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Shannon Rhoades

Shannon Rhoades is NPR's senior editor for interviews.

From politics and world affairs to tech and culture, she works on newsmaker interviews across all NPR shows and platforms. In breaking news, she strategizes and coordinates the network's interview coverage.

She was based for many years at NPR West as Morning Edition's senior supervising editor and specialized in shaping engaging host conversations and features.

She edited many of Renee Montagne's reporting trips to Afghanistan, Steve Inskeep's U.S.-Mexico borderland series, David Greene's reporting from Cuba and Susan Stamberg's Hollywood Jobs series.

Rhoades started her career as an editorial assistant for Susan Stamberg, one of NPR's "Founding Mothers."

She is a graduate of Smith College and is always missing her Ashland, Ore., hometown.

If there were ever a person stuck in a place he never wanted to be, it's Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Zelenskiy had been in his post for only two months when he had that infamous July 25 phone call with President Trump — during which Trump asked the Ukrainian president to help investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. For Zelenskiy, the call made what was already a delicate diplomatic situation even more complicated.