Peter O'DowdNews Director
News Director Peter O'Dowd leads a newsroom that includes reporters in seven Southwestern bureaus. His work has aired on The BBC, NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and American Public Media's Marketplace. He's covered technology, the housing bubble and the constant flap over immigration policy that keeps Arizona in the national spotlight. Peter began his radio career at Wyoming Public Radio. He has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and he's taught English in Tokyo, Japan.
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