confronted a mountain of justifiable skepticism. Did the world really need a five-day-a-week news podcast? Wouldn’t episodes get stale after 24 hours? Wouldn’t Times reporters get tired of coming on?

Fair questions, all. There were ample reasons to think we would fail.

But what nobody could foresee back then was that the right combination of producers and editors, the right blend of audio journalists and storytellers, of composers and wordsmiths, Pro Tools wizards and guest whisperers — not to mention the world’s best newsroom — could make a daily news podcast not just urgent and essential, not just beloved and addictive, but transcendent.


Here’s to the next five years.


We’re honored to bring The Daily to public radio listeners and value the relationships we’ve created with so many more people around the country.

Until next time,
-The Daily Team

A word from “The Daily” | December 14, 2021

Dear Colleagues, 

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with food, friends, family and fun. Along with our leftovers, we also enjoyed this playful take on The Daily’s signature introduction on TikTok (the clip has over 180,000 likes).  

As we gear up for the winter holidays, we’d like to give you a rundown of what we’ve been up to these past few weeks. 

The Daily’s Dedication to Covering Climate Change 

For the past few months, The Daily has produced a series of climate-related episodes. We’ve told personal stories of individuals and families learning to live with extreme weather events and followed the bumpy road toward passing policy that may help to curb the worst effects of our warming planet. 

In early November, The Daily traveled to Glasgow, where the show covered COP26, the United Nations conference. “We’ve been building to this moment with our climate coverage all year,” Clare Toeniskoetter, a senior producer on The Daily, said. “We tried to go inside the conference to ask the question many people outside it have posed, which is: Will this conference make a difference?” 

You can find a short playlist of some of The Daily’s recent episodes that focus on the real-world effects of the discussions at the conference, as well as our coverage of COP26, here.  

Listeners can expect more coverage of climate change in the new year.  

The Music of The Daily  

Along with on-the-ground reporting and in-depth interviews, original music plays an integral role in how The Daily immerses listeners in some of today’s most important stories.  

On November 10, The Daily brought listeners the story of Martín Zamora, the owner of a funeral parlor in Algeciras, Spain, who has taken on an unusual line of work: He is committed to identifying the bodies of migrants who have washed up on shore, and then getting their bodies back to their homes so that they can be buried. 

Producer Rachelle Bonja, along with our audio fellow Chelsea Daniel, created some of the original music for the episode. Here, you can take a closer listen to two of their songs that were featured in the episode.  

Hearing From Sabrina Tavernise

Over the past few weeks, listeners have been hearing from Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times — and one of the guest hosts of The Daily.  

Recent highlights from Sabrina’s hosting duties include an inside look at The Times’s investigation into a deadly, and erroneous, airstrike in Syria that was hidden by the U.S. and deep dive into a Supreme Court case that could transform America’s relationship with guns

What We’re Grateful For: You! 

We’d like to take a moment to thank all of the new stations that we’ve welcomed to The Daily family in recent months. We’re honored to be part of your airwaves every day.  

  • WESA in Pittsburgh, PA  
  • KRCB in Santa Rosa, CA 
  • WLRN in Miami, FL  
  • WITF in Harrisburg, PA
  • KHCC in Wichita, KS
  • KUHF in Houston, TX
  • KCRW in Los Angeles, CA

Until next time, 

-The Daily Team 

Update on hosting – The Daily

Starting this fall and continuing into the new year, The Daily is adding two experienced journalists to the hosting seat. Sabrina Tavernise and Annie Correal (bios below) will join Michael Barbaro as regular guest hosts of the show. Here’s some background from the team at The New York Times: 

Michael’s paternity leave has allowed us to work with a number of guest hosts who have each brought their own expertise, style and experience to the hosting job. Sabrina Tavernise and Annie Correal are gifted journalists who bring real empathy and clarity to their reporting. 

Listeners already know Sabrina, who has been a guest host on many occasions. Sabrina, currently a national correspondent for The Times, has covered some of our most important stories from across the world, including Russia, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey.  She covered the Iraq War for The Times, where in 2005 she was one of the first people to document ethnic cleansing. She has been an outstanding guest host of The Daily and we’re excited for listeners to hear even more from her soon. 

Annie is also one of The Times’s most creative and intrepid reporters. Since joining The Times in 2013, she has covered developments related to immigration, including the separated families crisis and the large migrant caravan that traveled from Central America to the United States border in late 2018. Before coming to The Times, she contributed reporting to This American Life and WNYC. She also helped found the Spanish-language storytelling podcast, Radio Ambulante. Her audio reporting chops and keen sense of storytelling make her supremely fit to step into this role.   

