I am a freelance radio reporter with a passion for enterprise journalism. My stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, Planet Money and APM’s Marketplace. I previously covered daily news, health care and the economy for WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate station. My print work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Domino, Philadelphia, and City Limits magazines. I was a columnist for the Philadelphia Weekly for three years.
I graduated with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and received a BA in Russian from Reed College. I have previously developed arts and humanities in medicine programs; coordinated scholarly initiatives at Harvard University; and traveled throughout Russia interviewing and recruiting high school students for a US State Department funded exchange program.
Contact me at mara DOT zepeda AT gmail DOT com or 617-459-5617. You can also find me on PRX , the Association of Independents in Radio, infrequently Twitter, LinkedIn and the Reed Switchboard, a project I co-founded.