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Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.
He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.
The NOLA.com / New Orleans Public Radio Pop Culture Podcast is an engaging, freewheeling conversation on the places, people and events that make New Orleans and South Louisiana unique.
We bring together reporters, critics and community personalities into a casual space, and let them do what they do best: have smart, entertaining, personality-driven discussions in a way that formal newspaper articles or polished radio stories just can’t do. Opinions and anecdotes spark conversation organically — as they would at a dinner party or an afternoon at a coffee shop that you’d like to be invited to.
Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii. He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter. He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006). He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals). He resides in Honolulu.