Naina Rao is a multimedia journalist, radio reporter, and podcast producer based in Detroit, Michigan. She's produced extensively for National Public Radio's Culture Desk, Morning Edition, and 1A. Naina has hosted Morning Edition locally for Wyoming's NPR member station and reported on issues related to health, environment, arts, and culture for several media outlets including Reckon, Solutions Journalism Network, AfroLA, and Feet in 2 Worlds, to name a few. 

Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, Naina is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and Melayu. She's working on her Hindi, enjoys watching Bollywood, and loves to stay active. She's a Transom alum and a former Asian American Journalists Association's VOICES mentor. 

Naina is available for tape-syncs and freelance reporting assignments for podcasts and radio stories. You can connect with her at



Institute for Nonprofit News Awards Insight Award for Explanatory Journalism

Asian American Journalists Association Journalism Excellence Awards Excellence in Audio Storytelling, News Feature (Runner Up)


Public Media Journalists Association Best News/Public Affairs Program - Second Place


Michigan Association of Broadcasters Best Talk Show - Second Place