Jackie Howell

Membership Coordinator

Membership Coordinator Jackie Howell has been with Alabama Public Radio since 2001. This native Alabamian earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from The University of Alabama and worked in the Banking and Finance field right out of college. In fact when there were very few in the southeastern United States, Jackie was the first female stock broker in Tuscaloosa.

Black Monday 1987 meant a change in direction for many careers related to Wall Street and that included Jackie’s. She was soon an Operations Manager at an industrial factory that produced micro-mixing systems. The birth of her children prompted Jackie to take 10 years away from the workforce. Upon her return, she joined Alabama Public Radio and became Membership Coordinator. 

Jackie is the person to contact if there are concerns with your membership in any way. If you have questions about your donation, a premium you have requested, need to change your contact information –contact Jackie she will be glad to help you.


Sep 27, 2012

NPR studio 4A is getting a makeover into election night headquarters!

As one of its Fall thank you gifts, Alabama Public Radio will be offering the magazine Listen:  Life with Classical Music . for a contribution of $5 per month or more.

Listen: Life with Classical Music is North America’s classical music magazine covering people, places and events; recommendations of recordings, books, and film; and all the many ways our lives are touched by classical music. 

Winning NPR Buttons

Sep 18, 2012

NPR asked for help in choosing designs for a new series of election-themed buttons, and the winning designs arrived. Here are the top three vote-getters and the 2012 NPR Election Buttons.

We've got a stash of these and we will be sending them out in our new member packets in our upcoming Fall Fund Drive!

Thank you to everyone who voted! 

First and Main

Aug 30, 2012

As candidates ramp up their campaigns for November's presidential election, swing states may determine the outcome.

Have you ever wondered what an NPR reporter packs in their suitcase?

Here's your chance to look.  Two pictures give us a peek. 

The first picture show us the professional tools of the trade:

Fresh Air's 25th Year

Aug 24, 2012

This year marks Fresh Air's 25th anniversary as a national NPR show.  Of course, there are celebrations.  But Terry Gross - famed for the questions she asks -  has found herself answering more than a few herself lately.

Two recent profiles demonstrate Terry can give as good as she gets from her guests.

Andrew Goldman of New York Times Magazine and Terry have a fun conversation.   They discuss everything from having children to Bill O'Reilly.

NPR is taking a cross-country tour of candies from around the U.S., sampling hometown sweets that deliver a nostalgic sugar rush. 

America loves its candy!  The tops three selling candies in the USA are  Hershey bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and M&M’s.  But Americans also rally around regional favorites. 

Help NPR pick which Election Button to print by voting by August 3rd. 

There are six cool choices to pick from. 

But hurry!  Voting ends tomorrow.

Where am I?

Jul 30, 2012

Maybe you're in your desk chair. You're in your office. You're in Mobile, or Florence, or Tuscaloosa, Montgomery.

You're on planet Earth.  But where are you, really?

The Best of The Best

Jul 25, 2012

The Alabama Public Radio news team traveled to the  National Press Club in Washington, D.C. last week to collect a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society for Professional Journalists. APR News Director Pat Duggins and reporters Maggie Martin, Ryan Vasquez, and Stan Ingold earned the honor for the Best Breaking News Coverage during the April 2011 tornadoes.    It is an honor well deserved!  

APR's New Website

Jul 20, 2012

We at Alabama Public Radio are really proud of our new website.

A lot of people put in quite a bit of work to get it ready, but none more than Eva Lynch.  You probably do not know her name because she isn't on the air. But she is a tireless worker here at APR.  In fact, she pulls double duty and also works "for TV."  Which is the way we put it 'down here' in radio. 

APR News Team

Jul 17, 2012

In Tuscaloosa this morning we awoke to horrible news.  You've probably all heard by now that there was a shooting here that left 17 people injured.  Of course, we were all asking ourselves a lot of questions.  Your APR News team was busy asking those questions of other people.

NPR has long been dedicated to foreign news coverage.  In recent years, when most news organizations were cutting back their foreign news operations, NPR has been dramatically expanding theirs. 

As an example, with permanent bureaus in Islamabad, Istanbul, Kabul, Beirut, Cairo and Jerusalem NPR has produced comprehensive coverage of the continued implications of the Arab Spring. 

NPR's Cities Project

Jul 10, 2012

Urbanization has become a buzzword of the times, as more than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas. In the United States, it's more than 80-percent. There is an increasing awareness of cities as a defining trait of humanity and their importance to our health, economy, environment, and more.

DO YOU LIVE IN A CITY?  Check out this flow chart

This week, cartoonist Stephan Pastis had some fun with NPR in his popular daily strip "Pearls Before Swine." Check out Monday and Tuesday's comics here: 

With July 4th just around the corner, you may be getting your grill ready.  Morning Edition has declared this week "Meat Week" and has already run stories asking 'how much is too much' and researching the 'making of meat-eating America'. 

Today ME examines a nation of meat eaters

The chart at right shows U.S. Consumption of Meat Per Person in Pounds .