At this point, neither Sabrina nor Annie will be permanent co-hosts of the show. On occasion, listeners may hear other hosts previously heard (like Astead Herndon or Kevin Roose) during vacations or unexpected absences by one of the other hosts.  

What will remain the same? 

Michael Barbaro will still host the majority of shows and continues to have editorial input on the show’s broader coverage and on individual episodes. This guest hosting format will continue into the new year. The foundation and structure of The Daily will also remain the same. 


Michael and Sabrina host this fall through the end of the year; then Annie will join Michael as a guest host for several months starting in January. 

Operational Show Notes: 

  • Rundown: The episode host will be identified in the show rundown. 
  • Billboard, Credits & Episode Tune-In Promos: These show elements will be voiced by that day’s host. 
  • Custom Promos: These continue to be available upon request through our online form. Please indicate your preferred voice in the Special Instructions field. 
  • Generic Promos: We will be working on new generic show promos voiced by Sabrina and Annie to familiarize your audiences.  

We appreciate the feedback shared by stations in our survey earlier this summer. 

Please reach out to your Station Relations Representative with any questions or feedback. 

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Sabrina Tavernise – check out this conversation between Michael and Sabrina 

Sabrina Tavernise is a national correspondent covering demographics and is the lead writer for The Times on the Census, capturing major demographic shifts underway in the United States, including in mortality and fertility, race and ethnicity. 

Sabrina started at The Times in Moscow in 2000 and spent her first 10 years as a foreign correspondent, based in Russia, Iraq and Pakistan, and in Turkey, where she was the Istanbul bureau chief. In Iraq, she covered civilian casualties and documented the lives of ordinary Iraqis from 2003 to 2007, and was one of the first to identify sectarian cleansing in 2005. 

Before joining The Times, Sabrina was a freelance writer in Russia for publications including BusinessWeek. From 1997 to 1999, she worked for Bloomberg News in Moscow. 

Sabrina grew up in a rural town in western Massachusetts, where she picked blueberries for summer work. She went to Westfield High School and graduated from Barnard College in New York City in 1993. She moved to the eastern coast of Russia in 1995, to a town called Magadan, where she helped run a United States Agency for International Development-funded business training center.  She is now based in Washington. 

Annie Correal  

Annie Correal writes about immigrant communities in New York City and its environs. She has been a staff reporter at The New York Times since 2013. 

Since joining the Times, Ms. Correal has contributed breaking news coverage, long-form features and episodes for the “The Daily“ podcast on topics ranging from immigration to criminal justice and the opioid crisis. She has also traveled to Latin America and the American South to report stories of migration and migrant labor. 

In 2020, she was part of the Times team documenting the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on New York City. She reported a series of stories on the crisis in immigrant enclaves, including “The Epicenter,” a 10,000-word chronicle of the first wave of the coronavirus in Queens, a collaboration with Dan Barry and Todd Heisler, a photojournalist. 

Ms. Correal is a native Spanish speaker born in Colombia. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Princeton University. She was previously a public radio producer and reporter for El Diario and is a co-founder of the podcast Radio Ambulante. 

A word from “The Daily”

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you’ve all been enjoying what seems like the fastest summer ever. As we cope with the sudden return of fall, we’d like to give you a rundown of what we’ve been up to these past few weeks.

A New Leader for the Audio Team at The Times

In July, we shared the exciting news that Paula Szuchman, our former head of Opinion Audio, will become The Times’s new director of Audio. As director of Audio, Paula will manage the teams that make our shows to ensure that our journalism remains excellent, even as we scale to do more, and that we live up to our values in fostering an equitable and inclusive culture.

A little bit about Paula and why she’s the perfect person for this role: Paula is a creative and exacting editor who makes every story she works on better. She is a compassionate manager who understands the demands of audio production as well as print — she spent three years as a Page One editor at The Wall Street Journal. She has a proven track record in managing journalists across mediums — she ran production teams for five years at WNYC, working across a range of subjects from personal narratives to news. After eight years at The Wall Street Journal, she ran the newsroom at The Daily Beast and worked as an editor at Newsweek.

We could not be more excited about what this means for the future of The Daily and NYT Audio.

How ‘The Daily’ Covered Afghanistan’s Fall

Some episodes of The Daily come together over weeks. In the case of the episode that aired on Monday, August 16, it took a weekend. Responding to the rapid fall of Afghanistan’s government to the Taliban, the episode featured the visceral reactions of one resident of Kabul as she was witnessing the collapse of the country around her, day by day. (She was referred to only as the initial R., because she feared retaliation by the Taliban.) To shed light on the making of this episode — and the many choices and areas of expertise that combine to shape one show — three staff members talked about their roles: Lynsea Garrison, one of the producers; Larissa Anderson, an editor; and Chris Wood, a sound engineer who works in London.

