Kojo Nnamdi is host of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, a live talk show produced by WAMU 88.5 that airs weekdays at noon. On Fridays at noon, Nnamdi hosts The Politics Hour on WAMU 88.5.
“Maybe the best radio interviewer in town” according to The Washington Post, Nnamdi welcomes a lineup of interesting and provocative guests who offer new perspectives about current events, political issues, social policy, art, science and other topics. The show encourages listener calls, creating a dynamic dialogue about issues that are important or interesting to the Washington, D.C., region.
Nnamdi is a native of Guyana who immigrated to the United States in 1968 to attend college and explore the civil rights movement. From 1985 to 2011, he hosted Evening Exchange, a public affairs television program broadcast by WHUT-TV at Howard University. From 1973 to 1985, Nnamdi worked at WHUR-FM, where he served as news editor and then news director, producing the award-winning local news program The Daily Drum.
In 2003, the Library of Congress selected Nnamdi as the keynote speaker for African American History Month, and in 2001, he was honored as a civil rights hero by the National Council for Community Justice.
In 2005, he was named a “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine, saying, “Radio is more fun, more intimate than TV. I always want to make sure people are listening to something that helps them make intelligent decisions about their lives.” DCist, “a website about the Washington, D.C. area and everything that happens there,” named Nnamdi one of “DC’s Most Influential People” in 2007. Also in 2007, Washingtonian named Nnamdi one of the “150 Most Influential People in Washington.”
In addition to his hosting duties, Nnamdi has chaired the board of the Public Access Corporation of Washington, D.C., since 1997. He is also active in Guyaid, an organization devoted to the welfare of children in Guyana. In 2014 he was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. chapter’s Hall of Fame, and in 2018, he was inducted into the D.C. Hall of Fame Society. The Kojo Nnamdi Show has won numerous awards, including multiple PRNDI and AP honors, as well as the National Association of Black Broadcasters Salute to Excellence award.
Nnamdi served on the Board of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center from 2003-2008. A proud nationalized American citizen for more than 20 years, his passions include cricket, Caribbean Carnival, poetry, jazz and jogging.
Ingalisa Schrobsdorff joined The Kojo Nnamdi Show in the fall of 2009. After a stint at KQED in San Francisco with the Forum program, she moved east and was a producer with Washington Monthly on the Radio. Prior to working in radio, Schrobsdorff directed international programs at New York University, including developing journalism programs in three countries. Schrobsdorff was born in Berlin and has lived in Japan and France. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Barnard College and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Monna Kashfi joined the Kojo team as Senior Producer in 2018 from the world of television, most recently with CGTN America, where she was the Emmy-award winning executive producer of a weekly magazine show with an international focus. Prior to that, she conceived and produced a weekly news and current events talk show. She’s coming back full circle to radio, as her first journalism job was at Voice of America. Throughout her career, she has worked on primetime newscasts, special events coverage, features and lifestyle reporting and documentaries – she values storytelling above all else (except perhaps homecooked Persian food). She’s a dog mom to a 13-year-old Maltese with a serious attitude problem and the two of them share a deep aversion to birds.
Ruth Tam joined The Kojo Nnamdi Show as its web producer in 2015 and became a show producer the same year. She previously spent a year writing about politics, science and culture for the PBS Newshour and her writing and illustrations have appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, GlobalPost and San Francisco Public Press. She was born and raised in Illinois, and attended Tufts University in Medford, Mass. While at Tufts, she was the art director for the Tufts Observer, a monthly magazine, and spent a semester studying in Accra, Ghana before completing a bachelor’s degree in English.
Mark Gunnery joined The Kojo Nnamdi Show in June 2017. He previously worked at Center for Emerging Media in Baltimore, producing The Marc Steiner Show and the Democracy in Crisis podcast. Before that, he worked as a fish monger, house painter, sound technician, and maintenance worker. Mark is a musician and has played in folk, punk, electronic, klezmer, and marching bands. He has a master of health arts and sciences degree from Goddard College, a graduate certificate in herbal medicine from Tai Sophia Institute-Maryland University of Integrative Health, and a bachelor of liberal arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College.
Margaret Barthel joined The Kojo Nnamdi Show in September 2018 to produce Kojo 20, a series of events, on-air segments and videos marking Kojo’s twentieth year on air at WAMU. Before that, she spent four years producing live conversations about education, criminal justice and other subjects for The Atlantic. Her writing has appeared on TheAtlantic.com and DCist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Smith College and lives in Arlington.