Keith Porter was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, in 1965. He is currently executive producer and co-host of the Stanley Foundation’s nationally syndicated radio program on world affairs, Common Ground. He also serves as manager of the foundation’s Media Programs department, contributing to a variety of foundation publications.
Porter holds an M.S. in communication from Illinois State University where he served as a graduate teaching assistant in broadcasting and speech communication. He began his career in radio in 1982 in Effingham, Illinois, and later worked as a reporter and announcer in Normal and Bloomington, Illinois. Porter was a finalist for the 1995, 1996, and 1997 Livingston Award for Young Journalists. For Common Ground, he has reported from Germany, Austria, Cuba, Japan, South Africa, Eritrea, Uganda, Tanzania, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
Porter and his wife, Debora, have a daughter, Hanna, and two sons, Thomas and Joseph.