Valerie Crowder is a news reporter for PRE, covering education and politics in Eastern North Carolina. She also fills in as host of All Things Considered. She completed a B.A. at Syracuse University, majoring in newspaper online journalism and political science and minoring in German. Before she started working at PRE, she reported local news for WKGC in Panama City, FL. While in school, she gained experience at WAER, Syracuse Public Radio, as a weekend reporter, part-time host and assistant producer for All Things Considered. She became comfortable behind the microphone at KBEC-AM, an independent radio station in Waxahachie, TX. Outside of radio, she enjoys reading literature and photographing nature.