Jennifer Schmidt is a senior producer for Hidden Brain. She is responsible for crafting the complex stories that are told on the show. She researches, writes, gathers field tape, and develops story structures. Some highlights of her work on Hidden Brain include episodes about the causes of the #MeToo movement, how diversity drives creativity, and the complex psychology of addiction.
Since joining NPR in January 2014, Schmidt has also worked as an editor on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She has put together pieces for various news desks, including a story about survivor goats from the California wildfires for NPR's health blog Shots and a piece on a new trend in C-sections in which women can watch their babies being born which aired on Morning Edition.
The recipient of numerous journalism awards, Schmidt has been awarded a PRNDI for feature reporting, a National Headliners award for breaking news, a silver CINDY, an EMMA for editing, and various other awards from the RTNDA, the Associated Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Schmidt's reporting has taken her across both the country and the world, from KPLU in Seattle and WBUR in Boston to freelancing in South Africa and Mexico. After living abroad for almost a decade, Schmidt now lives on a small farm near the Chesapeake Bay with a menagerie of animals including a one-eyed cat from South Africa, chickens, horses, two dogs from Mexico City, and goats.
Schmidt graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
- Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time
- The Air We Breathe: Implicit Bias And Police Shootings
- Playing Tight And Loose: How Rules Shape Our Lives
- An Unfinished Lesson: What The 1918 Flu Tells Us About Human Nature
- Panic In The Street: How Psychology Shaped The Response To An Epidemic
- On The Knife's Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens
- Online Behavior, Real-Life Consequences: The Unfolding Of A Social Media Scandal
- Mechanical Sex: The Relationship Between Intercourse And Intimacy
- Better Than Cash: How Awards Can Shape Our Behavior
- Radio Replay: Creative Differences
- Too Little, Too Much: How Poverty and Wealth Affect Our Minds
- The Psychological Forces Behind A Cultural Reckoning: Understanding #MeToo