Jesse Baker (USA) is Vice President of Original Content at Audible. She is the Executive Producer on Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel and the new true crime thriller West Cork. Jesse was the executive producer and co-creator of the NPR’s Ask Me Another. She previously held producing roles in NPR’s newsroom, on shows including Weekend Edition Sunday, Day to Day and All Things Considered. Jesse helped to create ESPN’s award-winning radio show The Sporting Life and worked on WNYC’s The Takeaway and Slate’s Culture Gabfest.
Johanna Bell is an award-winning author, Churchill Fellow and executive producer for the live storytelling podcast SPUN Stories. She runs Darwin-based creative agency, StoryProjects and is the Creative Director behind SPUN, ATMOS listening parties and InsideOUT, an audio storytelling project with women prisoners. When she’s not doing story stuff, you’ll probably find her out bush with a set of binoculars and a bird book.
Rudi Bremer has been a broadcaster since 2012. Having honed her skills at community radio, she initially joined the ABC as a master control technician before returning to her producer roots in 2017. She has a unique perspective on how the ABC works — from chasing interviews to switching satellites. As the producer of RN’s Awaye! Rudi relishes the opportunity to share her love of performing arts, literature and Indigenous languages — like her own, Gamilaraay, from Kamilaroi country.
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Collin Campbell (USA) has been a reporter, editor and producer for local and national news organisations on many platforms. He is the co-creator of The Takeaway, Freakonomics Radio and The Frame. His audio and radio work has appeared on NPR News programs, WNYC, KPCC, The World, and Marketplace. Collin is now an Executive Producer for Original Content at Audible, where he creates new on-demand programs and podcasts, like Sincerely, X and Ponzi Supernova.
Giordana Caputo is the CEO of the Community Media Training Organisation. Giordana is an Executive Producer of the National Features and Documentary Series, former Executive Producer of the FBi's All The Best and a former station manager of Brisbane's 4ZZZ. She earned a degree in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology, has a Certificate IV in training and assessment and has produced content for a range of media organisations including FBi, 4ZZZ, SBS Radio, Rave Magazine, The Australian Ballet and Media Monitors Australia.
Born in New Delhi, Masako Fukui is an English and Japanese bilingual writer, journalist and producer based in Sydney. She has worked at major media organisations including The New York Times, NHK, Nikkei, and has been a regular independent contributor at ABC RN. She produces audio stories on social history, religion, health, culture and food. She has won Australian and international awards for her radio documentaries.
Leona Hameed produces It’s Not A Race, ABC RN’s podcast about race, identity and culture and daily current affairs program ABC RN Drive. She’s previously produced politics podcast The Party Room, stories for All The Best and the Meanjin podcast, written for The Lifted Brow and presented on ‘Hidden Voices of Podcasting’ at the Emerging Writers Festival.
Natalie Kestecher blends documentary material, performance, fact and fiction to create unusual stories for public broadcasters, podcasts and publications around the world. She’s won numerous international awards for her work including the Prix Marulic in Croatia, the Third Coast Festival in Chicago and several New York Festival medals. She’s also a marriage celebrant and fiction writer and is currently working on a podcast series and novel as part of a practice lead PhD.
Jaye Kranz is a documentary audio producer, writer and musician. Her documentaries have featured on numerous ABC RN shows, the BBC and the Third Coast Festival Podcast. She hosted, produced and directed The Radio Hour: the sellout nonfiction radio storytelling event for the Melbourne Writers Festival/RN. She’s mentored in audio storytelling; presented at Audiocraft’s 2016 Conference; published fiction, nonfiction and written for film. Jaye’s self-produced album The Wolves was nominated for the Australian Music Prize.
Eleanor McDowall (UK) is a senior producer at Falling Tree Productions and runs Radio Atlas in her spare time. She's the series producer of BBC Radio 4's Short Cuts—a space for new, innovative short documentaries from around the world—and has produced long-form documentaries on roller derby, Italo Calvino and the art of professional wrestling amongst other things.
Chris Mottes (DEN) is the CEO of Hindenburg. He has more than 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship, management and business development in London, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Before joining the Hindenburg team in 2011, Chris successfully founded several media companies including Deadline Film and TV, Deadline Games, Vision Park Entertainment and Six Ravens Capital.
Areej Nur is a radio producer, presenter and educator. She is also co-founder of podcast network, Broadwave. Most of Areej’s work seeks to support women of colour, particularly black women, to be at the forefront of discussions about media, art, race and feminism in Australia.
