Bryce Huffman | 2016 Intern

Reporter and producer at Michigan Radio

Bryce Huffman is Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter. Huffman has been serving as a reporter for Michigan Radio since Fall 2016. He has covered a variety of Michigan stories, including immigrants facing deportation, the Detroit-area doctor involved in the female genital mutilation case, and residents concerned about a massive sinkhole in Macomb County. A Detroit native, Huffman graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Journalism. He joined Michigan Radio as a newsroom intern in May 2016.

Emmarie Huetterman | 2008 Intern

Washington-based reporter for The New York Times

A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in political science and anthropology, Emmarie served as an intern for Jack Lessenberry’s daily show in 2008, calling it her “first valuable experience in political reporting.”  This experience gave her opportunities to not only generate and research story ideas, but also interview experts who were “all too happy to answer the phone for NPR.”

Of her time at Michigan Radio, Emmarie reports, “I still think about the lessons I learned from the journalists there who were willing to take the time to teach their craft.”

While earning a master’s degree in public affairs journalism at Northwestern University, she was part of a team that won an Online News Association award for an investigative project on the national security implications of climate change.  In 2011, she moved to the New York Times.  Emmarie also spent two months in Germany as a 2015 Arthur F. Burns Fellow, primarily reporting on the growing migrant crisis.

Clare Toeniskoetter | 2013 Intern

Producer at Marketplace’s New York City bureau

A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in sociocultural anthropology and French, Clare began her internship as a part-time student finishing her thesis at U-M and continued after graduation.

Clare proudly reports, “Interning at Michigan Radio launched my career in public radio.  I would not be working in the field now if I did not get the chance to intern in Ann Arbor.  I got hands-on production experience and met a wonderful network of accomplished colleagues and now lifelong friends.”

Today, Clare creates two Marketplace podcasts: Codebreaker, which explores the technology that consume us every day, and Actuality, which focuses on the inner-workings of the new global economy.

This Michigan native has also worked with Radiolab, On the Media, and Slate’s The Gist.

Lucy Perkins | 2013-2014 Intern

Producer at NPR headquarters in Washington DC

A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in English language and literature/communication studies, Lucy interned during her senior year and continued for another year after graduating, working on Stateside’s website and writing copy for the newsroom.

Following her departure from Michigan Radio, she worked as a Joan B. Kroc Fellow at NPR’s Washington headquarters and, in 2015, became a producer for programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and Here and Now.

Lucy says her experience at Michigan Radio made her “fall in love with radio.”

Paige Pfleger | 2013-2015 Intern

Associate producer at WHYY’s health and science show, The Pulse

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Residential College with a degree in communications, creative writing, and literature, Paige explains, “When I started working at Michigan Radio, I was really convinced I wanted to be a newspaper reporter.  I started working on the web team…  I fell in love with the culture at the station, but more than anything, I fell in love with the quality of the journalism.”

In the summer that followed her junior year at Michigan, Paige worked at a Nashville newspaper and realized how much she missed public radio.  When she returned to Ann Arbor for her senior year, she resumed her Michigan Radio internship, and she credits the station’s newsroom staff with helping her learn the radio and multimedia journalism skills that she still uses in her job today.

An internship at NPR headquarters following graduation led to her current position at WHYY in Philadelphia, home of Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  Paige proudly exclaims, “I can easily say I owe my career to Michigan Radio.”

Samara Freemark | 2007 Intern

Senior producer and correspondent with American Public Media’s investigations and documentary unit

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Samara interned with Michigan Radio while working on her master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan.

Of her experience at Michigan Radio, Samara said the station “offered me my first job in public radio – indeed, in any kind of media at all.  I did not study journalism in college, and I had no experience working in the field.  For some reason, the station decided that a completely inexperienced master’s student/waitress was a good choice for an intern, and they gave me my first foot in the door.  Vince Duffy and the other reporters and editors taught me a tremendous amount about radio and about journalism, and I will be – truly – forever grateful to them.”

