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Emily Siner

News Director & Host

Emily Siner is the news director at Nashville Public Radio and host of the Movers & Thinkers podcast. She also reports on a wide range of topics, including higher education, science and veterans. She's traveled around Tennessee to tell national news stories for NPR and Marketplace.

Emily began at the station in 2014 as an enterprise reporter. She soon launched the station's first podcast and has since helped the station develop a whole fleet of shows with live events. She became the newsroom's assistant news director in 2016 and news director in 2017.  She has been named the Associated Press Radio Journalist of the Year and has received three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for her reporting.

Emily is passionate about storytelling on all platforms and spoke at TEDxNashville in 2015 about the station's efforts to share audio online. Before joining the news staff at WPLN, Emily worked in print and online journalism at the Los Angeles Times and NPR. She was born and raised in the Chicago area, so she's not intimidated by Nashville winters. Emily is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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There's a story Amy-Jill Levine tells often, in response to a question she's asked often. How on earth did a Jewish woman become an expert in the New Testament?

It all started, as so many stories do, on the school bus. When Amy-Jill was 7, a classmate said to her, 'You killed our Lord.'

Emily: So what happened after that?

AP Awards: Radio Anchor

Jan 25, 2019

Officer Andrew Delke
George Walker IV / Pool / The Tennessean

A grand jury has indicted Metro Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke with a charge of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Daniel Hambrick in July 2018. Delke's attorney says the officer will not plead guilty and will fight the charges at trial.

Emily Siner / WPLN

Jim Bare never used to spend his Friday nights working on math. Now, he does it willingly — often with the rest of his family.

In September, Jim, 65, signed up for his first semester of Volunteer State Community College under the Tennessee Reconnect program. His daughter also enrolled there. So did her husband. And her mom.

For them, college this fall has been a family affair. 

Kara McLeland / WPLN

Pat Postiglione is something of a legend in his field. The retired Nashville police detective developed a reputation for cracking some of the grizzliest cold cases in the city's history — homicides that sat unsolved for years. In our live series Movers & Thinkers, Postiglione talked to WPLN's Emily Siner about getting to the bottom of difficult cases.

"Relationships change," he says, "so now that witness who was an alibi witness for that suspect may no longer want to be."

Courtesy of Frances Cutler Hahn

During the eight-day-long holiday of Hanukkah this week, Jewish families in Nashville are retelling the story of the holiday: the Maccabees fighting against a ruler that was persecuting Judaism, an oil lamp that burned miraculously in the Temple for eight days.

Ultimately, says Frances Cutler Hahn, it's a story of religious freedom. And Hahn knows too well what it's like when that freedom is taken away.