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Meet Dara & Maya – Hosts of ‘And Another Thing’

Dara Kennedy (left) and Maya Shwayder (right)


Dara Kennedy is a broadcast journalist who recently spent over five years working abroad as an anchor, producer, and speaker. She has been on Emmy-winning production teams and as a host and reporter has covered news and politics to sports and business. Kennedy has delivered worldly breaking news and top stories and has interviewed top names for TV networks in America, London, and the Middle East. She has also served as a foreign correspondent covering Africa and the Americas. Her education and training include the London School of Economics, Peking University in China, the Big Ten and CNN international as an intern.

Dara will be familiar to viewers in New England as she was the first African American woman to anchor NESN’s nightly flagship show in Boston. She also hosted several broadcasts of NEPM’s Connecting Point last fall, including the primetime television special, “Generation Vote.”


Maya Shwayder grew up outside Detroit and attended Harvard College and Columbia Journalism School. She spent four years in New York City as a local reporter writing for a variety of outlets, eventually becoming the UN Correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, before moving abroad to pursue a TV career.

Maya spent over 4 years based in Berlin, traveling around Europe and the US, as an international correspondent and anchor for Deutsche Welle/DW News, Germany’s international broadcaster. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic and the Daily Beast, among others. Most recently, she has worked as a host for WCRB, as well as a writer for Business Insider and The Boston Globe, covering education, privacy and technology.