Bob Duncan is known around NPR headquarters as the man with a very important connection to NPR reporters overseas. We listen in as he runs interference on a story from Rachel Martin in Baghdad.
How many reporters, producers, editors and engineers does it take to make great radio? The production chain is complicated and time consuming. It is also expensive. NPR reporters are the most self sufficient in the business, especially when compared to TV and other media who travel with extensive staff, camera men, sound men.
It takes people like Bob Duncan to make sure that every reporter is equipped and ready to venture out to bring us the story. Duncan makes sure the reporter has his or her own sat phone, cell phone, laptop, wireless connection, power, and working equipment. Duncan works around the clock so we can send out reporters with the confidence that they will be able to make their deadlines and send their stories home.