Mornings with NPR: Public radio inspires cartoonist

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Alex Olanow

Alex Olanow usually listens to "Morning Edition" on New York member station WNYC. But we asked her to tune in to KPCC for a while to see if any of our stories inspired her. She heard a story by reporter Brian Watt about Metrolink rate hikes. That story inspired this drawing.

When you listen to "Morning Edition" here on KPCC, you probably are looking to get the latest news and information. That’s what Alex Olanow of New York does, too, but she also listens for artistic inspiration. Hear her chat with KPCC's Alex Cohen by clicking on the player above.

Alex Olanow is the creator of a blog called “Mornings with NPR,” where she creates cartoons based on pieces she hears on her radio.

She says the project got started when she asked a friend about what it would take to get into editorial cartooning. He knew Olanow was a big NPR fan so he encouraged her to make drawings based on what she heard.

Olanow started e-mailing the results to a small group of friends. Soon they started asking for more and so the budding journalist decided to create a website sharing her drawings.

The site has been a huge hit. Olanow says some of her biggest fans are NPR employees. Hosts Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne even once sent her a goody bag, complete with "Morning Edition" mugs, hats and, of course, the proverbial tote bag.

Take a look at some of Olanow's NPR-inspired work:

Alex Olanow usually listens to "Morning Edition" on New York member station WNYC. But we asked her to tune in to KPCC for a while to see if any of our stories inspired her. She heard a story by reporter Brian Watt about Metrolink rate hikes . That story inspired this drawing:

We hope that this piece inspires you! Take a listen to KPCC. If something you hear inspires you to draw something, send it our way at pix@kpcc.org

We hope to post your drawings online soon.

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