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Rebecca Sheir

Host, Metro Connection

Sheir joined WAMU in 2009 as a news anchor, host and reporter. She became the host of Metro Connection in August 2010.

Sheir came to the nation's capital by way of Alaska, where she traveled amongst the moose and mountains as the host of AK, the award-winning show on the Alaska Public Radio Network. While in the Last Frontier, she also did reporting for NPR member station KTOO in Juneau.

Sheir's radio stories have won numerous awards – including the Third Coast International Audio Festival Directors' Choice Award – and have aired on public radio venues and programs, including All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The Splendid Table, Latino USA, Only a Game, Here & Now, Interfaith Voices, Voice of America, Chicago Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and Iowa Public Radio. She has taught her original radio essay/commentary course, "Radio Voices," at the University of Iowa and University of Alaska Anchorage.

Sheir received her BA from Columbia University in New York City, where she also worked in Off-Broadway theater production: first with Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc., then with Naked Angels Theatre Company. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa.


Articles Written by Rebecca Sheir

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A new show in downtown D.C. is bringing gay comedians out of the wings and on to the stage. "Gaylarious" is the brainchild of local comics Chris Doucette and Zach Toczynski, who say in stand-up comedy, homosexuals have been on the outside far too long. Rebecca Sheir sat down with the duo at Riot Act Comedy Theater where the show takes place each month, and learned how the "Gaylarious"...
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Each year, tens of thousands of college students flock to the nation's capital for unpaid internships in hopes of gaining some real-life know-how, and getting their foot in the door. Now the D.C. internship experience is getting the theatrical treatment, in Two Guys ... Become Interns, a new musical revue by Mark Walter Braswell, a D.C.-based composer and lyricist. Rebec...
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After the 1968 riots, Northwest D.C.'s 14th Street was dominated by prostitutes, drug dealers and panhandlers. As the century turned, so did the neighborhood: now the stretch between Rhode Island and U is home to posh retailers and high-class eateries, with plenty of development on the way. Yet over the past few months, a number of local businesses have announced they're shutting th...
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Now playing at Ford's Theatre in downtown D.C., the Tony Award-winning musical, Parade, takes place in early 20th-century Atlanta, and tells the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory superintendent accused of murdering a 13-year-old female employee. Frank was sentenced to death, then life imprisonment, and was later murder...
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With his 97th birthday just around the corner, Jim Dandy -- a.k.a. Samuel Myers -- has been saving Silver Spring's attire from stains and spills for decades. The owner of Jim Dandy Cleaners and Formal Wear has been in the dry-cleaning business since he was a boy. Rebecca Sheir visits the shop to learn about Myers' legacy of keeping clothing clean... and keeping his customers feeling ...
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Ay, Carmela is the newest offering from GALA Hispanic Theatre, at the historic Tivoli Theatre in Columbia Heights. GALA's co-founder and executive director Rebecca Read Medrano says they're launching their 36th season with Ay, Carmela because it's a powerful tale of artists caught in the wrong place, at the wrong time,...
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Everyone remembers their first job, whether it was a paper route, a babysitting shift, or a lawn-mowing gig around the neighborhood. For 11-year-old Gabrielle Jordan Williams, her first job came a little sooner than most.   Gabby, as she's called, lives in Upper Marlboro, Md., and is the founder and CEO of J...
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The Smithsonian American Art Museum houses an enormous work of art that looks like a glittering silver and gold throne, surrounded by ornate religious relics. It's actually made of everyday, found objects, from broken light bulbs and drinking glasses to jelly jars and foil. Rebecca Sheir visits "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly" with Kim Bende...
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Lt. Col. Robert Grunewald was in the middle of a routine meeting at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. The two men on either side of him perished, and Grunewald escaped only by crawling on his hands and knees through corridors on fire. Grunewald talks with Rebecca Sheir about his story of disaster, heartbreak and, ultimately, hope. ...
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When Flight 77 hit Wedge One of the Pentagon, the area was five days away from being completely renovated. Walker Lee Evey managed "The Phoenix Project," a year-long endeavor to rebuild the Pentagon after the crash. Rebecca Sheir tours the building with Evey, who credits the project's success to efficiency, teamwork and the commitment of the hardest-working, most passionate people he ...
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It might still look and feel like summer, but the first day of school in D.C. is just around the corner. So we're heading back to school, too - and bringing you an hour of stories and interviews all about reading, writing and 'rithmetic in the D.C. region. Pack your lunch, grab your backpack and let's go![Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "School...
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Washington, D.C. is said to be a city of migrants, a place that attracts people from all over the world but rarely holds onto them for long. We'll challenge that stereotype today, digging deep into the changing character of one D.C. neighborhood. Plus, we'll look at the roots of a twenty-year-old riot and how it impacted the city's Latino residents. And, since our theme is "roots,"...
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D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood struggled for decades to recover from the legacy of the 1968 riots. Now, new residents and businesses are coming to Shaw, lured by its proximity to downtown and new amenities. But in the process, many longtime African-American residents are leaving what is considered by many to be the heart and soul of "Chocolate City." Rebecca Sheir visits Shaw and speaks ...
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As the first African-American football player at the University of Maryland, Darryl Hill helped break the Atlantic Coast Conference's racial barrier. His tale is recounted in a new play, "Moving the Chains: They Darryl Hill Story", by Michael Olmert. Rebecca Sheir sat down with Hill in the Lincoln Theatre's lobby to find out more.[Music: "I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be ...
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The D.C. area has a history of bright ideas, and this week we celebrate thinkers, tinkerers and innovators of all stripes. Rebecca Sheir heads to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., to meet with one local inventor, who’s designed a product to tackle both the problems of today… and tomorrow.[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Tit...
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As we wrap up the first official week of spring, we put away the boots, throw open the doors and come out and play.We'll play a little soccer and meet the fervent fans of D.C. United, check out a new theatrical play about one of D.C.'s most notorious graverobbers, or "Resurrectionists", and find out what happens when too many local students decide to come out and play -- instea...
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With spring just around the corner, we're kicking winter to the curb, dusting off the cobwebs and cleaning up.From a beach-front ban on cigarettes, to the custodians who spruce up our public schools. We'll hear about ongoing efforts to clean up toxic waste in Northwest D.C., and what Metro's new board of directors is doing to clean up the transit agency's act, so to speak. Plus...
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This week, we're leaping in to Luck. From one man's winning streak as the first African-American football player in the Atlantic Coast Conference, to the so-called "curse" of the Smithsonian's Hope Diamond. Plus, the kind of luck that's saving a sinking island off Maryland's coast, and an inside look at the new chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" ...
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After decades of drug abuse, alcohol addiction and prison stints, D.C. native Leroy "Butch" Jefferson found true luck -- and true love. His ex-wife -- a certified drug-addiction counselor -- found him broke and broken, sleeping under a bridge on New York Avenue. She reached out to help, and now the couple is happily re-married. Rebecca Sheir visits the couple in Brookland, as they cel...
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Legend has it a curse was cast on a large, blue diamond after it was stolen from the forehead of an idol in India. Rebecca Sheir visits the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and speaks with curator Jeffrey Post and historian Paul Dickson about the alleged curse, and whether it may have been connected to the ill fortune of the Diamond's last -- and most notorio...