Distillations Podcast / Chemical Heritage Foundation (October 2007 – present)
Co-creator/Senior Producer: Produce chemistry podcast for the Philadelphia-based non-profit Chemical Heritage Foundation. Recruited and currently supervise international team of nearly 200 independent producers to create content for the show. Write host transitions, revise and edit commentaries, interviews, and features, and mix each podcast for a broad audience. 15,000 downloads / month.
Public Radio Freelance Producer/Reporter (June 2000 – present)
Produce spot news, feature stories, and museum tours for local, national, and international broadcast. Cover a wide range of topics including science and technology, education, business, arts, and the environment. Work closely with executive producers and editorial teams. For each news item or feature: conduct background research, gather tape, write scripts, edit, voice, and mix stories for on-air use. Programs include: Pulse of the Planet, The Sound and Story Project, IEEE Spectrum Radio, The Tavis Smiley Show, KQED Radio News, The California Report, Latino USA, and Antenna Audio.
B-Side Radio (September 2001 – present)
Founding Producer: Write, edit, and produce alternative 30-minute monthly radio program and podcast. Focus on first-person narratives and untold stories from the Bay Area and beyond. Work with a team of producers/editors to conceive show themes, find and train reporters, and thoroughly edit all pieces to meet our high standards for writing, reporting and sound production.
Tellme Networks – Creative Services (June 2003 – December 2006)
Audio Producer: Worked closely with project managers, UI designers, developers and QA engineers to produce top-quality voice activated phone systems used by millions of callers a day. Responsibilities included working with a design team to create a natural-sounding user interface, directing voice talent to match character specifications, recording, editing and delivering audio files using Pro-Tools and in-house audio management software, and tuning completed applications to sound seamless. Managed multiple projects in a fast-paced, high-tech environment. Clients included UPS, USAA, Merrill Lynch, and worldwide directory assistance.
National Public Radio – The Tavis Smiley Show (February 2003)
Fill-in Producer: Pitched and produced show segments, wrote and edited scripts, booked guests, digitally edited interview segments, prepared stories/interviews for national network, participated in editorial staff meetings, and performed other duties as required.
Youth Radio (September 2001 – January 2003)
Producer/Educator: Produced commentaries, public affairs programming, and feature-length pieces for local and national broadcast on commercial and public radio stations/programs including: Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, KCBS, and KQED. Taught beginning and advanced radio broadcast classes to young people ages 14-18 and supervised interns ages 16-24. Training included: news and commentary writing, public affairs production, booking guests, feature reporting, gathering tape, script writing, voicing, editing, mixing, and post-production.
Terrain Magazine (August 1999 – May 2001)
Editorial Manager: Hired, trained and managed team of editorial assistants for Northern California environmental magazine. Assisted editor-in-chief with copyediting, researching, art/photo selection, correspondence, fact checking, administrative duties and some writing assignments.
TEACHING AND RELATED EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Professor – CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (Fall 2010 – present)
Fundamentals of Multimedia Storytelling
Teach 6-week intensive intro audio class to first-semester graduate students. Emphasis on recording, writing, and voicing radio news stories in a concise and conversational style. Focus on short news spots and voicers, from 20 seconds to two minutes.
This advanced level workshop focuses on creating and packaging news and information for broadcast and download via the internet. Students will rotate duties as producers, reporters, and editors on a professionally hosted and produced news magazine. Prerequisite: Audio News Writing & Reporting or permission of the instructor.
January Academy – Sound Science
In this hands-on audio workshop, students learn to take a complex scientific idea or story, break it down into character, plot, and setting, and develop it into an engaging narrative for a wide audience. Students discuss how to find and talk to scientists, how to get scientists to talk to you in a language everyone can understand, and how to make science sing. Plus, students learn how to fact-check science stories for accuracy and balance. Students will workshop and pitch their ideas in class. The “winning” pitch may be produced for Distillations, the chemistry podcast.
