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Kara Manning

Kara Manning

Host UKNY & Web Editor/Writer, WFUV

Kara Manning is WFUV’s web editor/writer and the host and producer of UKNY on Sunday nights at 11 p.m., an hour-long excursion into new British and global music. She’s interviewed scores of established and emerging artists for FUV Live sessions and online features. Most recently, she prompted the station’s EQFM platform for gender equality in programming and wrote an online series called “Quarantined Artists,” discovering how musicians like Norah Jones and Margo Price have been affected and motivated by the pandemic and protests for racial justice.

Prior to coming to WFUV, Kara was producer of Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight” for nearly a decade. She worked as a reporter for MTV News, covering music and hard news, and was also a senior producer for MTV Radio. While at Rolling Stone magazine, she originated the Raves column and reviewed more albums than she can recall. Kara co-wrote liner notes to the Grammy-nominated Rhino box set Respect: A Century of Women in Music and has written for publications and sites like NPR Music, the Evening Standard,, BBC 6 Music, Jazziz, State, DAME and American Theater. Kara is also a freelance music supervisor and talent booker for digital platforms, live events and film.

Graduate of Columbia University's M.F.A. program in playwriting, Kara is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, a MacDowell Colony fellowship and a Princess Grace professional development grant. Her plays have been produced or developed via Page 73 Productions, Royal Court Theater, Hampstead Theater, the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, MTC, Atlantic Theater, Playwrights Horizons, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, etc. She is an alumnus of the MCC Playwrights Coalition and the Women's Project Playwrights Lab and is also literary manager of the Irish Repertory Theatre.

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