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NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say

Updated September 5, 2020 9.9k votes 2.2k voters 89.4k views52 items

List RulesReporters, 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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    Doualy Xaykaothao is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Doualy Xaykaothao

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

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    Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

    Radio journalist and West Africa correspondent for NPR.
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    Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

    International correspondent for Central Europe and contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  
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    Lakshmi Singh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Host of Latino USA and midday newscaster for NPR.
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    Yuki Noguchi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Yuki Noguchi

    Correspondent on the Business Desk based out of NPR's headquarters in Washington D.C.
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    Sylvia Poggioli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Senior European correspondent for NPR's international desk.
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    Shankar Vedantum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Shankar Vedantum

    Social science correspondent and the host of Hidden Brain

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    Mandalit del Barco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Mandalit del Barco

    Art and culture correspondent.

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    Audie Cornish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Co-host of All Things Considered for NPR.
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    Kai Ryssdal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Kai Ryssdal

    Journalist and host of Marketplace. 
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    David Folkenflik is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    David Folkenflik

    Arts desk and media correspondent.
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    Neda Ulaby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Neda Ulaby

    Arts, cultural trends and digital media correspondent.

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    Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    NPR South America correspondent.
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    Pooneh Ghoddoosi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Pooneh Ghoddoosi

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

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    Dina Temple-Raston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Dina Temple-Raston

    Reporter on NPR's national security team. 
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    Nina Totenberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    American legal affairs correspondent.

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    Sprince Arbogast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Sprince Arbogast

    Traffic reporter.

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    Renée Montagne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Journalist and co-host of NPR's Morning Edition. 
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    Steve Inskeep is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Co-host of NPR's Morning Edition. 
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    Nell Greenfieldboyce is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Science desk correspondent.
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    Korva Coleman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Korva Coleman

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

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    Sonari Glinton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Sonari Glinton

    Former NPR business correspondent.

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    Carl Kassell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Carl Kassell

    Radio broadcaster for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
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    Eleanor Beardsley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Eleanor Beardsley

    NPR Paris correspondent.
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    Ailsa Chang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say
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    Ailsa Chang

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