Davar Ardalan

Davar Ardalan is the Senior Producer of NPR's Identity and Culture unit and a deft social media strategist. The social engagements she has helped lead on Twitter around #NPRWIT (women in tech), #NPRBlacksinTech & #NPRLatism have garnered millions of impressions.

From 2011 to 2014, Ardalan was responsible for producing the live daily news broadcast for NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin. From the opinions of global newsmakers to listeners, and the wisdom of renowned thinkers, activists and spiritual leaders, Tell Me More brought fresh voices and perspectives to public radio. In October 2012, Ardalan was part of the NPR team that produced a live Twitter Education Forum in Miami, Florida, engaging a diverse community via social media tools on the topic of education reform. She has also helped produce #TMMPoetry, a series that asked listeners to share their poems in 140 characters or less.

Prior to Tell Me More, Ardalan was in charge of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday were she helped integrate social media tools and expanded audience interactivity. In 2009, Ardalan collaborated with AIR, the Association for Independents in Radio, on interactive media projects that captured stories and images from around the country and encouraged audience participation across platforms on npr.org.

Ardalan has also worked as a Supervising Producer for Morning Edition where she helped shape the daily newsmagazine, and was responsible for decisions that required elaborate coordination such as broadcasts from Baghdad, Kabul and New Orleans.

Through the years, her public radio productions have been recognized with two NABJ Awards and a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. She began her radio career as a reporter in 1991 at KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In May 2014, she was the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.

Away from NPR, she is the mother of four and author of The Persian Square and My Name is Iran.

All Tech Considered
10:46 am
Wed July 15, 2015

3 Emerging Themes From #RaceOnTech

Mary McLain NPR

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 9:45 am

We know that women and minorities continue to be underrepresented in the STEM fields — that's science, technology, engineering and math. Now dip into #RaceOnTech to find out why. Since Monday, entrepreneurs, scientists, computer scientists and coders from Silicon Valley to Greenbelt, Md., have been sharing their thoughts one tweet at a time.

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All Tech Considered
12:09 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

#RaceOnTech: Sharing The Experiences Of Diverse Innovators

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 10:01 am

Editor's Note: Our #RaceOnTech public call-out for diverse innovators officially ended June 15, but we encourage you to continue engaging around the #RaceOnTech hashtag to get to know each other's work. More than 150 people and organizations were suggested to join our "Day in The Life" social storytelling series set to begin July 13. Thanks for all the great suggestions!

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Code Switch
1:54 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

School Was Closed, But This Baltimore Dad Had An Amazing Lesson For His Son

Father and son take a tour of Baltimore after schools were closed on Tuesday.
Courtesy of Edward Buck Jr.

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:18 pm

When Edward Buck Jr. learned that Baltimore schools were shutting down Tuesday, he decided to spend the day giving his 5-year-old son, who's also named Edward, a tour of West Baltimore.

"I wanted to be the one painting the picture of what was happening in our neighborhood," he explains.

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All Tech Considered
6:39 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

More Black, Latino Teens Say They're Online 'Almost Constantly'

About one-third of black and Hispanic teens say they're online just about all the time, compared with about 1 in 5 whites, a new study says.
27 Studios/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 6:55 pm

Boys like Facebook, girls like Instagram. Wealthier kids Snapchat. Lower income kids Facebook. And somehow Google+ is still relevant.

So says the Pew Research Center's latest study, "Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015," in which we officially learn that teenagers spend as much time online as adults think they do:

  • 92 percent of teens report going online daily.
  • 24 percent say they go online "almost constantly."
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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Mon December 22, 2014

7 Stories You Should Have Paid More Attention To In 2014

King Felipe VI of Spain attends the Congress of Deputies for the proclamation as King of Spain to the Spanish Parliament on June 19.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 12:29 pm

As 2014 winds down, we want to learn about the stories that didn't make the headlines. It's hard to say what qualifies as an underreported story, but here are some suggestions from smart people we know.

1. Algorithms Are Shaping Our Stories:

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

6 Things You Should Know About Cuban Cigars

American actor Groucho Marx, with his trademark mustache, glasses and cigar. We can't be sure that this cigar was Cuban.
John Kobal Foundation Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 2:55 pm

Cuban cigars are wrapped in mystique. Soon travelers will be able to bring back $100 worth of the famed cigars. Here are some facts you should know.

1. Cuban cigars are expensive, even in Cuba.

As NPR's Tom Gjelten tweeted, the new permission to bring back $100 worth of tobacco (or alcohol) allows you at the most four good cigars. Tom says he hasn't been back to Cuba for six years, but the last time he was there, a single Cohiba or Uppman "set you back at least $25."

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The Two-Way
10:48 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Poet Known As The 'Lioness Of Iran' Dies At 87

Simin Behbahani during an August 2007 news conference in Tehran.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 4:19 pm

NPR senior producer Davar Ardalan spoke with Simin Behbahani in June 2009 and has this remembrance:

One of Iran's most vocal and outspoken poets died this morning in Tehran at the age of 87. Known as the "Lioness of Iran," Simin Behbahani reportedly had been in a coma for more than two weeks.

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10:54 am
Fri May 9, 2014

How A Persian-American Love Story Got Its Start In Harlem

Helen and Abol Ghassem's marriage photo, New York City, 1927.
Laleh Bakhtiar Helen of Tus

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 6:02 pm

Editor's Note: On May 10, Iran Davar Ardalan, a senior producer at NPR, will be the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor in New York. The annual award is given to "American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life," according to the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Ardalan's grandfather traveled from Iran and arrived on Ellis Island in 1919.

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Code Switch
8:44 am
Sun January 26, 2014

For Persian Jews, America Means 'Religious Pluralism At Its Best'

Roben Farzad and his mother in their 1978 visa photo
Courtesy of Roben Farzad

Code Switch has been writing about some overlooked cultural interactions that have helped shape what Jewish identity is today, and we continue the series with a post by Tell Me More Senior Producer Davar Ardalan on Iranian Jews.

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