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StephenHansellStephen joined WUSA9 as their morning editor in December 2016 for their morning shows Wake Up Washington and Get Up DC!

He grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia and attended Slippery Rock University. He was vice president of the WSRU-TV station and produced, edited and co-hosted a show called the “SRU Movie Vault”. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication in December 2007.

Stephen began his television career in 2008 with his local station WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pennsylvania as a part-time studio camera operator. Over the next eight and a half years, he was promoted to master control, before becoming a full-time photographer and editor.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys running, hiking, traveling and finding the best golf courses to play on.

SteveHermanSteve Herman is VOA's White House Bureau Chief. The veteran journalist spent more than a quarter of a century in Asia, including years of reporting from Tokyo and subsequently as a VOA correspondent and bureau chief in India, Korea and Thailand. He also served in 2016 as VOA's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, based at the State Department.

His articles, columns and reviews have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Far Eastern Economic Review, Harvard Summer Review, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Japan Quarterly, Japan Times, Popular Communications, Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute), Radio World, Shukan Bunshun, Shukan Gendai, South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Steve appears frequently on such networks and channels as ABC News 24 (Australia), ABC World News Weekend, ABS-CBN News (Philippines), Arirang TV, BBC, Buckmaster Show (KVOI Tucson), CBC Radio, the CBS Evening News, Channels TV (Nigeria), CNN, Euronews, John Batchelor Show (WABC New York), KNPR (Nevada Public Radio), Radio New Zealand and several cable news networks in India.

Steve was elected for five consecutive years to serve as Chairman of The Foreign Press in Japan (FPIJ), after completing a one-year term as President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ). He also served a one-year term as President of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club and a two-year term as a Governor of the Overseas Press Club of America. Steve also serves as the Broadcasting Board of Governors representative on the American Foreign Service Association governing board.

Follow Steve on Twitter at @W7VOA

KathleenKochKathleen Koch is a prize-winning journalist and author who for 18 years was a CNN Washington correspondent covering the White House, Pentagon and Capitol Hill as well as numerous disasters including 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. She currently writes op-eds for CNN.com, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report and other publications. Koch is an international speaker on disaster and resilience and founder and executive director of LeadersLink, the first nonprofit to harness and share elected officials’ disaster lessons learned to help communities better prevent, prepare for and recover from similar crises. She moderates high-level panels at events including the Halifax International Security Forum, the CEO Global Leaders Forum and the International Disaster Conference and Exposition.

Koch’s best-selling book, Rising from Katrina, which traces her Mississippi hometown’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and her experiences covering it, was named Best Non-fiction in the Southeast Region in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. It also received an honorary mention for Book of the Year in the regional category from ForeWord Reviews.

Perhaps Koch’s most memorable work at CNN was her moving reports from the Mississippi Gulf Coast during and in the years following Hurricane Katrina. Her two documentaries on the recovery of Bay St. Louis – Saving My Town and The Town That Fought Back – received a New York Festivals gold medal. She also shared in the 2006 Peabody Award CNN received for its coverage of the hurricane.
Koch’s other awards include three silver and one bronze Telly for a 2010 Astrocast.TV report on the construction of Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert. In 2007, she won a New York Festivals gold medal and a bronze award for investigative reporting from the New York Association of Black Journalists for a CNN report in which she uncovered the apparent murder of a young inmate by guards at a Mississippi jail.

Before joining CNN, Koch was a general assignment reporter covering Washington D.C., for multiple news organizations. She was also a consumer and medical reporter for the Group W Newsfeed Network and a weekend reporter at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. Koch was an anchor and State Department correspondent for America Today, the U.S. Information Agency's two-hour daily international news broadcast to Europe. She began her television career as a reporter and weekend anchor for the ABC affiliate WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Koch was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Dijon and was the 2014 winner of the Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award for Zone 31. She currently serves on the University of Southern Mississippi Mass Communications and Journalism Advisory Board.

AllisonIzzoAllison Izzo is a character-centric writer and designer whose work draws inspiration primarily from story. She has had the opportunity to production design short films, web shows, and children's shows. Her experience includes working with animals, special effects make-up, underwater design, period pieces, and virtual reality.

NuNuJaparidzeNuNu Japaridze is an award-winning journalist currently working at Fox News Washington, D.C. bureau. NuNu produces stories for the top-rated nightly newscast “Special Report with Bret Baier.” NuNu served as a political producer for the network during the 2016 Presidential campaign. She was assigned to cover Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. She traveled across the United States to produce presidential primaries /caucuses, town halls, conventions and debates.

Prior to joining Fox News in 2015, NuNu spent 14 years at CNN, where she most recently served as a cross platform producer for CNN, CNN International, HLN and CNN.com.

NuNu is from the country of Georgia. She moved to the United States at the age of 17 to pursue her career in journalism.

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