Mary Ellen Pitney is our All Things Considered host. Her love of public radio started at a very young age, growing up a Backseat Baby—a child who grows up on NPR because their parents listen in the car. Wherever she found herself, NPR and its inspirational and educational programs were right there.
Mary Ellen first joined NWPB as a music library assistant when she was a student and found a place to grow into a multi-talented audio producer. After graduating from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University with a BA in Science Communication, she left to host Morning Edition in the Midwest. She returns to NWPB to host All Things Considered weekdays and take part in all kinds of projects like reporting, podcasting, and writing.
Outside the studio she finds different ways to disconnect. A visual artist, gardener, roller skater, runner, forager, tabletop game player, she loves activities that take skill and creativity. You can find her at the weekly farmers market or at the local trivia night.
She has a 10 lbs ankle-biter named Lewi