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Jesse King

Producer / Host

Jesse King is the host of "51%" and a producer for WAMC’s afternoon news programs. She also produces the WAMC podcast "A New York Minute In History."

A graduate of SUNY Oneonta, King first joined the WAMC newsroom as an intern in September 2018. She grew up an avid writer and radio-nerd in Apalachin, New York, and spent much of her college years managing WONY 90.9 FM, contributing to the student-run podcast, "Oneonta Voices," and interning with Phoenix FM in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a B.A. in Music Industry and Mass Communications, and plays the fiddle in her free time. 

  • On this week's 51%, we speak with Hollywood dialect coach and author Samara Bay about how to buck America’s “voice standards” and embrace the power in your voice.
  • January 22 would have marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, had the Court not decided to overturn the ruling last year. On the latest 51%, we speak with Amy Littlefield, longtime abortion access correspondent for The Nation, about how the fall of Roe is currently playing out in states and women’s health clinics across the U.S.
  • On this week’s 51%, we speak with filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain about her new PBS documentary "Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space." We'll also hear from ceramicist Kelli Rae Adams about her latest installation at MASS MoCA, titled "Forever in Your Debt."
  • On this week’s 51%, we explore how building for the future demands reckoning with our past. NYU Stern School of Business professor and social psychologist Dolly Chugh offers guidance for the “gritty patriot” in her new book "A More Just Future."
  • What’s your New Year’s resolution? On the latest 51%, we speak with dietician and personal trainer Nicole Rodriguez about how to set healthy and realistic nutrition goals that fit your lifestyle. And in this season of gym memberships, career scheming, and personal development, one multi-generational study suggests the key to fulfillment is actually, quite simple: nurturing our relationships. The New York Times’ Jancee Dunn shares what we can learn from the world’s longest-running study on human happiness.
  • On this week’s 51%, we look back at some of our biggest stories and favorite conversations of 2022.
  • For all its tidings of comfort and joy, the holiday season is a difficult time for some. On this week's 51%, we take a look at some ways to combat loneliness this time of year, and therapist Keli Rugenstein shares how parents of estranged adult children can find peace.
  • 'Tis the season for holiday cooking! On this week’s 51%, we speak with Jennifer Clair, founder of the culinary school Home Cooking New York, for some of her favorite holiday meals and preparation tips.
  • On this week’s 51%, we take a trip to New York’s Hudson Valley and explore the rediscovered artwork of Caroline Clowes, one of the region’s first professional female artists from the 19th Century. We also sit down with author Libby Sternberg to discuss her new book, Daisy, a retelling of The Great Gatsby from the perspective of its iconic golden girl.
  • On this week’s 51%, we sit down with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her seminal live album Living in Clip. DiFranco reflects on a career spanning over 20 records and decades of activism on multiple fronts, and shares her insight on the music industry today.