Trey Graham edits and produces arts and entertainment content for NPR's Digital Media division, where among other things he's helped launch the Monkey See pop-culture blog and NPR's expanded Web-only movies coverage. He also helps manage the Web presence for Fresh Air from WHYY.
Outside NPR, Graham has been a lead theater critic at the Washington City Paper, D.C.'s alternative weekly newspaper, since 1995, which means he's seen a good deal of superb theater and a great deal of schlock. He's still stage-struck enough to believe that the former makes up for the latter.
Graham began his career as a writer and editor at The Washington Blade; his subsequent tenure at USA Today included a stint as the newspaper's music and theater editor. A past fellow at both the O'Neill Critics Institute and the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater, Graham won the George Jean Nathan Award for distinguished drama criticism in December 2004.
Graham is also a regular panelist on Around Town, the venerable arts roundtable program on Washington PBS affiliate WETA-TV, and the author of the theater section of the newest Time Out Guide to the nation's capital. He's written about books, travel, movies and the arts for publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Born in New Orleans (during Mardi Gras, no less) and raised in South Carolina, Graham has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1990 except for a couple of years in Zimbabwe, which turned out to be way more fun than a politically perilous, economically disastrous situation has any right being.
Born in Wichita, Hugo is a media consumption addict. From films to music to news, nothing seems to satiate his rapturous appetite for consuming various methods of information, concepts, and ideas except for public radio.
Picking up the habit at a young age from his own father, listening to KMUW has become a lifelong solitary practice, although he is open to a listening party to all those who are willing. His favorite public radio programs are Talk of the Nation (RIP), Strange Currency, Fresh Air, Radiolab, and This American Life.
A recent graduate of Wichita State University, he majored in sociology and minored in communication. In his spare time he likes to watch movies, read comic books, participate in laughter, and attend live performances of any variety.