Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: January 20, 2010

A note was sent to radio managers across the country from Vivian Schiller, NPR President, outlining the latest coverage from NPR of the devastation in Haiti.  Here is an excerpt with many links to the amazing storytelling by NPR reporters in Haiti:

NPR staff members in Haiti are doing everything they can to capture, share, and document the voices and stories of the crisis. Among them:

Carrie Kahn on an overwhelmed morgue and family members seeking their loved ones.
Jackie Northam
on a search and rescue team’s efforts to find survivors, and difficulties in accepting when they are unsuccessful.
Jason Beaubien
on a visit to a hospital and growing violence, and a portrait of a survivor.
Video producer David Gilkey’s photography, including his coverage of a water drop. See his photos and hear his report (see link in the left-hand column).

Greg Allen on victims’ bodies scattered across the capital, and a visit to growing mass graves.

John Poole
and Joanne Silberner who are now on the ground after midair drama.

    Morning Edition Senior Producer Tom Bullock has taken steady command on the ground in Haiti, National Desk Producer Amy Walters has been doing great all-around production work, and National Desk Editor Russell Lewis has overseen the supply process from Santo Domingo. Correspondent John Burnett and Producer Marisa Penaloza currently in the Dominican Republic will be on the ground shortly. (They are traveling to Port au Prince Wednesday on a public bus.) Very soon staff will start rotating out and others are poised to go in.

    NPR journalists go towards the disasters, crises, and danger-zones of the world to ask the questions the rest of us cannot, find the facts, and connect us with individuals, communities, and nations in turmoil. It’s hard for most of us to imagine the professional and personal demands our journalists and reporting teams must shoulder to do that. On Thursday, when Jason Beaubien’s voice shook on All Things Considered as he described a young injured girl, his voice told us more than his words possibly could. I offer my deepest and most profound thanks to every one of our staff in Haiti and to all of you across the NPR community who make our coverage possible.

    — Vivian