Davar Iran Ardalan is a Public broadcasting veteran, new media innovator and interactive storyteller with leadership skills in news, cultivating newsroom diversity and innovation.
Most recently, Ardalan was in charge of Weekend Edition at NPR News, two of NPR's most popular newsmagazines. Introducing her own pace and sensibility, Ardalan expanded audience interactivity, integrated social media tools and even encouraged Daniel Schorr to tweet, all the while continuing to produce an array of interactive stories on everything from race and politics to the impact of the recession on listeners.
Prior to coming to Weekend Edition, Ardalan worked as a Supervisory Producer on Morning Edition where she helped shape the daily newsmagazine, and was responsible for decisions that required elaborate coordination and planning such as broadcasts from Baghdad, Kabul and New Orleans.
As a veteran NPR producer, Ardalan has produced hundreds of stories from profiles of Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, to actor and philanthropist Paul Newman to music features on legend Herbie Hancock and guitarmaker Paul Reed Smith, to a cooking segment with culinary wizard Alton Brown. Ardalan began in public radio as a reporter at KUNM in Albuquerque, NM in 1991 and began working at NPR News in 1993. Since then she has worked on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.
Ardalan is a mother of four and a noted speaker, who has delivered keynotes at many events including the Nobel Peace Prize Forum as well as participating in online news panels at the Personal Democracy Forum.