Eric Nuzum (USA) loves hearing stories and telling stories. He is the Senior Vice President of Original Content Development at Audible, where he is building a portfolio of ground-breaking spoken word programs, like Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel, The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson and Sincerely, X. Before coming to Audible, Eric was the Vice President for Programming at NPR. While there, he started and ran NPR’s podcasting efforts as well as created a number of well-known shows, like Invisibilia, TED Radio Hour and Ask Me Another.
Martin Peralta is a award-winning audio engineer, digital producer and sound designer. You’ll mostly find him at ABC studios working across RN programs and ABC podcasts like Ladies We Need Talk, Little Tiny and Walkley Award winning Trace. His work as part of SBS My Grandmother's Lingo team won a 2017 Webby Award, SXSW Interactive Innovation Award, and the 2016 Walkley Award for Multimedia Storytelling. He also works with Gimlet Media, on podcasts Science Vs, Crimetown and StartUp, and many other podcasts.
Katie Rogers (UK) is the Product Owner for Content at Acast, the world’s leading audio on demand technology platform. Katie has been with Acast for more than 2 years, and is currently responsible for the development of tools to help empower content creators to grow their shows and think creatively about content distribution and creation. Before joining Acast, Katie worked as a freelance radio producer after completing her masters in Radio Production at Goldsmiths University, London.
Robert Smith (CAN / USA) is a host and correspondent for NPR’s Planet Money, a show that explains the global economy in the least boring way possible. While holding a microphone, Robert has drilled for crude oil, launched a satellite into space, and harvested cotton for the Planet Money T-shirt. His investigation into how Wells Fargo bank punished its employees won a Peabody award in 2017. Previously Robert was the New York correspondent for NPR and worked in local radio in Seattle, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
A Gomeroi man from Moree NSW, Danny Teece-Johnson has been studying and working in film for nearly 15 years, and is currently the Output Producer for NITV News and Current Affairs team. He worked with Indigenous youth to write and direct Songline to Happiness, receiving Best Short Documentary at the 2012 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. His production company, Gondwana Productions has produced over 200 hours of content for NITV. Danny has also produced broadcast works for ABC, SBS, BBC 4 and the Foxtel Network and was the NITV Northern Territory Correspondent for 5 years.
Jon Tjhia is a radio maker, musician and writer whose career-long focus has been on prodding boundaries between pop and experimental forms. He is the co-founder of the podcast Paper Radio, the co-editor of the Australian Audio Guide and the Wheeler Centre’s senior digital editor. His work includes Better Off Dead (2016), and The Messenger (2017), which won several awards including the New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Trophy, and Walkley for Best Radio/Audio Feature. He most recently released music with the group Speed Painters.
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Sophie Townsend is a senior producer and editor in ABC Audio Studios, and her feature-making work is internationally recognised. In 2015 she won the HearSay International Audio competition with her piece ‘Mr Fix-it’. Her works ‘Stories and Driving’ and ‘The Updates’ were featured at Third Coast in 2015, and she was a Walkley Award nominee for her documentary ‘Cancer as a Battleground’. She regularly makes work for the BBC’s Short Cuts, and has also featured in CBC’s Love Me and Radiotopia’s The Heart. In 2017, she was script editor on Trace, the ABC’s most successful podcast ever.
Beverley Wang is a journalist, host and creator of the ABC podcast It’s Not A Race, and the producer and co-host of Stop Everything! on ABC RN, a weekly program focusing on the politics of the pop culture that consumes us. From 2012-2017 she was the Executive Producer of RN. Originally from Canada, Beverley moved to Australia in 2009.
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Joel Werner is an Executive Producer with ABC Audio Studios, and hosts the podcast Sum of All Parts. In 2011 Joel created the ABC RN program Off Track, before relocating to the U.S. During a two-year stint in NYC, Joel worked for shows including Radiolab, Freakonomics, and 99% Invisible, with whom he won a Third Coast International Audio Festival Award. Joel also produced the ABC astronomy podcast Cosmic Vertigo.
Helen Zaltzman (UK) is a podcast host and producer. With no relevant experience or skills, in January 2007 she started the comedy show Answer Me This in her living room in suburban London. 11 years and more than 350 episodes and a book adaptation later, it is one of Britain's longest running podcasts. In 2015 she began the linguistics podcast The Allusionist for the prestigious Radiotopia collective; it was named Apple Podcasts' best new show of 2015.