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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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Metro Connection Segments New Sweat Disorder Center Aims to Cool People's Heels, Hands and Underarms ...
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Metro Connection Segments New Sweat Disorder Center Aims to Cool People's Heels, Hands and Underarms ...
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Metro Connection Segments Captain Rachel Dean: High School Teacher by Weekday, Waterman by Weekend Local Crab-Picking Industry Struggles to S...
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Metro Connection Segments Rich Massabny: Shooting From The Hip From Arlington For More Than 30 Years ...
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Metro Connection Segments Rich Massabny: Shooting From The Hip From Arlington For More Than 30 Years ...
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Charm is a magical retelling of Margaret Fuller's adventures with the Transcendentalists. (Courtesy of Ryan Nelson/Ta...
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Eighty-two years ago, William Shakespeare received a rather distinctive birthday present: A library devoted to him and his works, in the heart of the nation’s capital. The Folger Shakespeare Library was dedicated on April 23, 1932. It was founded by Henry and Emily Folger: a couple deeply dedicated to each other, and to The Bard. ...
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Saved from the wrecking ball, the city’s oldest synagogue traveled three blocks down G Street to its current loca...
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Sue and Phil Gosier met and fell in love while working at the Flower Theater in 1989. Rebecca Sheir/WAMU) ...
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Silver Spring Historical Society president Jerry McCoy at Acorn Park: the site thought to be where Preston Blair discovered t...
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Nine out of 10 public-school parents say an important factor in their vote for mayor this year is education, according to a recent poll by The Washington Post. And a key source of angst for many of these parents is getting their kids in to top-performing schools. The D.C. Public Schools use certain boundaries and feeder patterns to determine where to send students. But as De...
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High on people’s minds this week is St. Patrick’s Day: chock full of green apparel, shamrocks, and that legendary “luck of the Irish." But a certain famed artifact at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History isn't so much associated with good luck… as bad. If you look through newspapers from the 1940s, you'll find a number of bad-luck stories associated wit...
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The Washington area has been experiencing quite the beer — and beer-brewing — renaissance since 2011. Bill Stewart of Bardo Brewpub in Northeast D.C. has referred to this resurgence as "Beer 2.0.” Because as local historian Garrett Peck will tell you: D.C. already experienced Beer 1.0 a pretty long time ago. “It's interesting to see in D.C., everybody in recent memor...
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Ask your average Washingtonian to name the oldest monuments in Washington, and chances are he or she will come up short. That's because the Boundary Stones — i.e., the 40 stone markers placed in 1791 to mark off the federal territory that later became D.C. — have pretty much been forgotten. In the early 1900s, the Daughters of the American Revolution fenced off each stone for pro...
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For 200 years, tons of ancient red sandstone from Montgomery County, Md., were transformed in to some of D.C.'s most recognizable buildings - including the stately Smithsonian Castle. The Seneca Quarry closed in 1900, and now that it's covered in impenetrable brambles and brush, most walkers, joggers and cyclists who pass by on the C&O Canal towpath have no idea the historic site ...
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With the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival just around the corner, Rebecca Sheir heads to the National Arboretum to check out one of the most diverse collections of cherry trees in the United States.  We'll also get a sneak preview of one of the special offerings of the festival:  A self-guided Arboretum tour all about flowering cherry species....
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Ruth Balinsky Friedman is Maharat at Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C. Since Fall 2013, Ruth Balinsky Friedman has been juggling a multitude of tasks. Sixteen tasks, to ...
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D.C. government statistics show that roughly 10% of residents — approximately 60,000 people — have a criminal history. And each year, of the 8,000 people returning to the city after serving prison sentences, half of them go back to jail again within three years. You may have heard lately about proposed legislation here in Washington to “ban the box” — i.e., to preven...