Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NPR Planet Money reporters coming to SLCC’s Grand Theatre

National Public Radio’s Planet Money contributors Stacey Vanek Smith and David Kestenbaum will appear Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre, located at South City Campus in Salt Lake City.

Local NPR affiliate KUER will host a VIP meet and greet, and then KUER news director Terry Gildea will lead an interview followed by a Q&A with Vanek Smith and Kestenbaum at the Grand Theatre. NPR’s Planet Money podcast is widely regarded for explaining the economy in ways that are fun, engaging and easy to understand.

“We are joining KUER in hosting these two accomplished, highly respected reporters for what will be a fascinating and entertaining event,” said Joy Tlou, SLCC public relations director. “Their reporting for NPR is recognized for being among the best in journalism, and we look forward to hearing their thoughts and insights on a number of compelling and timely topics during Terry Gildea’s interview and the Q&A that follows.”

Vanek Smith holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Princeton University and Columbia University. She was raised on a cattle ranch in Idaho and now covers business and economics for Planet Money. Kestenbaum earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Yale University and a doctorate in physics from Harvard University. He teaches a journalism class at Johns Hopkins University in addition to working for NPR covering science, energy issues and the global economy for Planet Money.