Matthew Algeo

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Matthew Algeo is an award-winning journalist and author. He has reported from four continents, and his stories have appeared on some of the most popular public radio programs in the United States. He has worked for St. Louis Public Radio, Maine Public Radio, Marketplace, and NPR. His most recent book is Abe & Fido: Lincoln’s Love of Animals and the Touching Story of His Favorite Canine Companion. His previous books include Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip, which was named one of the best books of 2009 by the Washington Post.

In addition to reporting and writing, Algeo has held jobs as a convenience store clerk, a gas station attendant, a Halloween costume salesman, and a proofreader. He also worked in a traveling circus (as a hot dog vendor; no acrobatics involved). Algeo holds a degree in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. His wife, Allyson, is a United States Foreign Service officer who has served in Mali, Mongolia, and Mozambique. They live in Newport with their daughter, Zaya.

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The director of the National Endowment for the Humanities met with nonprofit leaders in Rhode Island on Friday, urging them to continue seeking funding from his agency even though it faces an uncertain future.


An end of session impasse erupted at the State House Friday, leaving Rhode Island state government without a budget as the new fiscal year began Saturday.