NPR Killed an Experienced Radio Journalist’s Story Due to Her Brazilian Accent

Posted on November 8, 2018 12:27 pm

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National Public Radio killed a story on a culturally significant Brazilian art piece because of concerns over the journalist’s foreign accent, as she moved to the U.S. from Brazil two decades ago.

The journalist in question, Gisele Regatao, detailed her experience with NPR in a piece for the Columbia Journal Review, in-which she explained that NPR Art Desk editor Tom Cole had “reservations” about her voice.

“I worry that show producers might not like your accent,” Cole said in an email to Regatao as the two were working through the pitching process.

This took her by surprise, since she has spent many years