Adjunct Professor – Marist College (Fall 2010)
COM285 History of Broadcasting
Taught semester-long course for upper-level broadcast majors. Course is an overview of broadcasting in a historical and social context. For each decade since the advent of wireless communications, students learn to define and understand the events that shaped broadcasting and how broadcasting influenced those events.
Instructor/Facilitator (Spring 2009 – present)
Sound and Story Project: My Music. My Story (for teens): What’s the song you play over and over again? The one you cue up when you want to dance, relax, reminisce or dream? Bring that special song to this workshop and you’ll discover how to weave your story with your song into a one-of-a-kind remix. In the process you’ll leave how to conduct an audio interview using the latest digital recorders and how to edit sound using free audio editing software.
Wing and Clover: Teach Intro to Digital Audio Storytelling workshops – basic digital audio recording & editing to produce public-radio-style features, oral histories, and other sound-rich documentaries. Includes interview and recording techniques, tips for telling stories with sound, and basic digital editing/mixing.
Bard College/Citizen Science: Taught Sound Science, a hands-on audio workshop in which students learn to take a complex scientific idea or story, break it down into character, plot, and setting, and develop it into an engaging narrative for a wide audience. Includes basic digital recording and editing, how to write for the ear, how to talk to scientists, and how to talk about science in an interesting and accessible way.
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism: Designed and taught 4-session podcast production class. Students learned to produce a podcast from pitch development to final distribution and marketing.
KALX-FM: Taught half-day workshops to UC Berkeley undergrads interested in working at college radio station. Covered best recording practices, audio editing, voicing, script writing and mixing for on-air use.
Founder/Organizer (May 2007 – present)
Freelance Café: Created and manage support, networking, and resource collective for freelancers, artists, contractors, and other independents. Coordinate email communication and monthly gatherings. Provide job postings, grant opportunities, and event listings to diverse Bay Area/Hudson Valley group.
Photojournalist (July 1989 – May 2001)
Press Photographer: Provided press photographs and headshots for small production companies throughout the Bay Area.
Photojournalist: Hartford Courant and La Nacion (Santiago, Chile) – Photographed national news events, press conferences, sports, theater productions, protest demonstrations, and presidential inaugurations. Assisted in editing process working closely with head photography editor and staff photographers.
Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley
Masters of Journalism, May 2001
Key coursework: Radio journalism, photojournalism, cultural reporting, magazine publishing, copyediting.
Thesis: The Redevelopment of Bayview Hunters Point – a half hour radio documentary on the environmental injustice faced by an African American community living in one of San Francisco’s most toxic neighborhoods.
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Bachelor of Arts, May 1997
Universidad de Chile, Santiago
Semester Study Abroad, Spring/Summer 1996
Focus of Study: Anthropology, Photojournalism
Voice Media, San Francisco, CA
Beginning and advanced voice over workshops including character building, narration, and acting for voiceover.
HONORS AND AWARDS
2011 Winner: Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award – The Great Textbook War (Associate Producer)
2010 Winner: Peabody Award – The Great Textbook War (Associate Producer)
2009 Winner: New York Festivals Award – Distillations (Senior Producer)
2009 Fellow: Knight Digital Media Center’s Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop
2009 Fellow: SoundVision Productions’ Science Literacy Project
2006 Winner: Red Sox Award For Doing the Impossible – Tellme Networks
2003 Winner: NFCB Silver Reel Award – B-side’s “Caught on Tape”(Producer)
2001 Winner: Peabody Award – Youth Radio (Associate Producer)
2001 Winner: PRNDI Award for Student Soft Feature – Computers with Voices (reporter)
2001 Winner: North Gate Prize for Excellence in Radio Reporting
SKILLS AND INTERESTS
Digital audio/video production, Pro-Tools, Audacity, Reaper, basic Final Cut, Soundslides, WordPress, familiarity with AP Style, proficient Spanish. Blogging, podasting, baking, reading, music, hiking, baseball.