NPR hires Kerr to cowl tech

In a notice to newsroom employees, Emily Kopp, performing chief enterprise editor, made the next announcement:

I’m thrilled to introduce NPR’s new tech reporter, Dara Kerr, who begins with us on Jan. 9. Together with our intrepid Bobby Allyn, Dara will look at the alternatives tech firms make and the affect they wield over our lives.

Dara involves NPR from The Markup, the place she lined labor at tech firms. She produced gripping investigations of the dangers that Uber and Lyft drivers take—and the shortage of safety the tech firms present them. Dara additionally reported on large tech lobbying and the unfold of anti-vaccine misinformation on Fb.

Earlier than The Markup, Dara reported for CNET Information. Her each day protection ranged from Airbnb’s regulatory battles to self-driving automobiles to the proliferation of lab-grown meat. Whereas at CNET, Dara traveled the size of the Texas-Mexico border to report on how surveillance expertise is used all through the area. She additionally went to Brazil to jot down about how one Amazonian tribe is utilizing expertise to struggle deforestation.

Dara is initially from Colorado and spent a number of years residing in Latin America. She’s based mostly within the Bay Space, however will likely be visiting HQ later this month. Should you’re in Washington, please come say hello and inform her a bit about your a part of the newsroom.