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Amy Ta

Washington , District of Columbia,  20002

Available For : Acting, Arts reporting, Commentary/editorials, Field Recording, Interviewing, News Reporting, Post production, Sound Editing and Mixing, Multimedia, Public Radio, Voiceover, 

Equipement/Studio : Adobe Lightroom

Media Experience : Multimedia production, Social media strategy, 

Bio : I produced NPR\'s Tell Me More from 2010 to 2014 -- cutting audio on deadline, writing scripts, booking guests, engineering interviews, directing the live broadcast, writing the web rundown, and shooting photos. NPR ended Tell Me More permanently on August 1, 2014. Now I\'m working with various other NPR units, including Weekend Edition, All Things Considered and Newscast.

Robynn Takayama
Independent Producer

San Francisco , California,  94110

415-948-8702 (Cel)

Available For : Arts reporting, Documentary production, Environmental Reporting, Field Recording, Interviewing, Mentoring, News Reporting, Sound Editing and Mixing, Tape Syncs, Multimedia, Public Radio, Voiceover, 

Equipement/Studio : Hard Disc/Flash recorder, Minidisk Recorders, Pro Tools, Soundslides, 

Media Experience : Audio Art, Community Radio, Radio Documentary, Multimedia production, Podcasting, 

Bio : Robynn Takayama has contributed to national and local public radio programs and the Peabody-awarded documentary on Asian American history, Crossing East.

Her audio work has also been presented through video, web, and gallery installation in San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Robynn has served as a board member of the Association of Independents in Radio and served on the CPB-funded Makers Quest Talent Committee, charged with finding the most imaginative producers, reporters, and sound artists and urging them to take public radio beyond its traditional airwaves.

Notes : * Society of Professional Journalists Award for Investigative Journalism, 2007
* George Foster Peabody award for Crossing East, 2007
* Asian American Journalists Association National Journalism award winner in Radio--Asian American Subject Matter, 2007
* Asian American Journalists Association National Journalism award winner in Radio--Unlimited Subject Matter, 2006

Megan Tan

Portland , Maine,  04101

6149401148 (Cel)

Available For : Consulting, Documentary production, Field Recording, Interviewing, News Reporting, Tape Syncs, Multimedia, Print Reporting, Public Radio, Voiceover, Program development, 

Equipement/Studio : Adobe Audition, Final Cut Pro, 

Media Experience : Radio Documentary, Web Design, Multimedia production, Podcasting, 
photojournalism, filmmaking

Bio : Megan Tan is a radio producer, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. She graduated in photojournalism from Western Kentucky University, one of the top departments in the country. Before graduating, she served two news outlets, including The Chautauquan Daily and The Minneapolis Star-Tribune as a photojournalist, interned at WNYC\'s Radiolab as a production assistant, independently created a handful of award-winning short documentaries including Miss Parker Bennett (2014), and has been featured as a director at the 2012 Sprout Film Festival in NYC for her short documentary \"Watching Over.\" Her work has been recognized in the National Press Photographers Association, the William Randolph Hearst competition and College Photographer of the Year. Currently, she is the founder of \"Millennial,\" a podcast series about how to maneuver your 20s, captured in real time.

Keiko Tanaka
Global Voices

Tokyo , Tokyo,  162-0837

Available For : Commentary/editorials, Documentary production, Field Recording, Interviewing, Music programming, News Reporting, Non-English Languages, Promotion and Marketing, Multimedia, Print Reporting, Public Radio, Voiceover, 

Equipement/Studio : Hard Disc/Flash recorder, 
Adobe master collection CS5

Media Experience : Community Radio, International Reporting, Print Media, Multimedia production, On-air talent, Slideshow production, Social media strategy, 
teaching, lectures, public speaking

Bio : Studied Journalism at Sophia University, worked as a reporter for community radio station in West Tokyo. Finished 3 different DJ/reporter/narrator seminars by 3 different management companies.

Experience in live-reporting, interviews, writing Q-sheet, advertising and marketing , campaign analysis.

Notes : Civic Media, Public Media enthusiast. Youth Media Advocate.
Absolute pitch, hip hop community workshop organizer.

Heather Taylor
Heather Taylor Media

4317 Argyle Terrace, NW
Washington , District of Columbia,  20011-4243

(202) 365-4714 (Home)

Available For : Acting, Arts reporting, Commentary/editorials, Consulting, Documentary production, Field Recording, Interviewing, Promotion and Marketing, Tape Syncs, Multimedia, Print Reporting, Public Radio, Voiceover, Program development, 

Equipement/Studio : Adobe Audition, Cassette Recorder, Hard Disc/Flash recorder, FTP, ISDN etc, Specialized mics, 

Media Experience : Audio Art, Commercial Radio, Community Radio, Radio Documentary, Radio Drama, Television, Print Media, On-air talent, Podcasting, 

Bio : I produce feature stories for WAMU-FM\'s public radio program, Metro Connection, a weekly show that focuses on life in DC, Maryland and Virginia. My work includes pitching story ideas; conducting and recording interviews; writing and editing scripts; mixing the audio for broadcast and writing web stories, based on the broadcast.

In addition, I\'ve been a freelance writer for more than a decade. My stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Washington Post, Family Fun Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Features Syndicate, the AARP Work Blog and findingthejobs.com. I\'m also the author of a train lover\'s travel guide, Where the Trains Are! Wonderful North American Train Attractions for Kids of All Ages (Prima/Random House).

I received an M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, a B.A. in Political Science, from Kenyon College and live in Washington, DC.

Notes : I\'m particularly interested in stories/multimedia projects related to entrepreneurship, work and careers and also international topics.

Cintia Taylor
Freelance Journalist Amsterdam

Amsterdam , Amsterdam,  1073BK
0031621104066 (Cel)

Available For : Acting, Arts reporting, Commentary/editorials, Consulting, Documentary production, Environmental Reporting, Field Recording, Interviewing, Mentoring, News Reporting, Non-English Languages, Tape Syncs, Print Reporting, Public Radio, Voiceover, Program development, 

Equipement/Studio : Hard Disc/Flash recorder, Specialized mics, 

Media Experience : Audio Art, Commercial Radio, International Reporting, Radio Documentary, Television, Print Media, On-air talent, 

Bio : I\'m a reporter/producer/presenter based in Amsterdam (Netherlands) working for international broadcasters.

I report on a wide range of issues: Dutch politics, post-conflict events, society & lifestyle, environment, arts & culture.

My work can be heard/seen/read on media such as Radio France International, France24, Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands, The Daily Beast, Monocle24, among others...

Some highlights of my career include: reports on the Srebrenica massacre; Kosovo\\\\\\\'s independence; interview with Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa; honorable mention by the European Commission on a radio co-production about the EU\\\\\\\'s enlargement in 2004.

Languages: English, Portuguese (working languages); Spanish, Dutch, French

Nadene Thériault-Copeland
New Adventures in Sound Art

Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St #252
Toronto , Ontario,  M6G 4C7
416-652-5115 (Office)
416-910-7231 (Home)

Available For : Mentoring, 
web-radio broadcasting 24-hour radio art (NAISA Radio - www.naisa.ca/webcast)

Equipement/Studio : NAISA Space rentals: for Exhibitions, Concerts. fully equipped with sound & lighting

Media Experience : Audio Art, Community Radio, Radio Documentary, Radio Drama, Multimedia production, 

Bio : New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit organization that produces performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound and radio art. Included in its Toronto productions are: Deep Wireless, Sound Travels, Art\'s Birthday and SOUNDplay. The objectives of NAISA are to foster awareness and understanding locally, as well as nationally and internationally, in the cultural vitality of experimental sound art in its myriad forms of expression. This objective will be achieved through the exploration of new sound technologies in conjunction with the creation of cultural events and artifacts.

Notes : NAISA programs many workshops throughout the year for artists and produces the Deep Wireless festival of Radio & Transmission Art which also includes the TransX Transmission Art Symposium (formally the Radio Without Boundaries conference) in May of each year. We also include residencies as part of our festivals: Deep Wireless, Sound Travels and SOUNDplay.

Danielle Thomsen

Bozeman , Montana,  59715


Available For : Arts reporting, Commentary/editorials, Documentary production, Environmental Reporting, Grant Writing, Interviewing, Public Radio, Program development, 

Equipement/Studio : Hindenburg

Sedge Thomson
West Coast Live

Berkeley , California,  94704


Available For : Acting, Arts reporting, Commentary/editorials, Consulting, Documentary production, Field Recording, Interviewing, Mentoring, Music programming, News Reporting, Post production, Promotion and Marketing, Sound Editing and Mixing, Multimedia, Print Reporting, Public Radio, Voiceover, Program development, 
Live remotes in unusual locations

Equipement/Studio : DAT Recorders, Hard Disc/Flash recorder, FTP, ISDN etc, Recording Studio, Specialized mics, 
various audio editing;

Media Experience : Audio Art, Commercial Radio, Community Radio, International Reporting, Radio Documentary, Radio Drama, Television, Web Design, Print Media, Multimedia production, On-air talent, Podcasting, Social media strategy, 
Live location broadcasts internationally

Bio : Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live -- San Francisco's Radio Show to the World Since 1994
Over 1000 live-to-air 2 hour shows of conversation, music and play.

Named "Most Innovative Radio Show" by NY Radio Festival 2012-2013

Notes : for full list of shows, guests, podcasts http://WCL.org

Producer: Case Conover
Ed.-in-Chief/Impresario: Sedge Thomson

Gioia Timpanelli

PO Box 492
Bearsville , New York,  12409

Media Experience : Audio Art, Radio Drama, Television, 

Bio : JGTimpanelli: Joyce Gioia Timpanelli 2007-2009: Public Radio Told and Retold (a one hour story almanac),created, wrote, produced and broadcast monthly series with producer and director Sarah Montague, (producer of Selected Shorts) on PRX (2008-2009) site. \"Winter\" and \"Spring\" aired North Country Public, WJFF Jeffersonville, New Hampshire Public, Oregon Public. \"March\"(North Country Public); \"This Time of Year\" (WJFF) \"Stories from An Irish Storyteller\"(produced in Ireland and North Country Public)
Public Television and NYC Educational Television (12 years) : Creator, Producer, Broadcaster for Eight television series on literature (15 or 30 programs each series): e.g. Stories from My House, Come, Read Me A Poem, A Trip to Italy, African Anthology. These programs were broadcast on Public Televisions stations throughout USA. She won an Emmy Citation for the Story Series and an Emmy Citation to Timpanelli for \"Stories from Viet Nam.\"
Author of: What Makes a Child Lucky (WW Norton, 2008); Stones for the Hours of the Night; Tales from the Roof of the World: Folk Tales from Tibet; Traveling Images & Observations and Sometimes the Soul Two Novellas of Sicily (WW Norton, Vintage Contemporaries) won The American Book Award, 1999.

Daniel Tkacik
I Wonder... / WRCT-Pittsburgh

254 Emerson Street,  Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania,  15206
United States
7702560469 (Cel)

Available For : Documentary production, Environmental Reporting, Field Recording, Interviewing, News Reporting, Tape Syncs, Print Reporting, Public Radio, Voiceover, 

Equipement/Studio : Recording Studio, 

Media Experience : Radio Documentary, Print Media, Podcasting, 

Bio : Daniel Tkacik co-hosts and produces a science radio program and podcast called \"I Wonder...\" which, in each episode, takes on an interesting question and tries to answer it through interviews and storytelling. The program airs on WRCT-Pittsburgh and is available online as a podcast. He co-produces and hosts the show alongside fellow Ph.D. student Ellis Robinson.

Clare Toeniskoetter
WNYC Intern

New York , New York,  11238
2488952622 (Cel)

Available For : Arts reporting, Field Recording, Interviewing, Non-English Languages, Sound Editing and Mixing, Tape Syncs, Multimedia, Public Radio, 

Equipement/Studio : Adobe Audition, Hard Disc/Flash recorder, FTP, ISDN etc, Pro Tools, 

Media Experience : Community Radio, On-air talent, Podcasting, 

Bio : I am currently interning with Radiolab at WNYC. My past radio experience includes a year-long internship at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor where I pitched stories, pre-interviewed guests, gathered audio and edited pieces for air and four years with University of Michigan campus radio WCBN as a Board of Directors member, on-air DJ and events organizer. I have also done freelance tape-syncs, which I am available for in the New York City area.

Diane Toomey

46 Flett Road
Belmont , Massachusetts,  02478
United States
(617) 489-6055 (Office)
(818) 679-3695 (Cel)

Available For : Documentary production, Environmental Reporting, Field Recording, Mentoring, News Reporting, Tape Syncs, Public Radio, Voiceover, 

Equipement/Studio : Hard Disc/Flash recorder, 

Media Experience : Radio Documentary, 

Bio : Diane began her public radio career as a producer and substitute host for the Marketplace Morning Report. She then became the health/science and environment reporter for WUNC, out of Chapel Hill, NC. Diane was the science editor at Living on Earth and was the senior editor the World Vision Report. She is the co-producer/co-founder of 470 Productions, a public radio production company specializing in nature/animal issues. Its inaugural documentary, From Cages to Conservation, American Zoos: Inside Out, was co-produced by WBUR\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s documentary unit, and aired on almost 100 stations throughout the country, including a number of major markets.
Diane\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s freelance reports have been heard on The World, Here & Now, Studio 360 and Only A Game. She has won numerous awards, including the American Institute of Biological Sciences’ Media Award, the Society of Professional Journalists\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, the Public Radio News Directors Award for Enterprise Reporting, and the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Award for Best Radio Documentary as well as for Best Feature.
In addition to her public radio work, she was a field producer on a Discovery Health Channel series on alternative medicine.

Jeff Towne

PO Box 256
Chester Springs , Pennsylvania,  19425


Available For : Consulting, Field Recording, Music recording, Sound Editing and Mixing, 

Equipement/Studio : Hard Disc/Flash recorder, Pro Tools, Specialized mics, 

Media Experience : Audio Art, Community Radio, Radio Documentary, Web Design, Print Media, 

Bio : In more than 15 years with the nationally-syndicated radio program Echoes, Jeff has done extensive remote recording of interviews and musical performances, produced documentary features, and prepared shows for uplink on the public radio satellite system and web distribution. He\'s also the Tools Editor for Transom.org, the website dedicated to serving public broadcasting through training and mentorship.

Melissa Townsend

4144 29th Avenue South
Minneapolis , Minnesota,  55406
United States
651.414.1183 (Cel)

Available For : Documentary production, Field Recording, Interviewing, News Reporting, Post production, Sound Editing and Mixing, Tape Syncs, Multimedia, Public Radio, Voiceover, Program development, 

Equipement/Studio : Hard Disc/Flash recorder, FTP, ISDN etc, Minidisk Recorders, Pro Tools, Recording Studio, Soundslides, 

Media Experience : Community Radio, Radio Documentary, Multimedia production, On-air talent, Slideshow production, Social media strategy, 

Gianluca Tramontana
Mule Skinner Productions

645 East 11th Street (3F)
New York , New York,  10009
(212) 673-2560 (Home)
212-518-4088 (Cel)

Available For : Arts reporting, Documentary production, Interviewing, Public Radio, Voiceover, 

Equipement/Studio : Hard Disc/Flash recorder, Minidisk Recorders, Pro Tools, 

Media Experience : Community Radio, Radio Documentary, Print Media, 

Bio : Gianluca host of an interview show called \"Sitting With Gianluca - From Country-Bluegrass-Blues to CBGBs\" on UK Radio station ResonanceFM 104.4 as well as a podcast at SittingWith.com He has also done pieces for NPR\'s Studio 360 (Honeyboy Edwards and Cuban Organ), A feature on the American hobo for BBC Radio. In June 2014 he wrote, produced, presented and edited an hour-long radio feature on the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and their issues. Gianluca is also US correspondent for JAM in Italy and has written for MOJO, Rolling Stone, Dirty Linen, Vineri (Romania),etc...

Notes : Is also fluent in Italian, Spanish, Portugueses and French.

Ben Trefny

KALW public radio,  San Francisco , California,  94134

Available For : Consulting, Documentary production, Field Recording, Interviewing, Mentoring, News Reporting, Post production, Sound Editing and Mixing, Tape Syncs, Public Radio, Voiceover, Program development, 

Equipement/Studio : Hard Disc/Flash recorder, FTP, ISDN etc, Pro Tools, Recording Studio, Specialized mics, 

Media Experience : Audio Art, Community Radio, International Reporting, Radio Documentary, Radio Drama, Print Media, Multimedia production, On-air talent, Podcasting, Social media strategy, 

Bio : Ben Trefny is news director at KALW.

Kathy Tu

Los Angeles , California,  91106


Available For : Documentary production, Field Recording, Post production, Sound Editing and Mixing, Tape Syncs, Multimedia, Public Radio, 

Equipement/Studio : Adobe Audition, Hard Disc/Flash recorder, Final Cut Pro, 

Media Experience : Radio Documentary, Web Design, Multimedia production, Podcasting, Slideshow production, 

Bio : Kathy Tu is an independent radio producer and web developer based in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the Transom Story Workshop in Fall of 2013 and is a proud recipient of the 2014 Åke Blomström Memorial Prize. Currently she is working on producing more radio features, coding web projects, and learning how to do a mean backflip.

Meredith TUrk

1304 Bass Ave.,  Columbia , Missouri,  65201

Available For : Arts reporting, Documentary production, Environmental Reporting, Field Recording, Grant Writing, Interviewing, News Reporting, Non-English Languages, Post production, Sound Editing and Mixing, Tape Syncs, Multimedia, Print Reporting, Public Radio, Voiceover, 

Equipement/Studio : Adobe Audition, Hard Disc/Flash recorder, Pro Tools, Recording Studio, Final Cut Pro, Soundslides, 

Media Experience : International Reporting, Radio Documentary, Radio Drama, Television, Print Media, Mobile media development, Multimedia production, On-air talent, Slideshow production, Social media strategy, 

Bio : Meredith Turk is a graduate student studying radio broadcasting at The University of Missouri. She is focusing on environmental reporting, investigative and multimedia. She has experience working and living internationally, most recently on a Fulbright grant to Slovenia.