I am a career public radio producer with a track record of creating programming that responds to the changing media landscape. After cutting my teeth in the late 1990s at Public Interest—a talk show produced at WAMU in Washington and distributed nationally to public radio stations by NPR—I spent a decade in new program development. From launching Rhode Island’s first public radio program in 2000, to creating the award-winning, national talk show On Point after the 9-11 attacks, I have developed a unique perspective on the radio medium specifically, and journalism in general.
In 2008 I led the effort to launch The Takeaway, a new national public radio program and online site, arguably the most ambitious endeavor in public radio in more than two decades. This new, morning drive program brought together WNYC-New York Public Radio, Public Radio International, The BBC World Service, The New York Times, and WGBH Radio and Television to expand public radio’s reach and influence in American media, across multiple platforms. After going on-air in April, 2008 in New York and Boston, the program quickly gained an audience and major markets. As executive producer of The Takeaway, I oversaw the expansion of the program to four hours daily. I then returned to Boston, MA and worked on a series of multimedia projects, including helping to start The Mediavore, a public media focused Website, and Cengage Learning’s Global Economic Watch.
As Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism in the University of Michigan’s Communication Studies department from 2009 to 2011, I developed a series of courses examining the role of the media in a democracy.