Jo Erickson

Jo Erickson is a podcast producer for the CPR Audio Innovations Studio.

Professional Background: Jo joined CPR in 2020 after working as a daily talk show producer, podcast producer and occasional reporter at Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media Group. Before joining MPR, Jo worked for the BBC as a documentary producer and journalist. She produced hard hitting documentaries looking at inner city gangs and knife crimes, violent animal rights activists, and followed rioters during the London riots. She also produced the BBC documentaries “My Best Friends Murder” and “My Murder.”

Jo moved from Britain to the U.S. in 2013 and has worked in the U.S. as a print journalist, news producer and podcast producer.  Occasionally she reports stories on race in America for the BBC’s “From Your Own Correspondent.”

Achievements: As a producer for MPR News Counter Stories, Jo won a 2017 NABJ Salute To Excellence award.

  • In this year when rethinking law enforcement is at the center of a global conversation, we follow and activist working to hold those in power accountable for change.
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  • On this episode, we follow an officer in leadership who’s working to reform policing from the top down.
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  • The death of a Black man in Colorado Springs left a grieving family searching for answers in a complicated and frustrating legal system.
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  • Meet two Black police officers — a young officer in the Minneapolis suburbs and a veteran sheriff's deputy in Colorado Springs — working to protect their communities at a pivotal moment.
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  • Since the death of George Floyd in 2020, America has been searching its soul over questions of racial injustice. Many people are looking for solutions to change a police culture that disproportionately harms people of color. They’re asking hard questions about what should be done to reform law enforcement. To capture this defining moment, we followed a group of people across the U.S., working to change police departments from the outside and within.
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