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Lisa Mullins

Host, All Things Considered, WBUR

Lisa Mullins is the voice of WBUR’s All Things Considered. She anchors the program, conducts interviews, and reports from the field.

From 1998 through 2012, Mullins was chief anchor of the daily international news program, “The World,” co-produced by the BBC, WGBH and PRI. Her foreign reporting has taken her to Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Cuba, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, South and North Korea and elsewhere.

Between 1996 and 2014, Mullins wrote, produced and narrated programs and documentaries for New England Public Radio (“An Audacious Act: How a High School Drop-out Helped Educate America”) and Human Media (“The Vegetable Chronicles”) and produced podcasts for Harvard Business School (“The Business”). She also hosted a PBS-TV series called “Thinking Big.”

In 2012, the Alliance for Women in Media presented her with a Gracie Award for outstanding individual achievement as anchor of a news magazine. In 2009, Mullins received the Clarion Award from Women in Communications for a story she wrote and produced about her 24-hour stay at a North Korean tourist resort.

Mullins was awarded a fellowship at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University for the academic year 2009-10. Her studies included diplomacy, religion and the arts. She then spent the summer of 2010 at Cambridge University in England as a Templeton Fellow, studying contemporary issues related to religion and science.

Early in her career, Mullins anchored WBUR’s Morning Edition and reported for the station. Even earlier, she was news director at WEIM in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where she covered the police beat at 4:30 a.m., the school committee at 7 p.m. and pretty much everything in between.

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Diagnosing CTE In The Living: Massive Study Of Degenerative Brain Disease To Begin

June 01, 2016

Researchers are recruiting 180 former NFL and college football players hoping their study will help develop ways to diagnose CTE in people while they’re still alive. The only way to diagnose it right now is by studying the brain after death.

Japanese-American Sons Fought And Died In WWII As U.S. Detained Their Family

May 27, 2016
Victor and Johnny Akimoto died serving overseas during World War II. Back in the U.S., their family was among the more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans forced into internment camps. (Courtesy of the Akimoto family)

The Akimoto sons were part of U.S. history few Americans know: the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a military unit made up entirely of the children of Japanese immigrants who volunteered for service during World War II.

Newton Breaks Out Several ‘Artful Pianos’

May 16, 2016
Frankling Marval painting a piano that is now in Newton Center. (Courtesy Alvaro Lucena)

The city has placed old pianos, freshly painted, on prominent parts of Newton’s village centers.

Emergency Mental Health Programs Called Into Question After Taunton Attack

May 12, 2016

Many questions remain about the mental health services Arthur DaRosa received in the day before he went on a deadly stabbing rampage.

A.R.T. Brings Women’s Activist And Artist Eve Ensler’s Memoir To The Stage

May 10, 2016
Eve Ensler talking with A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus in a rehearsal for her show, "In the Body of the World." (Courtesy Ashley Garrett/A.R.T.)

There’s much joy in Eve Ensler’s life. But, as she tells WBUR’s Lisa Mullins, it’s grown out of violence.

New App Will Grade You On Your Driving

April 28, 2016
A Cambridge-based company developed an app to grade drivers. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Once you active EverDrive on your smartphone, it monitors how well you’re driving and once you reach your destination, it will give you a grade. The goal is to make roads safer by making drivers better, said Hari Balakrishnan, co-founder of the Cambridge company that made the app.

As U.S. Population Grows, Federal Highway Head Says To Expect More Highway Traffic

April 27, 2016
The average car commuter in the region spends 64 hours a year stuck in traffic, a recent report found. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

And one of the main solutions to these traffic troubles, says Gregory Nadeau, is high tech.

Former Red Sox President Larry Lucchino To Lead The Jimmy Fund

April 22, 2016
Larry Lucchino speaks to reporters in 2015. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

The fund raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Boston Globe Wins 2 Pulitzer Prizes

April 18, 2016

Farah Stockman won for her commentary on the legacies of busing in Boston. Jessica Rinaldi took home the prize for feature photography.

Mass. Resiliency Director On Helping Marathon Survivors Overcome Trauma

April 15, 2016

The Massachusetts Resiliency Center has been helping address the emotional toll of the marathon bombings on those who were injured.

100 Years Of The Pulitzers: A Conversation With Veteran Journalist Roy Harris

April 15, 2016
Roy Harris Jr. with his book “Pulitzer’s Gold: A Century of Public Service Journalism” in the WBUR studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Roy Harris joined WBUR’s All Things Considered to speak about the history of the Pulitzers and their role in the journalism industry today.

‘Aftermath’: Watertown Photographer Documents Response To Marathon Bombing

April 14, 2016
The makeshift memorial at Copley Square, photographed on May 4, 2013. (Courtesy Joshua Touster)

Joshua Touster has just published a book of his photographs that document a city and region that was wounded and began to recover in remarkable ways.

Coming Full Circle: ‘Sunshine’ Singer Jonathan Edwards Returns To Boston

April 07, 2016
Singer and songwriter Jonathan Edwards at the WBUR studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Edwards talks to WBUR All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins about his music and the extraordinary circle his life has taken.

