Polly began working in public radio while earning a graduate degree in history. She realized the work is remarkably like being a perpetual graduate student, so she stayed. Polly has worked for a variety of news and public affairs programs, including “Health Dialogues” for The California Report on KQED and Forum with Michael Krasny. Before that, she was a producer on AirTalk with Larry Mantle on KPCC Radio, and "These Days" on KPBS Radio. Polly’s work has won awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association of Northern California, the Society of Professional Journalists (Southern California and Northern California chapters), the Radio and Television News Association and a Taste Award. She considers herself to be a citizen of the world, having grown up in Cairo before coming to America. Polly speaks Arabic and can say, "I’d like a martini, please" in Swahili.