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Jennifer White is Michigan Radio's new All Things Considered host. For the past two years, Jenn has served as Executive Producer and host of the television program, "Out of the Blue: The Michigan Difference," on the Big Ten Network. She was also the host of the nationally distributed public radio documentary "Finding Our Bootstraps: Americans Deal With Recession," and has served as Executive Producer and host of the public television programs "Out of the Box" and "Edible Legacies." Recently, she has moderated several political forums, including gubernatorial and mayoral debates for both public radio and television.
A native of Detroit and graduate of the University of Michigan, she has worked at Michigan Public Media since 1999, most recently as the station's Director of Media Outreach and Community Relations. From 2005-2009, she served as Station Manager for Michigan Television, WFUM-TV.
How did you first become involved in public radio?
My first introduction was through "Car Talk" as a teenager. My sister introduced me to the show. After that, I started listening to other programs and was soon hooked
What is your favorite program on Michigan Radio?
I love "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me." It's the news but with a great deal of humor. I actually plan weekend driving around that show so I can be in my car when it's on.
What do you like best about working in public radio?
I feel like there's a real need for the kind of information public radio provides. Being a part of making that information available is one of the best parts of working in the public radio system.
What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
I am a voracious reader. I will read a book in a couple of sittings if left undisturbed.
Anything else you would like people to know about you?
I have been a first time dog owner for almost a year now. Her name is Mishca but she's affectionately known as the Puppy Monster by my family, friends, and co-workers. She really is the sweetest, most playful dog. She's adored by all 15 (yes, 15 with another on the way) of her human cousins. My nieces and nephews used to be so happy to see me when I'd visit them. Now they just want to know where Mischa is if she isn't with me. I never thought I'd play second fiddle to my pup, but she's totally worth it.