Monika Evstatieva

Monika Evstatieva is a Senior Producer on Investigations.

She was previously a line producer on Weekend Edition, where she was responsible for putting the program on air and planning coverage.

Since coming to NPR in May 2006, Evstatieva has worked on various programs including Morning Edition, Tell Me More with Michel Martin, and All Things Considered. She has travelled throughout the United States to cover politics and the environment and has reported in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Russia, and Western Europe.

Over the years, Evstatieva has covered the migration crisis in Europe, the aftermath of the Bataclan shooting in Paris, the 2018 presidential elections in Russia, and the U.S. border wall dispute. Evstatieva has also covered multiple primary elections, inaugurations, and SXSW music events.

Evstatieva received multiple awards as part of the Tell Me More team, including an NABJ Salute to Excellence National Media Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award.

Evstatieva has a Master of Arts in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and business administration from American University in Bulgaria.

Evstatieva is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria.

Conspiracy theories need just the right ingredients to take off within a population, and the COVID-19 pandemic has been a breeding ground for them. A Pew Research Center survey recently asked people if they had heard the theory that the COVID-19 outbreak was intentionally planned by people in power. Seventy-one percent of U.S. adults said they had. And a third of those respondents said it was "definitely" or "probably" true.

In the wake of George Floyd's death, a flashpoint in the debates over police reform has been the push to ban chokeholds nationwide. Advocates believe that enshrining a ban into law will deter police violence.

And it's gaining traction. Congressional Democrats have proposed a legislative package that calls for a ban on all neck restraints. President Trump, though he stopped short of full support of a ban, said late last week that police should avoid using chokeholds. And the state of New York passed a law banning the tactic.

Who's the most famous person in Russia? That's easy: Vladimir Putin.

But the second most famous person in Russia? Arguably, that would be Ksenia Sobchak, a name that's not familiar to most Americans.

The huge former reality TV star has millions of followers on social media, and is running for president in Russia's elections on March 18 — a description that might sound familiar.

While the 36-year-old, who is also a journalist, is trying to channel President Trump, her outspokenness is of a different nature.

Just off the Las Vegas Strip, there's a big white building in a run-of-the-mill office complex where tourists can pay as little as $50 to shoot 25 rounds from an AK-47. A billboard out front with a busty woman wielding a machine gun advertises the "ultimate shooting experience."

From the parking lot, you can see the Mandalay Bay. That's the hotel where 58 people were killed and nearly 500 were wounded on Sunday night during a country music festival.