65 Years After He Went Missing In Korea, Waltham Soldier’s Remains Return Home

April 07, 2016
The remains of Sgt. Robert C. Dakin were found in North Korea several years ago but were just recently buried this past December. Here's his gravesite at Mt. Feake Cemetery in Waltham. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, many Americans just went missing — for decades. Among them was 22-year-old Sgt. Robert Dakin, of Waltham.

Front Of The Stage: Backup Vocals Virtuoso Lisa Fischer Brings Solo Tour To Boston Area

March 31, 2016
Singer Lisa Fischer. (Courtesy Djeneba Aduayom)

The sound of vocalist Lisa Fischer has moved audiences for decades now. She’s the back-up singer top artists tap to complete their sound on stage — from Tina Turner to Sting, from the late Luther Vandross to the Rolling Stones.

Cambridge Rindge And Latin Seniors Turn Tough Life Experiences Into College Essays

March 28, 2016
From left: Cinthia Marques, Ivan Norman, Shucheng Zhou and Andy Robinson (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Abuse. Racial profiling. Adapting to a new culture. We get a sample of four students’ college application essays.

'I Don't Feel Trapped On Earth': Ketamine Lifts Many From Depths Of Major Depression

February 25, 2016
Sarah Kramer, 37, has been profoundly depressed most of her life. But "right now, thanks to ketamine," she says, “I don’t feel despair. I don’t feel hopeless. I don’t feel trapped on earth.” (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Ketamine was never intended to treat depression. But doctors call it the biggest discovery in the treatment of mood disorders in decades.

Helping Powerless Have ‘Presence’: Amy Cuddy Expands On Hit TED Talk In New Book

December 23, 2015
Harvard Business School social psychologist Amy Cuddy is best known for her TED Talk about power poses. Now she's expanding on her ideas in a new book called "Presence." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Cuddy defines presence, the focus of her new book, as “knowing who you are and being able to access that when you most need to.”

Outgoing Gardner Leader Anne Hawley Reflects On Her 26 Years At The Museum

December 22, 2015
Anne Hawley, seen here in a WBUR file photo, is in her final week as the longtime Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum director. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Not since Isabella Stewart Gardner herself has one person so affected the contours of the museum and its culture.

Tools To Prevent Suicide Include Awareness — And Apps

December 02, 2015
Optimism is an app that helps people with mental health problems. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“I think the most effective [tool to prevent suicide] is educating the public that suicide is a public health issue, that it is largely preventable,” said Alan Holmlund, of the Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Program.

Libana: Exploring Music By, For And About Women Around The Globe For 35 Years

November 12, 2015
Tarab Tanger Festival in Tangier, Morocco in 2013. (Alan Mattes)

When the Boston-based music group formed, the term “world music” didn’t exist. Since then, the group of female vocalists and instrumentalists has traveled the world performing.

Father Who Suffered Unthinkable Loss Produces Documentary About Suicide

October 29, 2015
Steve Mongeau (left), the executive director of Samaritans, and Ken Lambert (right). (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Steve Mongeau, executive director of Samaritans, and Ken Lambert, who produced a documentary on the Boston-based group’s suicide outreach work, joined All Things Considered.

Prouty Garden, ‘The Soul’ Of Boston Children’s Hospital, Is Slated For Demolition

September 24, 2015
The Prouty Garden, at Boston Children's Hospital is seen in June. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The elite pediatric hospital says it needs to put a new clinical building on the site of the cherished garden.

Medical Professionals Voice Their Feelings In The Abortion Discussion

August 12, 2015

Since abortion became legal, voices for and against the procedure have been strong, but there’s one group routinely missing from the debate: medical professionals.

Public Arts Festival Hopes To Draw New Visitors To The Boston Harbor Islands

August 06, 2015
This art installation, known as "Cove," is located on Georges Island. Artists Alexander DeMaria and Jamie Horgan placed a windmill atop an old powder house to power a giant music box inside that plays at the changing speed of the wind. (Courtesy Alexander DeMaria and Jamie Horgan)

The Isles Arts Initiative has transformed Spectacle Island and Georges Island into walking art exhibitions, filled with works inspired by the islands themselves.

The Jim Kweskin Jug Band Returns To Cambridge’s Club Passim

July 24, 2015
The Jim Kweskin Jug Band performs at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. From left to right: Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin. (Photo courtesy Jim Kweskin/Joe Alper)

Back in the early 60s, before he had a band, Jim Kweskin was performing at Club 47 — Club Passim’s earlier incarnation on Mt Auburn Street — when he was offered a record contract. He accepted and scrambled to form a band.

Locals Look Back As 3 Indie Music Venues Shutter In Greater Boston

July 24, 2015
Ladies Rock Camp at T.T. the Bear's in 2015. (Ann Antonelli)

The Cambridge-Boston area has long been a hotbed of independent music. As three locally-run venues close, Bostonians look back.

Suicide Rate Among Men Spikes In Bristol County

July 16, 2015

The alarming increase in suicides in Bristol County — most of them among middle-aged men — is leading suicide prevention advocates to team up with the district attorney to get out the word that there is help.

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