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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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Sometimes a fresh start can actually be a work in progress. And that's definitely the case for 45-year-old D.C. resident Philippa Hughes. "I think when people want to have a fresh start, they think a lightning bolt is going to come down and hit them, and everything is going to be great, or changed, or somehow different," she says. "And in fact [my] change happened over a perio...
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Baker, entrepreneur and James Beard award-winning cook Mark Furstenberg is walking proof that it's never too late for a fresh start. Even though the Baltimore native is 75 years old, he's in the midst of constructing a brand new bakery in Washington's Van Ness neighborhood: Bread Furst. "75-year-old people don't generally start businesses," he says with a laugh. "75-ye...
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Constantine “Connie” Valanos and his wife, Helen, opened The Monocle in the thick of the Kennedy-Nixon ...
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If you're a fan of public radio, chances are your biggest radio-related delight is listening. But for the 800 or so members of the Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club, or MAARC, it's all about fixing, cleaning, restoring, and collecting. Virginia resident Geoff Shearer says his own collection "is small by comparison," relative to his fellow MAARC members. He has about 200 radios....
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While Washington does have the lowest poverty rate of any metropolitan city in the country — about 8.5 percent — it also has the highest rate of people who are considered to be "the poorest of the poor." That is, people who live at least 50% below the federal poverty level. And not only that, but through the years, the way Washington has looked at wealth, and thought ab...
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When it comes to wealth, there isn't just one Washington. Statistics show the region has an extremely high rate of the poorest of the poor, as well as an extremely high rate of the richest of the rich. And many of the latter reside in what have come to be called “Super Zips.” The Washington Post featured ...
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We continue our "Eating in the Embassy" series, as Rebecca Sheir and Eater DC's Missy Frederick sample the cuisine of a nation known for its chilly weather: Iceland....
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A recent study from the University of Maryland suggests the happiest Americans are those who have little or no excess time, and yet seldom feel rushed. According to University of Maryland sociologist John P. Robinson, the happiness level of this busy yet blissful group is 12-25% higher than that of most Americans. Rebecca Sheir speaks with several local happiness researchers to find o...
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Maryland environmental officials are asking residents to snap pictures of high tides along the state's shoreline this week to document the effects of climate change. Maryland is among several states participating this year in what's known as the "King Tides Initiative." "King tide'' is a nonscienti...
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Archaeologist Joanna Wilson Green (Virginia Department of Historic Resources) and Abbot Robert Barnes sign the conserva...
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The legendary “Nuts and Bolts Room” at the old Frager’s has temporar...
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The very first documentary film about D.C.'s Chinatown recently hit the screen. Written, directed and produced by Washington-based filmmaker and Chinese immigrant Yi Chen, Chinatown takes an intimate look at the past, present and future of the gentrifying Northwest D.C. neighborhood, through the eyes of three Chinese immigrants. Rebecca Sheir visits these individuals with the filmmake...
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Once upon a time, in the late 1800s, it was believed you could find a 'mother lode' of gold... in Maryland. Rebecca Sheir visits several now-defunct mines in Montgomery County, Maryland, to learn how, at one time, the area hosted nearly a dozen mines where prospectors hoped to strike it rich....
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What's it like being a rookie patrol officer responding to 911 calls? Officer Kim Curry has spent the past two years finding out. Rebecca Sheir does an all-night ride-along with the Montgomery County police officer, who says officers are considered rookies until they've been on the street for five years....
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Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town is a tried-and-true theatrical tradition that’s been carried on, on countless stages nationwide, since 1938. 75 years later, playwright Darrah Cloud is putting a new spin on that old tradition, with her world-premiere show, Our Subu...
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Gallaudet University alumnus Darius McCall — a.k.a. Prinz-D — calls himself “The First Deaf Rapper.” Given the seriousness of his hearing impairment, he finds that connecting with people -- from sound engineers to audience members -- can be quite difficult. Rebecca Sheir visits the D.C.-based artist at his Virginia recording studio, to hear about his new album, First Deaf Rapp...
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Alexander Robey Shepherd was a controversial figure in Washington's history. But he also had big dreams for the District -- bringing clean water into Washingtonians' homes, and creating a tree canopy in the city. Rebecca Sheir brings us his story and finds out why his reputation has gotten a bit of a makeover in recent years....
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The District's Hispanic population has tripled over the past three decades. And yet, no member of that community has ever served on the D.C. Council. Rebecca Sheir speaks with Latino activists and advocates about why Latinos have been absent from government leadership in the District, as opposed to in places like Montgomery County and Arlington....
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Andy Warhol once said that "in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." In Montgomery County, Md., one town claims that in the past, it was famous for nearly 15 hours. After the burning of Washington in August 1814, President James Madison fled to Brookeville, where he managed governmental affairs from an upstairs bedroom for one night. Rebecca Sheir visits the town ...