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Rob Sachs

Rob Sachs

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Radio Host and Journalist

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Keynote speaker Rob Sachs has had a successful career behind the scenes and on air for a number of radio stations. His ability to cover relevant topics such as communication, politics and international relations makes him a knowledgeable and educational speaker. His added talent of giving equally impressive and engaging talks on less serious topics such as parenthood, embarrassing moments and modern etiquette make him a versatile and valuable speaker.

Rob Sachs is an award winning journalist who has worked for more than a decade on national and international broadcasts. He’s worked as a producer and director on some of the biggest programs in public radio including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Talk of The Nation. He is also the creator behind the popular NPR podcast and blog “What Would Rob Do: An Guide to Life’s Daily Indignities.”  He adapted that series into a book which was published in 2010.

Currently Rob is the host of “American Edition” which broadcasts on Voice of Russia America in New York, Washington DC, and Miami.   In addition to his work on Radio programs he is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism and a frequent blogger on the Huffington Post. Rob is able to cover a wide range of topics ranging from issues pertaining to journalism and communicating through multimedia, to engaging in the headlines of today in politics and international relations.   On a less serious note Rob also offers irreverent takes on modern etiquette and fatherhood.

Rob Sachs is an Ivy League educated award winning journalist who is as comfortable talking about embarrassing moments while parenting as he is engaging in a discussion of the Arab Spring. His career in radio commenced in Philadelphia as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also ran the student station WQHS.   During that time Rob also began working at WXPN, a public radio station affiliated with Penn.   There Rob worked on the Peabody Award winning program “Kids Corner” and served as reporter and anchor for WXPN sports.

After graduating with degrees in History and Communications, Rob moved to Washington DC to begin his career at National Public Radio. After a few years he moved out to Los Angeles to be a founding producer on two new NPR programs, The Tavis Smiley Show, and Day to Day.  It was on Day to Day that Rob began transitioning from behind the scenes to on air.   He first appeared on air alongside former Daily Show correspondent Brian Unger for his segment “The Unger Report” a series that explored everything from bull riding to indoor skydiving.   Rob later began reporting music interviews on indie rock bands like Rilo Kiley, Guster, Air, and Franz Ferdinand.

It was also while in Los Angeles where Rob began hosting his own NPR broadcast “What Would Rob Do? A Guide to Life’s Daily Indignities” “What Would Rob Do?” grew to become one of NPR’s early successes in the realm of online programming.  Rob combined humor with sound advice to tackle questions ranging from how to handle getting pulled over for a speeding ticket, to how to make the best of a bad haircut.   In addition Rob added a celebrity quotient to the podcast by interviewing people like Rick Springfield, Fabio, Erik Estrada, and Tom Wopat (all of whom also happened to be his childhood heroes.)

The podcast’s success eventually led to a book deal with John Wiley and Sons with publication in April of 2010.  Rob went on book tour that summer speaking to audiences up and down the East Coast recounting embarrassing moments and the best way to avoid them in the future.

Rob then decided to turn his attention toward being on air full time.  He left NPR in 2010 to host Metro Connection at WAMU in Washington DC.  There he received the PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for a story he reported on the effects of long distance incarceration on teenagers.    After WAMU he accepted a position hosting “American Edition” at Voice of Russia America, tackling the day’s news on politics and international affairs, as well as looking into the world of arts and entertainment.     Rob is still involved in public radio as an independent producer and reporter.

As a speaker Rob has delivered talks to Washington DC’s Wednesday Morning Group and has been invited to share his experiences as a broadcaster at both the University of Maryland and Georgetown University.   Additionally Rob also teaches broadcast radio at the University of Maryland to both undergraduates and returning journalists looking to learn multimedia skills.

Rob and his wife live in suburban Washington DC and are the proud parents of two daughters.

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    Overall Topics

    • Podcasting
    • Starting your own program
    • Public Radio
    • Blogging
    • Parenting Advice
    • Newsroom Logistics
    • Multimedia Storytelling


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    Self Help/Advice

    • Etiquette
    • Parenting
    • Fatherhood


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    Politics/International News

    • US Politics
    • Russian Relations
    • The Arab Spring
    • Israeli Relations
    • Social Issues in the US – Gay Marriage/Drug War/Prison Reform
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