Gary Covino

Gary Covino has been a public radio producer, reporter, editor, and program creator for more than 40 years. He has concentrated on the production of long in-depth stories and documentaries, often focusing on contentious political and social issues, international news, and profiles of unusual and controversial public figures.

During the 1980s, he worked in the News Department at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. Starting out as a producer on All Things Considered , at various times he was also a director, editor, reporter, and show producer. He was also the coordinator of the History Unit, responsible for the production of creative, revisionist features on American history for NPR's news programs.

For several years, he was a producer of special series and projects that often involved investigative journalism in the United States, as well as reporting from hot spots in Central America and Asia. During the 1990s, he lived in Chicago and worked as an independent producer and editor, as well as a live, free-form radio personality. He now lives in Massachusetts, working on a select list of radio projects.

Throughout his career, Covino has been regarded as a creative force in public radio. He helped many reporters and independent producers get their early work onto NPR. His own programs have received numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody award, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism award, the World Hunger Media award, and the Overseas Press Club award.


The Herrin Massacre

America's history is rich with the stories of antagonistic coal strikes, but the Herrin Massacre of 1922 is a particularly distressing event that resulted in the deaths of nearly two dozen strike-breakers.