Shirley Min, Mark Eichmann and Nichelle Polston make up the First team.
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Shirley joined WHYY and First in January 2011. She came from North Carolina, where she worked at WNCN-TV/NBC17 in Raleigh as an Anchor/Reporter. Moving to Delaware has been somewhat of a homecoming for Shirley, a Radnor, PA native. Shirley got her start in television in Philadelphia, reporting traffic for WTXF-TV/Fox 29 and as a reporter for what’s now the CW affiliate. Shirley graduated from New York University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and East Asian Studies. She and her husband reside in Wilmington and are happy to be living near family again.
Mark has been covering news in Delaware for ten years. After starting as a general assignment reporter for WILM News Radio in 2000, Mark worked his way up to Legislative Correspodent, Managing Editor, and eventually News Director. He joined WHYY in 2008. Over the last ten years, Mark has interviewed national political figures including Howard Dean and Wesley Clark, as well as sports legends like NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, baseball’s iron man Cal Ripken, and Broad Street Bully Bob “the Hound” Kelly. He lives with his wife (and high school sweetheart) Ivy and two sons, Drew and Landon.
Nichelle joined First in February 2012. However, she is no stranger to WHYY. The Philadelphia native participated in many telethons at the station, during her high school years. Nichelle was only seven-years old when she decided to become a reporter and has worked hard to turn her dream into a reality. The Temple University graduate began her career in Salisbury, MD and made her first debut on television at WABG in Greenwood, MS. Since then, Nichelle has worked in many newsrooms from the Mississippi Delta to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Outside of work, Nichelle loves traveling with her husband as well as spending time with family and friends. She also likes meeting new people and encourages anyone with story ideas to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn is a health and science reporter at WHYY. She studied print journalism but caught the broadcast bug as a Kroc Fellow at NPR. Her work has taken her to the bottom of a bat cave and the middle of a jellyfish-infested bay, and her radio pieces have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She has worked as a journalist in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Cape Town, South Africa. Carolyn studied journalism at Northwestern University.
Maiken Scott is WHYY’s Behavioral Health Reporter and covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from new treatments for depression to the impact of foster care on children to the portrayal of mental illness in pop culture. Maiken started working at WHYY in 1997. Her first job with WHYY was as producer for the weekly mental health programVoices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb. She still serves as the executive producer for the show. Some of the most memorable shows Dan and Maiken produced together featured interviews with actor Christopher Reeve, mathematician Dr. John Nash, and Mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn. Maiken has also produced and hosted several award-winning radio documentaries for WHYY; Growing up Big, In The Shadow of 9/11, Healing Healthcare, and Childhood Lost and Found for which she was honored with the prestigious Gracie Allen Award.
Taunya’s stories come from across the Philadelphia region. She also reports on health and energy policy from the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Before joining WHYY, Taunya was interim Bureau Chief for Public Radio Capitol News, the statehouse news service in Harrisburg, Pa. For three years, Taunya worked as a freelance health reporter for Baltimore’s NPR affiliate, WYPR. Her stories gave attention to farmers in rural Maryland, working homeless people in Aberdeen and lay health workers in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Taunya has also worked a newspaper reporter in Northern California and as a science writer in Washington, DC. She earned her graduate degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.