You can read more about how they made this powerful episode of The Daily here.

Meeting The Guest Host: Sabrina Tavernise

Over the last several weeks, listeners were introduced to Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times — and a fantastic guest host of The Daily.

Recent episodes hosted by Sabrina delved into a breadth of stories, including a conversation with Natalie Kitroeff about Mexico and the problem of America’s lax approach to guns; a chat with Carlotta Gall about the Taliban’s strategy as the United States started to withdraw from Afghanistan; and an in-depth look at the story of Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast of all time, with Juliet Macur.

Sabrina started at The Times in Moscow in 2000 and spent her first 10 years as a foreign correspondent, based in Russia, Iraq and Pakistan, and in Turkey, where she was the Istanbul bureau chief. In Iraq, she covered civilian casualties and documented the lives of ordinary Iraqis from 2003 to 2007 and was one of the first to identify sectarian cleansing in 2005.

Here’s a little bit about Sabrina’s thoughts on hosting from a recent conversation with her and Michael:

Michael: I feel your bio perfectly set you up for this moment when we asked you to help host the show, because you’ve covered such big and rich and varied subjects around the globe. What’s the transition been like from reporter/Daily guest to having hosting responsibilities?

Sabrina: Hard! I love audio. Definitely my favorite medium. But I’m not used to actually creating it. So there’s a learning curve. But I love it.

I still feel like that cartoon T-rex trying. Like I have these really powerful legs from running but I’m being told that the one thing I need to do now is pull-ups and so I’m trying to do pull-ups with these little, undeveloped arms. And no one cares how fast I can run.

Michael: I love that metaphor. Hosting is… weird!

Sabrina: Hard! Yeah. It is weird. but great!

Michael Barbaro may be out for a few weeks this fall — look to APM for further details.

Until next time,
-The Daily Team

p.s. Thank you for taking the survey sent by APM about guest hosting and promotions. We will be taking your feedback into consideration as our team and the program continues to evolve.

A word from “The Daily”

Dear Colleagues,

As life returns to normal, we’re working to bring moments of serendipity to listeners alongside our news reporting. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to.

Special Guest Hosts

Some well-established Times journalists (and recurring guests of The Daily) are filling in for Michael Barbaro, who recently welcomed a baby with his partner. Michael will continue to voice the billboard of the show, even when the guest host leads the conversation with a reporter. Listeners will have the chance to hear new voices from The Times, such as the political correspondent Astead Herndon, the national correspondent Sabrina Tavernise and the technology columnist Kevin Roose.

Special Episodes

Curious listeners are always hungry to hear a good story. As The Daily team has grown, there’s been no shortage of rich, deeply reported journalism to be told through audio.

Over the past few weeks, listeners have been introduced to some of this signature enterprise journalism through the airwaves with special episodes, like Odessa and Day X. We’re excited by the opportunity to showcase not only some of the stellar talent on The Daily team, but voices from across The Times’s global newsroom, like Berlin bureau chief Katrin Bennhold.

We know listeners are eager to learn more about the world through audio storytelling. These episodes have allowed us to introduce more variety and news-adjacent programming into The Daily.


Earlier this year we introduced Odessa, a four-part series about a West Texas high school reopening during the pandemic — and the teachers, students and nurses affected in the process.

On June 10, we celebrated Odessa High School’s commencement with a live event connecting listeners to Odessa students and faculty. The virtual event included a performance by Odessa’s award-winning marching band (which was featured in the second Odessa episode) and a commencement speech from La’Darius Marshall, star from the Netflix docuseries “Cheer.”

As we mentioned in our last note a few months ago, these episodes served as a model for The Daily’s approach to original reporting, which leads us to our most recent reporting project – Day X.

Day X

In Day X, our newest documentary series hosted by Berlin bureau chief Katrin Bennhold, hear all about Neo-Natzi’s and their alleged far-right assassination plot to take down the Federal Republic of Germany. It’s a swirling story of intrigue, faked identity, and the backlash about a changing national identity in Germany.

These episodes ask the question that they believe many nations are faction: “What happens when the threat is coming from within?” Katrin joined WNYC to discuss her reporting and the show.

Listeners Having Fun

If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? TikTok users are paying homage to the show by sharing their best Michael Barbaro impressions, full of dramatic pauses and moody background music. They’re even impersonating Michael to take on viral challenges.

Until next time,
-The Daily Team