Correspondent ProFile: 'I Live To Hear Other People's Stories.'

Dec 28, 2012
Originally published on December 28, 2012 3:53 pm

My name is... Jason Beaubien
NPR employee since... fulltime since 2002
Public Radio listener since... my hippie childhood in Maine without TV or electricity. A small white plastic transistor radio was my friend.
My job at NPR is... Global Health Correspondent. I cover health issues around the world. We are trying with this job to highlight the biggest challenges to development and progress in some of the poorest places on the planet.

The one word I always stumble over on air is... Nuclear. As an intern at KQED in San Francisco, I slipped up over this once on the air. Now I freeze every time I have to say it.

In my suitcase you'll find... malaria meds, a mosquito net, cipro (don't ask where I got it), running shorts. Running saves my sanity.

I use social media to... spy on people.

The Newscast headline reporting the last (final) year in my life would be... "All Beaubien's frequent flyer miles just went over the rainbow bridge with him."

On Sunday morning, you'll find me... making pancakes for ungrateful little buggers.

I can't live without ... my ungrateful little buggers.

If I could share a coffee with anyone, it would be... Penelope Cruz (Go ahead, call me shallow.)

I always smile when... I hear those corny twists in country songs.

My next gadget will be... a hydraulic bucket for my Kubota tractor.

Tell Me More about... what excites YOU in life. I live to hear other people's stories.

I make it a point to never miss... A match between the Spanish soccer clubs FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Viva Barça!

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