Samara joined American Public Media’s Investigations and Documentary unit in 2013.  She has covered veterans’ issues for the Public Insight Network and worked as a reporter and producer with Radio Diaries, where she helped ordinary people tell extraordinary stories.  Her work at Radio Diaries received the George Foster Peabody Award.  Samara has also worked as an environmental reporter.

Richie Duchon | 2003-2004 Intern

News editor and producer for NBC News online

While earning his B.A. in English literature at Eastern Michigan University, Richie reports, “I cut my teeth in journalism under the guidance of sharp, thoughtful, compassionate and experienced news editors and producers [at Michigan Radio].”

“I want people to know how enormously lucky I feel to have had the experience,” Richie explains.  “They taught me what makes a good story and how to write and report it out with passion but also balance and integrity.  I’ve worked in some of the nation’s largest newsrooms, including the Los Angeles Times and NBC News, and none compares to the support, camaraderie and friendship I experienced at Michigan Radio.”

Richie believes the investment in the station’s internship program that management and donors are making is helping to build the next generation of trusted reporters, editors, producers, and anchors.


Richie also holds an M.A. from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for communication and journalism.

Kimberly Springer | 2013-2014 Intern

Engagement producer at St. Louis Public Radio

Kimberly Springer describes herself as “overly-degreed” with a master’s of Information Science from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Emory University in women’s and gender studies.”

After teaching at Williams College, Portland State University, and King’s College London for a total of 12 years, she realized that she consistently had side projects in public and community radio.

Kimberly recalls her internship at Michigan Radio as an experience where reporters and editors were very generous with their time and accessible to learn different aspects of public radio.

She has been an associate producer and scriptwriter for the Peabody Award-winning series Will the Circle Be Unbroken, and she produced the WAMC Northeast Public Radio series The Good Fight: Activism at the Turn of the 21st Century, which won an RTNDA Murrow Award for Best Regional Series in 2001.

Kimberly is now applying the digital and archives/preservation skills she learned in her Master’s program at U-M at St. Louis Public Radio.

Bridget Bodnar | 2011 Intern

Producer at Marketplace

Bridget spent her final semester at the U-M at Michigan Radio.  This communications and comparative literature major says, “Michigan Radio gave me my start in public radio and I would not be working for Marketplace now if I hadn’t gotten that internship.”

Bridget’s day-to-day role at Marketplace involves booking, producing, and editing host interviews.  Some recent guests include Judd Apatow, Warren Buffett, Quincy Jones, and Gloria Steinem.  She also produces Marketplace’s CEO interview series and podcast, Corner Office.

Since starting in 2011, Bridget has worked in various capacities on multiple programs in the Marketplace portfolio, including directing the evening broadcast and assistant producing Marketplace Morning Report.  She is particularly proud of producing series such as American Futures, Disappearing Jobs, Screen Wars, The Big Book, and The New Cold War.

Before joining Marketplace, Bridge interned for the Los Angeles bureau chief of KQED.

Emily Fox | 2011-2012 Intern

Morning Edition host at WUOW Seattle

Michigan Radio listeners will recall Emily as a fill-in host for Christina Shockley and Jenn White, but prior to joining our full-time staff, Emily was an intern at Michigan Radio.  Starting in 2011, she rapidly advanced and became a reporter and producer for Stateside.  Emily headed west in April 2016 to become the new Morning Edition host at KUOW in Seattle.

Emily says she fell in love with radio in college where she was a talk show host and news director at Michigan State University’s college radio station.

Of her time at Michigan Radio, Emily says it “taught me so much about storytelling and news value.  I had so many mentors to learn from on staff.  I believe it was my internship that really got me in the door to start my public radio career.  [It] taught me so much more about the industry than what I could learn in a classroom.”

Emily holds an undergraduate degree in music and her master’s in telecommunication from Michigan State University.