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Mikaela Lefrak

Co-host & senior producer, Vermont Edition

Mikaela Lefrak joined VPR in summer 2021 as co-host and senior producer of 'Vermont Edition'. Prior to that, she was a reporter at WAMU, the NPR member station for the greater Washington, D.C. region. She hosted What's With Washington, a podcast exploring the quirks and mysteries of the D.C. region, and 51st, a podcast miniseries about D.C.'s fight for representation. Her reporting has aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. She has won two regional Murrow Awards and a Public Media Journalists Association Award for her work.

Prior to WAMU, Lefrak was an editor at The New Republic, where she produced politics and culture podcasts. She has also produced at PRI’s The World and GBH Boston, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Oakland, California.

Lefrak is a graduate of Middlebury College, and received a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. Outside of work, she loves watching baseball, playing softball, reading, biking and scouting out the closest place to buy french fries.