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Media NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say  

Amber Hubert
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List Rules Reporters, hosts, or correspondents heard on NPR. Upvote the craziest names.

Do these reporters and NPR contributors have faces for radio? No! But they certainly have names you can't forget! That is, if you can actually pronounce them correctly. Whether these names are tongue twisters, allertation-tastic or just plain mouth fulls, you have to wonder why so many people working for National Public Radio have names that would give Engelbert Humperdinck a run for his money. Pretty soon, Rumpelstiltskin will be reporting the latest goings-on in the middle east.

It's a good thing the news and storytelling shows on NPR are so amazing, because if the names of the reporters were any indication to how much listeners will tune in for their news and other content, I'd be worried! But these journalists' names are unique and therefore pretty great and interesting, just like the stories they share with the world as NPR hosts.

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Lakshmi Singh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Host of Latino USA and midday newscaster for NPR.

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379 56
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
International correspondent for Central Europe and contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  

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381 57
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton Radio journalist and West Africa correspondent for NPR.

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324 48
Yuki Noguchi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
RobertWaller added Yuki Noguchi Correspondent on the Business Desk based out of NPR's headquarters in Washington D.C.

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286 51
Sylvia Poggioli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Senior European correspondent for NPR's international desk.

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225 38
Shankar Vedantum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
WMGr added Shankar Vedantum

Social science correspondent and the host of Hidden Brain

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255 50
Audie Cornish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Co-host of All Things Considered for NPR.

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270 60
Kai Ryssdal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Kai Ryssdal Journalist and host of Marketplace. 

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114 13
Mandalit del Barco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
masterflan added Mandalit del Barco

Art and culture correspondent.

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182 38
David Folkenflik is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
David Folkenflik Arts desk and media correspondent.

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119 17
Neda Ulaby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
David Phillips added Neda Ulaby

Arts, cultural trends and digital media correspondent.

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162 34
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
NPR South America correspondent.

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92 10
Doualy Xaykaothao is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Ed Cobb added Doualy Xaykaothao

National newscaster, former senior reporter at NPR's Member station in Dallas

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155 40
Dina Temple-Raston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Dina Temple-Raston Reporter on NPR's national security team. 

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143 39
Nina Totenberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
WMGr added

American legal affairs correspondent.

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173 56
Renée Montagne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Journalist and co-host of NPR's Morning Edition. 

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161 60
Steve Inskeep is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Co-host of NPR's Morning Edition. 

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57 7
Sonari Glinton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
flarvik added Sonari Glinton

Former NPR business correspondent.

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103 32
Corey Flintoff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
WMGr added

International correspondent, based in Moscow.

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97 30
Nell Greenfieldboyce is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Science desk correspondent.

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107 39
Carl Kassell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Carl Kassell Radio broadcaster for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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106 43
Eleanor Beardsley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Eleanor Beardsley NPR Paris correspondent.

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70 18
Sprince Arbogast is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
David Phillips added Sprince Arbogast

Traffic reporter.

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130 63
Ira Glass is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Host and producer of This American Life. 

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81 29
David Bianculli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Amy Boal added David Bianculli TV critic, Fresh Air guest host.

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114 53
Terry Gross is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air. 

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84 35
Ira Flatow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
WMGr added

Host of Science Friday.

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37 7
Pooneh Ghoddoosi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
1518203202716 added Pooneh Ghoddoosi

Host of BBC Topline and partner and re-broadcasting coordinator.

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65 32
Linda Wertheimer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
WMGr added

Senior national correspondent.

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59 28
Andrei Codrescu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
All Things Considered commentator.

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90 55
Robert Siegel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Senior host of NPR's All Things Considered. 

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39 13
Kajon Cermak is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
alexlweber added Kajon Cermak

Board Operator & Traffic Queen, All Things Considered, KCRW

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37 15
Bellamy Pailthorp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
David Phillips added Bellamy Pailthorp

Environment correspondent, KNKX.

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60 38
Karen Grigsby Bates is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Karen Grigsby Bates Correspondent and contributor to NPR's All Things Considered. 

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44 25
Arun Rath is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
WMGr added Arun Rath

Shared correspondent with WGBH.

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51 36
Milo Miles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Milo Miles Critic of world-music and American-roots music for Fresh Air. 

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23 11
Hettie Lynn Hurtes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
alexlweber added Hettie Lynn Hurtes

Midday News Anchor, KPCC

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51 40
Chery Glaser is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Chery Glaser Southern California's morning anchor for KCRW.

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6 0
Korva Coleman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Korva Coleman

Newscaster, occasional substitute host for Weekend All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

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25 16
Sanden Totten is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
alexlweber added Sanden Totten Science Reporter, KPCC

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57 49
Melissa Block is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Correspondent and co-host of NPR's All Things Considered.

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8 1
Snigdha Prakash is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Peter Equality McDowell added Snigdha Prakash

Former NPR reporter.

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5 0
Claudio Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Andy Haon added

Education correspondent.

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37 34
Erica Aguilar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Erica Aguilar Reporter for NPR covering crime and public safety. 

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33 30
Bianca Vazquez Toness is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
LarrySalas added Bianca Vazquez Toness Former reporter, WBUR, Boston NPR member station.

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1 1
Anastasia Tsioulcas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Anastasia Tsioulcas

Reporter for NPR Music.

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1 1
Annalisa Quinn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Annalisa Quinn

Arts Desk contributor and book critic.

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8 9
Sarah Whites-Koditschek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
David Phillips added Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Little Rock-based reporter for Arkansas Public Media.

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0 1
Bob Boilen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Bob Boilen

Host of All Songs Considered.

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37 45
Louisa Lim is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
Louisa Lim Journalist and Beijing correspondent for NPR.