Windsor Johnston

Windsor Johnston has been a newscast anchor and reporter for NPR since 2011. As a newscaster, she writes, produces, and delivers hourly national newscasts. Occasionally, she also reports breaking news stories for NPR's Newsdesk.

Some of her most memorable coverage includes Election Night 2016, the Women's March on Washington, and the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.

Johnston brings over two decades of experience as an anchor, host, and reporter at a variety of news organizations including NPR Member stations. From 1995 to 2011, Johnston worked as a News Director and Morning News Anchor at WRTI. Between 1999 and 2004, she was the Weekend Edition host and reporter at WHYY. Following her work at WHYY, Johnston was the News Anchor at Metro Network from 2004 to 2008. From 2007 to 2008, Johnston was a freelance reporter in Kenya, where she covered the political turmoil following the country's presidential election. Johnston also reported from El Salvador in 2010 and more recently reported from Kolkata, India, for NPR.

From 2004 to 2012, Johnston taught as an adjunct journalism professor at her alma mater, Temple University. She currently teaches as an adjunct journalism professor at American University.

Johnston earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Temple University in 1999.

Editor's note: This story was reported and photographed in January, before the global pandemic. The text has been updated to reflect the activities of the nuns aimed at COVID-19 prevention.

Jigme Yeshe Lhamo squats in a powerful kung fu stance. As she raises her 18-inch sword, it flashes in the sunlight against the backdrop of the Himalayas. It's a crisp January morning at Amitabha Drukpa Nunnery in Kathmandu Valley, home to more than 800 Himalayan Buddhist nuns ranging in age from 6 to 80.

It started with a wrong turn while driving in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

That was how 8-year-old Shariah Harris and her mother found the stables of an equestrian program called "Work to Ride." Growing up in a West Philadelphia neighborhood where crime rates are high and graduation rates are low, Harris never dreamed of playing polo.

"Polo wasn't something that was in the cards for me," she says. "I couldn't afford riding lessons, or a horse for that matter. I never even thought about riding horses until I got lost in the park that day," she says.

When Rashida Bibi was 16, she left her native Bangladesh and came to Kolkata, India, with the promise of a job as a nanny.

It was a lie. In fact, she was a victim of sex trafficking.

"After giving me shelter for a few days, the family told me that they couldn't keep me and that I had to start working as a prostitute," Bibi says. Tears well up in her eyes when she remembers that moment.

Some 30 years later, Bibi is one of an estimated 11,000 sex workers in Sonagachi, a notorious red-light district in Kolkata.

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Stargazers are in for a special treat later this week. A super blue blood moon will light up the sky in parts of the Western Hemisphere in the wee hours on Wednesday. NPR's Windsor Johnston reports.