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Nicole Beemsterboer

Nicole Beemsterboer is the Supervising Senior Producer of the Enterprise Storytelling Unit, NPR's longform documentary unit. She leads the network's seasonal and limited-run podcast programming, including Embedded, Invisibilia, Rough Translation, On Our Watch and Up First Sunday.

Previously, Beemsterboer served as the Senior Producer of Investigations, where she oversaw the conceptualization, development and execution of the network's investigative reporting across all platforms and coordinated the team's internal and external news partnerships. There, she produced and edited some of NPR's most ambitious reporting projects, from a series exposing the U.S. military's secret race-based chemical weapons testing program during World War II to uncovering a dramatic surge in complicated black lung, a deadly coal miners' disease, in Appalachia. Her work on the 2017 series, Lost Mothers, with NPR's Renee Montagne and ProPublica's Nina Martin, helped start a national conversation on the state of maternal care across the country.

Beemsterboer has been recognized with journalism's highest honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award in 2014, 2015 and 2017, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award in 2015 and 2017, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, the Edward R. Murrow Award and The Gerald Loeb Award.

Beemsterboer started at NPR as a producer for the daily flagship news program, Morning Edition, where she covered the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Syrian civil war in 2013 from Beirut and the West Africa Ebola outbreak from Liberia in 2014. Beemsterboer is a graduate of Indiana University and began her career in public radio as a reporter at NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana.