Howard Berkes

Howard Berkes, a rural affairs correspondent for NPR, has worked 30 years at the network. His award-winning reporting includes the first details of the failed attempt by Morton Thiokol engineers to stop the fateful 1986 launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger and a 16-month-long investigation of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia.  Berkes has also won awards for breaking news, science and sports journalism, and was a 1998 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University.