Petra Mayer (November 30, 1974 – November 13, 2021) was an American book review editor and journalist. She was one of the books editors of NPR's Culture section, and was known for her coverage of the San Diego Comic-Con and organizing an interactive book recommendation guide called "Book Concierge".
|Born||November 30, 1974|
|Died||November 13, 2021 (aged 46)|
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
|Alma mater||Amherst College (BA)|
Columbia University (MA)
Life and careerEdit
Mayer was born on November 30, 1974, in Washington, D.C., where she grew up. She earned her bachelor's degree in history at Amherst College in 1996. According to an interview with her mother, Elke Mayer, it was while studying there that she decided to begin a career in the radio. While she was still in college, Mayer joined NPR as an engineering assistant intern.
In 1997, Mayer moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to work as a news writer at the public radio station WBUR. In 1998, she earned her master's degree in journalism at Columbia University, and was hired to work as an intern for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in Prague. Mayer worked there for two years as an archivist and audio editor.
Mayer returned to Washington, D.C. in 2000 and joined NPR. She worked in several positions within NPR, including as production assistant of Weekend Edition Saturday, and associate producer and director of All Things Considered. In 2012, Mayer joined the Culture section of NPR, where she worked as one of its two books editors. In 2020, Mayer was appointed the editor of NPR's video gaming column.
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- Maruf, Ramishah (November 14, 2021). "NPR books editor Petra Mayer dies at 46". CNN. Retrieved November 14, 2021.