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The Comfort Of A Familiar Recipe At The End Of A Long Day

Barbara Brosher is a journalist and a homebaker. This week, how baking treats like her Best Banana Cookies helps her relax after a busy day in the newsroom.

Barbara Brosher is the senior news editor at WFIU/WTIU News. She also writes the blog The Broadcasting Baker.

Barbara Brosher is usually the one doing the interviewing, but for Earth Eats this week, she’s on the other side of the conversation. “I understand now why people are nervous when we put microphones in front of their faces,” she says.

She invited me over to her house to bake her Best Banana Cookies.

In addition to serving as the senior news editor at WFIU/WTIU News, she also writes the blog The Broadcasting Baker. And, perhaps most importantly for her colleagues (myself included), Barbara is the person in our office who brings in delicious treats. “I think it’s great to tell your colleagues and team members, tell them thank you sometimes,” she says.

She thrives in a deadline-driven environment, and even her down time can feel hectic. It’s been this way since journalism school, where she was also involved in the student TV station and newspaper. “I was great about doing my homework, but once that was done, I just can’t sit idle, and so I think I just turned to baking,” she says.

There was a time when she dreamed of writing for Cooking Light or perhaps attending culinary school, but for now, she’s satisfied with a career in the newsroom. But, she hasn’t completely written off baking as a pie-in-the-sky career change. Slinging these banana cookies at the farmers’ market sounds pretty good to her some days.

Listen to more with Barbara Brosher in this week’s podcast.

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Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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