Jackie Howell

Membership Coordinator

Membership Coordinator Jackie Howell has been with Alabama Public Radio since 2001. This native Alabamian earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from The University of Alabama and worked in the Banking and Finance field right out of college. In fact when there were very few in the southeastern United States, Jackie was the first female stock broker in Tuscaloosa.

Black Monday 1987 meant a change in direction for many careers related to Wall Street and that included Jackie’s. She was soon an Operations Manager at an industrial factory that produced micro-mixing systems. The birth of her children prompted Jackie to take 10 years away from the workforce. Upon her return, she joined Alabama Public Radio and became Membership Coordinator. 

Jackie is the person to contact if there are concerns with your membership in any way. If you have questions about your donation, a premium you have requested, need to change your contact information –contact Jackie she will be glad to help you.


APR Blog
6:58 am
Wed June 27, 2012

A Nation of Meat Eaters

With July 4th just around the corner, you may be getting your grill ready.  Morning Edition has declared this week "Meat Week" and has already run stories asking 'how much is too much' and researching the 'making of meat-eating America'. 

Today ME examines a nation of meat eaters

The chart at right shows U.S. Consumption of Meat Per Person in Pounds .

APR Blog
9:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Cavell Trio Live in the Studio

It's not often Alabama Public Radio has live musical guests in the studio, but today is a rare treat!  Today you can hear the Clavell Trio as they perform perform movements of the Rudolf Maros Serenata. 

Formed in 2007, the Cavell Trio is a collaboration born out of friendship and desire to share the love of music making with others. Consisting of (left to right) Jenny Mann - bassoon, Osiris Molina - clarinet, and Shelly Megison - oboe with David Duff - APR's Classical Music host.

All three members are active performers, teachers and chamber music coaches.  

APR Blog
8:51 am
Fri June 8, 2012


STD doesn't always stand for what you may think.  In this case it means "Sovereign Transmitted Debts."  And in the video here the cure is "ContagionEx."

It's not often you can laugh about the looming threat of a worldwide banking crisis, but this video will probably cause you to do just that. 

APR Blog
4:26 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Summer Reading Lists

Beat the heat this summer with a host of reading selections!

Summer Books

Seeking selections to take to the beach, the lake, or to curl up with for an escape at home this summer? NPR Books shares the top picks from booksellers, authors, and critics like Nancy Pearl and Allen Cheuse, with themed lists for readers posted at Critics' Lists: Summer 2012.


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APR Blog
10:57 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Dead Stop

Morning Edition heads out on a special summer road trip with "Dead Stop: Famous Final Resting Places of Americans Great and Small." The series takes listeners to strange, funny, historic or otherwise notable gravesites and cemeteries around the U.S., touching on American history, biography, art, religion and land use along the way. "Dead Stop" launches Monday, May 28, and runs occasionally throughout the summer.

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APR Blog
4:17 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The American Dream

The American Dream has always meant opportunity -- the idea that anyone can make it here. Woven through our politics, culture and family histories, the simple phrase lifted and sustained Americans for generations, and its promise inspired millions to come to the United States in search of a better life. Yet this collective ideal has always been fraught, as the country struggled to extend opportunities beyond white men to African Americans, women, Latinos, gays and lesbians, those with disabilities, and others.

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APR Blog
9:37 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Classical CD

Anne Akiko Meyer's latest CD:  Air - The Bach Album is one of the premiums Alabama Public Radio will be offering in our upcoming fund drive - see her talking about it here.

APR Blog
2:54 pm
Tue April 10, 2012


Alabama Public Radio has been recognized as one of the best in the country with a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award! 

This award is given annually by the national Society of Professional Journalist.  Only ten media outlets earn these awards each year, so earning one is quite an accomplishment.

APR earned ours for the outstanding coverage our news team provided of damage caused by the April 27th tornadoes that ravaged Alabama in 2011.   

Congratulations to APR News Director Pat Duggins, Ryan Vasquez, Maggie Martin and Stan Ingold!  It is an honor well deserved.

APR Blog
6:47 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Stuffy Public Radio

As you are aware, we here at public radio do not believe in laughter or jokes.  We take everything very seriously.

With that thought in mind.  Please enjoy the following reports:

NPR Name Song

Super PACS

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APR Blog
4:13 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Great Supreme Court Coverage

This week NPR offers extensive coverage of the upcoming Supreme Court arguments challenging President Obama's health care overhaul law. Find brief descriptions of the scheduled arguments here

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APR Blog
5:38 pm
Tue March 20, 2012


Usually, when a news outlet makes a mistake there is a little snippet buried in the corner of a back page of the paper, at the end of the newscast or just before a break.  

But This American Life is devoting an entire show to pointing out the errors in one of its most popular pieces.  "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory" which aired in January of 2012.

Why is TAL doing this?  Because public radio adheres to a higher standard.  A standard that we insist upon ourselves and our listeners demand. 

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APR Blog
11:55 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Spring Break

As many of you may know, APR is owned by The University of Alabama.  That means we work on UA's calendar.  We don't get a student's schedule, but we do get spring break off. 

Well, most of us anyway.  I've had this week off - but the voices you are used to hearing are still there for you.  While the UA campus has been completely deserted, Maggie Martin, Ryan Vasquez and David Duff have been coming in to the APR studios all week. 

APR Blog
2:50 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Award Winners

At the recent Alabama Associated Press Awards banquet, Alabama Public Radio's news department racked up four awards!    Maggie Martin's story "The Battle for Fort Gaines" won for the Best Use of Sound.  Pat Duggins won three awards:  "Tornado Recovery" won for the Best Specialized Reporter, "Kiss that Fish!" won for Best Soft Feature and the 5 part series "Oil and Water" won for Best Public Affiars / Documentary. 

Kudos to Maggie and Pat for a job well done! 

APR Blog
8:04 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Founding Mothers

How did NPR become a ground breaker for female journalists?  It may not be why you think.  Nina Totenberg recalls in a Newsweek article that it was a combination of the open hostility toward hiring women from other news organizations and the low pay NPR offered. 

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APR Blog
6:02 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

ATC's Three-Minute Fiction Contest: Round 8

Release your inner author - the next round of All Things Considered's  Three-Minute Fiction contest starts Saturday, March 10th, with a new judge, author Luis Alberto Urrea.  The contest has a simple premise:  Listeners submit original short stories with a  600-word limit that can be read aloud in three minutes or less.

This round's special rule:

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