Come watch and listen as professional radio journalists tell an evening’s worth of stories, some live, some recorded, along with tales, some too silly, some too dark or personal, to make their way out to audiences of millions. This evening we’ll focus on tales from backstage, between the folds and behind the scenes – the tape, info. and crazy bits that can’t be shared on air. This event will not be recorded so turn off your cell phones and focus on the here and now before the tellers and tales both, slip away into the dark anonymous folds of history.
Ann Heppermann is a Brooklyn-based, independent radio/multimedia documentary producer and educator. Her work has aired on numerous public radio stations, including: This American Life, Radiolab, Studio 360, Marketplace and many others. A Peabody Award-winning producer, she also has received awards from the Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow, and Third Coast International Audio Festival. From 2010-11, she was a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism fellow, reporting on perinatal depression and pre-teen eating disorders for NPR and Ms. Magazine. In 2011, she was named a United States Artists (USA) Fellow with Kara Oehler. Recently, she has been a series producer for Marketplace’s Economy 4.0 series with David Brancaccio, WQXR and Studio 360. She is also a faculty member teaching radio writing and radio drama at Sarah Lawrence College.
Scott Gurian reports on New Jersey’s Sandy recovery for WNYC and NJ Spotlight. Previously, he was a producer at The Takeaway, and he spent five years as News Director at public radio station KGOU in Norman, Oklahoma, where he covered everything from the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary and political wrangling at the state capitol to rattlesnake festivals and the annual prison rodeo. Scott’s work has aired on NPR, the BBC, and dozens of public radio stations and programs. He’s won numerous awards including a national and two regional RTNDA Edward R. Murrows. He loves going on radio adventures and hopes to do more international reporting.
Sally Herships is an award winning journalist who’s been making radio for over a decade. She’s produced or reported for BBC World Service, NPR, WNYC, The New York Times and Studio 360. She’s put in many hours at Radio Lab and is a regular contributor to public radio’s Marketplace. Sally teaches writing for radio at Sarah Lawrence and her stress eating food of choice is the crinkle-cut potato chip.
Ilya Marritz is a reporter at WNYC – New York Public Radio, covering business. He’s reported stories for NPR, Marketplace, and for German and Czech radio, and recently played Young Scrooge in WQXR’s radio-play production of “A Christmas Carol.” He lives in Brooklyn and enjoys community gardening.
Shia Levitt has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED and numerous other public radio outlets. She has covered stories from the US, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and has taught radio to teens in both the US and Haiti. She recently co-taught her first Radio Rookies workshop to New York City high school students. Shia loves photography, hiking and plotting to move to Northern California.