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She's been a news reporter, editor and producer. But ask Anne Strainchamps finds the interview format especially interesting. "I learned to love the interview format by producing Diane Rehm's daily talk show," says Strainchamps, a 1982 Bryn Mawr grad whose first producing job was with NPR affiliate WAMU, in Washington D.C.
In 1985, Strainchamps joined Wisconsin Public Radio, producing interviews for the network's news magazines. She later added reporting duties and was named assistant director of current affairs before helping launch To the Best of Our Knowledge in 1990. She joined the show's team of interviewers in 1997.
As an interviewer, her own interests are eclectic. She talks with experts in fields from spirituality to science. "The scientists we talk with are so good at conveying their sense of wonder about the world," Strainchamps says. “Their passion for ideas captures some of what, for me, is so compelling and powerful about interviews on the radio: They can change your mind, your thinking, your perception of the world."
A New York native, Strainchamps makes her home in Madison WI, where she lives with her husband and two children.
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