Yowei Shaw is a proud auntie, daughter of Taiwanese-American immigrants, and member of multiple girl gangs.
She is also the co-host and editorial lead of 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 in dating 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.
Yowei got her start in audio by teaching youth radio (when she could barely put a story together herself.) Before joining Invisibilia, she was a 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.
Her work has been honored with a United States Artists fellowship, Leeway Transformation Award, National Edward R. Murrow Award and 2011 AIR New Voices Scholarship. She 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.)
Her first name is pronounced [YO-way]. Like NO way, with a Y.
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