Education: 
Bachelor's degree in public communications and journalism, Edgewood College.

Professional background: 
A member of the CPR News staff since 2015, Jo Ann has three decades of public radio experience, including hosting “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition” at WNYC in New York City for 18 years; hosting “Morning Edition” at WHYY in Philadelphia; and serving as news anchor for KPBS in San Diego. She began her career as a reporter and host at Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison. 

Jo Ann was an adjunct professor of journalism at Long Island University and a member of the university's selection committee for the George Polk Awards for Investigative Journalism. She has also worked at ABC Radio, Air America Radio, RKO Radio, UPI Radio and United Nations Radio. 

Awards:
Jo Ann was a finalist in the 2014 One-in-Ten Screenplay Contest and a semifinalist in the 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition.