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Drizin Steps Up to MQ2

Julie Drizin

For immediate release:                                                                        
June 29, 2009

Erin Mishkin
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Drizin Steps Up to MQ2

Boston:  There’s change in the air with Public Radio Makers Quest 2.0 (MQ2), an initiative from the Association of Independents in Radio, Inc. (AIR) cultivating new, producer-driven projects that are cutting new edges on the frontier of traditional and digital media craft. Talent Manager Ingrid Lakey, who’s led the project since its September 2008 launch, goes on maternity leave on July 1st, handing the reins of project management to public radio veteran Julie Drizin.

Drizin is an award-winning producer and manager whose long and distinguished career began at WXPN in Philadelphia. Her path included positions as News Director for Pacifica Radio, Senior Producer of NPR’s “Justice Talking,” Managing Producer of News Talk Programming at WETA in Washington, DC and, most recently, Assistant Director at J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. While at J-Lab, Drizin tracked and promoted digital media innovation and participatory journalism. She managed the New Voices citizen media project and the New Media Women’s Entrepreneur grant initiatives which attracted hundreds of submissions.     

“Julie has some big shoes to fill,” said Sue Schardt, AIR’s Executive Director. “We’re excited at the experience and new thinking she will bring to MQ2, and to the impact our producers are having as they help to lead and reshape the industry.”  

Drizin will step into Lakey’s role as principal liaison to the MQ2’s eight producers whose projects are underway and with the station and network MQ2 incubators and partners: NPR, APM, KPCC in Los Angeles, Youth Radio, PRI’s Studio 360/WNYC in New York, and KUOW in Seattle.


AIR was established in 1988. Its extensive social and professional network of 775 producers and associates is at the center of unprecedented technology-driven change, rich with opportunity to define and redefine sound art and media — public media in particular. Central to AIR’s mission is providing support, training, and advocacy necessary for preparing thousands of audio creatives to lead the way to engaging more listeners, and to carry their inspiration to both traditional and emerging outlets.

Funding for MQ2.0 is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Robert E. Davoli and Eileen L. McDonagh Charitable Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.