Sheilah Kast is the host of Midday, Monday-Friday 12-1 pm. Originally, she hosted WYPR's Dupont-Columbia University award-winning Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast from 2006 - October 2015. She began her career at The Washington Star, where she covered the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, utilities, energy and taxes, as well as financial and banking regulation. She learned the craft of broadcasting at ABC News; as a Washington correspondent for fifteen years, she covered the White House, Congress, and the 1991 Moscow coup that signaled the end of the Soviet empire. Sheilah has been a substitute host on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Diane Rehm Show. She has launched and hosted two weekly interview shows on public TV, one about business and one about challenges facing older people.