Illuminating Journalism from American Public Media
Before joining APM Reports in 2017, Parker Yesko reported on criminal justice, housing and inequality in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has appeared on Morning Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, NPR's Embedded, PRI's The World, Snap Judgment, Harper's and The Guardian. As an intern on NPR's national desk, she reported on the lawsuits filed against President Trump in the first months of his administration. Before moving into radio, Parker covered a range of local issues for the San Francisco Examiner. She has a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, where she was a Mark Felt Scholar in Investigative Reporting, and a B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown.
To the west is the Mississippi Delta, a flat swampy expanse with a large African-American population that's home to the blues, a proud civil rights history and at least one street named after Barack Obama. To the east is the hill country, a mostly white, politically conservative region with a strong evangelical streak, an affinity for deer hunting and roadways more likely to honor Robert E. Lee. Between them is Winona.