It's not often Alabama Public Radio has live musical guests in the studio, but today is a rare treat!  Today you can hear the Clavell Trio as they perform perform movements of the Rudolf Maros Serenata. 

Formed in 2007, the Cavell Trio is a collaboration born out of friendship and desire to share the love of music making with others. Consisting of (left to right) Jenny Mann - bassoon, Osiris Molina - clarinet, and Shelly Megison - oboe with David Duff - APR's Classical Music host.

All three members are active performers, teachers and chamber music coaches.  


Jun 8, 2012

STD doesn't always stand for what you may think.  In this case it means "Sovereign Transmitted Debts."  And in the video here the cure is "ContagionEx."

It's not often you can laugh about the looming threat of a worldwide banking crisis, but this video will probably cause you to do just that. 

Summer Reading Lists

Jun 5, 2012

Beat the heat this summer with a host of reading selections!

Summer Books

Seeking selections to take to the beach, the lake, or to curl up with for an escape at home this summer? NPR Books shares the top picks from booksellers, authors, and critics like Nancy Pearl and Allen Cheuse, with themed lists for readers posted at Critics' Lists: Summer 2012.


Dead Stop

May 31, 2012

Morning Edition heads out on a special summer road trip with "Dead Stop: Famous Final Resting Places of Americans Great and Small." The series takes listeners to strange, funny, historic or otherwise notable gravesites and cemeteries around the U.S., touching on American history, biography, art, religion and land use along the way. "Dead Stop" launches Monday, May 28, and runs occasionally throughout the summer.

The American Dream

May 29, 2012

The American Dream has always meant opportunity -- the idea that anyone can make it here. Woven through our politics, culture and family histories, the simple phrase lifted and sustained Americans for generations, and its promise inspired millions to come to the United States in search of a better life. Yet this collective ideal has always been fraught, as the country struggled to extend opportunities beyond white men to African Americans, women, Latinos, gays and lesbians, those with disabilities, and others.

Classical CD

Apr 17, 2012

Anne Akiko Meyer's latest CD:  Air - The Bach Album is one of the premiums Alabama Public Radio will be offering in our upcoming fund drive - see her talking about it here.


Apr 10, 2012

Alabama Public Radio has been recognized as one of the best in the country with a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award! 

This award is given annually by the national Society of Professional Journalist.  Only ten media outlets earn these awards each year, so earning one is quite an accomplishment.

APR earned ours for the outstanding coverage our news team provided of damage caused by the April 27th tornadoes that ravaged Alabama in 2011.   

Congratulations to APR News Director Pat Duggins, Ryan Vasquez, Maggie Martin and Stan Ingold!  It is an honor well deserved.

Stuffy Public Radio

Apr 2, 2012

As you are aware, we here at public radio do not believe in laughter or jokes.  We take everything very seriously.

With that thought in mind.  Please enjoy the following reports:

NPR Name Song

Super PACS

This week NPR offers extensive coverage of the upcoming Supreme Court arguments challenging President Obama's health care overhaul law. Find brief descriptions of the scheduled arguments here


Mar 20, 2012

Usually, when a news outlet makes a mistake there is a little snippet buried in the corner of a back page of the paper, at the end of the newscast or just before a break.  

But This American Life is devoting an entire show to pointing out the errors in one of its most popular pieces.  "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory" which aired in January of 2012.

Why is TAL doing this?  Because public radio adheres to a higher standard.  A standard that we insist upon ourselves and our listeners demand. 

Spring Break

Mar 18, 2012

As many of you may know, APR is owned by The University of Alabama.  That means we work on UA's calendar.  We don't get a student's schedule, but we do get spring break off. 

Well, most of us anyway.  I've had this week off - but the voices you are used to hearing are still there for you.  While the UA campus has been completely deserted, Maggie Martin, Ryan Vasquez and David Duff have been coming in to the APR studios all week. 

Award Winners

Mar 15, 2012

At the recent Alabama Associated Press Awards banquet, Alabama Public Radio's news department racked up four awards!    Maggie Martin's story "The Battle for Fort Gaines" won for the Best Use of Sound.  Pat Duggins won three awards:  "Tornado Recovery" won for the Best Specialized Reporter, "Kiss that Fish!" won for Best Soft Feature and the 5 part series "Oil and Water" won for Best Public Affiars / Documentary. 

Kudos to Maggie and Pat for a job well done! 

Founding Mothers

Mar 7, 2012

How did NPR become a ground breaker for female journalists?  It may not be why you think.  Nina Totenberg recalls in a Newsweek article that it was a combination of the open hostility toward hiring women from other news organizations and the low pay NPR offered. 

Release your inner author - the next round of All Things Considered's  Three-Minute Fiction contest starts Saturday, March 10th, with a new judge, author Luis Alberto Urrea.  The contest has a simple premise:  Listeners submit original short stories with a  600-word limit that can be read aloud in three minutes or less.

This round's special rule: