Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Michelle Obama Campaigns in New York
Monday, October 18, 2010
Michelle Obama is coming to the tri-state area Monday as she continues to stump for Democratic candidates.
The First Lady will be in New York Monday night for a Broadway fundraiser hosted by actress Sarah Jessica Parker. She will also travel to Stamford, CT to raise money for state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is in a close race for a U.S. Senate seat. President Obama has already come to Connecticut to help follow Democrat Blumenthal, who faces former wrestling executive, Linda McMahon.
Before coming to New York, Michelle Obama campaigned with her husband in Ohio to support Democrat Governor Ted Strickland. This is the first time the couple has campaigned together since the President's 2008 election. The New York Times reports these visits are part of a two week trip to campaign for Democratic support in the approaching elections.
Michelle Obama has largely stayed out of politics since moving to the White House, but her popularity ratings have remained high while the President's have fallen, making her a valuable asset on the campaign trail.