The award-winning executive producer of NPR's Tell Me More, Teshima Walker, passed away at the age of 44 after a two-year battle with colon cancer. She is survived by her husband, writer Jimi Izrael, her parents, William and Vonceal Walker and her sister, Eureva Walker.
Since 2011, Walker was the executive producer for NPR's midday news program Tell Me More, hosted by Michel Martin. Walker was part of the public radio family for more than a decade.
She first joined the afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered as a journalism fellow in 2000. Later she spent three years as a producer for The Tavis Smiley Show, and then for News and Notes. In 2007, Walker signed on as senior supervising producer of Tell Me More, and served the program in various capacities for the next six years. A Chicago native, Walker first came to NPR by way of WBEZ, where she was a senior producer for morning newsmagazine Eight Forty-Eight.