News Staff Bios
Annie Gilbertson made the move to Mississippi Public Broadcasting from Chicago, Illinios. While in the Windy City, Annie interned at Chicago Public Radio (no, she never met Ira Glass) where she focused on integrating user-generated content into the broadcast as well as producing stories with the non-traditional public radio listener in mind. With CPR, she taught many radio making workshops and spent last summer as a radio instructor for a large community center. Annie also led production of Northwestern University Alumni Association’s official podcast and worked part-time at scene shop in the city, where she just helped finish a drop for the Joffrey Ballet. She's excited to return to the South, having "cut her reporting teeth" in Auburn, AL.BACK TO TOP
Sandra Knispel grew up in Germany and has lived in England, Wales, France and the U.S. She graduated with a B.A. in Politics and Russian Studies from the University of Wales, Swansea, and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. Prior to moving to Mississippi with her husband in 2001, she was a national television anchor in London for Bloomberg TV Germany, covering financial markets, economics and European Union summit meetings across the EU. Knispel has worked across all media platforms, including several regional German newspapers, a national German-American newspaper in New York, and was the managing editor for the weekly Oxford Enterprise. She was the multimedia editor for Bloomberg Financial Markets in Princeton, New Jersey, and later Bloomberg's European multimedia editor in London. A mother of twins, she has been freelancing for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and NPR since 2002. She continues to write for national magazines Conceive and Babytalk. Her broadcast work has garnered regional and national Edward R. Murrow and numerous AP Mississippi awards. Her magazine stories have won several prizes, including one for excellence in writing from the Florida Magazine Association, and a prestigious team national Folio award. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, theater, NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and most of all, time with her kids.BACK TO TOP
Rhonda Miller believes quality journalism, especially public radio, is important for a healthy democracy. Miller started as MPB's Gulf Coast Reporter in March 2011. Previously, she was an education reporter at Rhode Island Public Radio, and a freelance radio reporter producing stories for Voice of America, WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield, Connecticut, AARP Radio, NPR and Public Radio Exchange. Miller's newspaper experience includes education and local government beats at the South-Florida Sun-Sentinel and Pittsburgh Post Gazette. She has a degree in journalism from Boston University and has been working toward a master's degree in media studies at Rhode Island College. Her travels will take her to visit her three grown daughters, extended family and friends across the country. She enjoys kayaking and music, especially folk and jazz.BACK TO TOP
Jeffrey is an Ohio native with years of reporting experience all over the country. Reporting stays in Ohio, Texas, and Florida have all preceded his hiring as capitol reporter Mississippi Public Broadcasting in 2010. Jeffrey cut his teeth in commercial radio before reaching his goal of finding reporting work in public radio. He has a passion and intense interest in providing smart, detailed, and informative news to the Mississippi radio audience. When he is not sniffing out new leads, Jeffrey is known to play video and board games with friends. Jeffrey graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in communications.BACK TO TOP
Daniel Cherry grew up in a little place called Wicksburg, AL, which is just outside of Dothan. He graduated from the University of Alabama. Cherry worked as a TV News reporter for WVUA-TV In Tuscaloosa before moving on to Alabama Public Radio, where he worked for two years. Cherry joined the MPB team in 2011 and is a general assignment reporter covering everything from politics to education to health care to natural disasters. Cherry enjoys having the opportunity to go where the news takes him and getting to meet everyday people from all around Mississippi. Cherry says his first love in life is fishing, but he is also a big fan of music, especially Classic Rock and Delta Blues.BACK TO TOP
Since 2006, Childrey has reported and produced a variety of news stories on topics ranging from politics to health care to education. He has also hosted local segments of NPR’s All Things Considered, worked as a professional voice over artist and served as college forensic speech coach. In his current role as reporter/producer, Childrey has received several outstanding honors including a National Edward R. Murrow Award, two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and several Mississippi Associated Press Awards. Childrey is an avid music lover and enjoys attending live music performances in his spare time.
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