Yowei Shaw is a senior reporter/producer with NPR's Invisibilia, where she reports, produces, edits, and sound designs stories. Her work on the show has taken listeners into the uncomfortable world of racial preferences and whether you can change them, an unlikely love story in martial law era Taiwan, a Midwestern community sharply divided in how it sees wild black bears, and a hardcore music scene that called out one of its own.
Before joining the show, she was a proud freelancer (a.k.a. audio hustler), whose stories have aired on This American Life, Studio 360, and The World. She's done all kinds of audio gigs - including producing interviews at NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, making features for public audio art tours, and producing podcasts for organizations. She also once dabbled in making really good elevator music in Chinatown, Philadelphia.
Yowei got her start in audio by teaching youth radio (when she was a young person, with no professional radio experience).
She’s been honored with a United States Artists fellowship, Leeway Transformation Award, and National Edward R. Murrow Award. And is ever grateful to her parents for letting her report on their obsession with tango dancing - they were very perplexed when she won a Third Coast Documentary Award for the story.
Tips are welcomed and appreciated. If you have a story you think she should look into, please let her know.