Jay Allison

Jay Allison, Founder/Executive Editor/Executive Producer

Jay Allison has been an independent public radio producer, journalist, and teacher since the 1970s. His work has won most of the major broadcasting awards, including six Peabodys. He produces The Moth Radio Hour and was the curator of This I Believe on NPR. He has also worked in print for the New York Times Magazine and as a solo-crew reporter for ABC News Nightline, and is a longtime proponent of building community through story. Through his non-profit organization, Atlantic Public Media, he is a founder of The Public Radio Exchange,, and WCAI, the public radio service for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. More about Jay, more than you'd reasonably need to know, is available at

Samantha Broun

Samantha Broun, Managing Editor/Producer

Samantha Broun is a radio and video producer and the Managing Editor for Transom. She works with Atlantic Public Media on all projects including the Transom Workshops. Her radio documentary, A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice And My Mother was given the silver award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2016. You can find her collaborative work with photographer Amanda Kowalski at SoundLight Media.

Sydney Lewis

Sydney Lewis, Senior Editor/Producer

Sydney Lewis is the author of three oral histories, and for close to thirty years transcribed for and otherwise assisted oral history maestro Studs Terkel. She co-authored his memoir Touch and Go. Sydney currently works as a freelance editor, and at Atlantic Public Media and where she is Senior Editor.

Viki Merrick

Viki Merrick, Senior Producer/Editor

Viki Merrick is an independent radio producer and editor. She began as a radio stringer for ABC News in Rome, Italy, while working as a location/production manager for film documentaries. Since the founding of Atlantic Public Media in 1995, she has been producing essays and features for national broadcast on NPR and for the Cape and Island public radio stations. Viki is an editor for Transom, and a collaborator on the two Peabody Award-winning series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. She was the Senior Editor on the NPR series This I Believe and is currently co-producing The Moth Radio Hour with Jay Allison.

Jeff Towne

Jeff Towne, Tech & Tools Guru

Jeff Towne has been producing radio programs since he was a teenager, back then with a portable Marantz cassette deck and a Teac four-track reel-to-reel tape recorder, and now with digital recorders and computer workstations. After honing his broadcasting skills at high school and college radio stations, Jeff has spent over two decades as the producer of the nationally-syndicated radio program Echoes. At Echoes, he has done extensive recording of interviews and musical performances, produced documentary features, and prepared daily programs for satellite and internet distribution. As's Tools Editor, Jeff has reviewed dozens of audio recorders, editing software, and microphones, and written guides for recording, editing and mixing audio for radio and the web. Jeff has also taught classes and presented talks on various aspects of audio production. When not tweaking audio files, Jeff can probably be found eating (and compulsively taking pictures) at that little restaurant with the unpronounceable name that you always wondered about.

Rob Rosenthal

Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor, Transom Workshops

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer and a teacher. He’s the host for the HowSound podcast - a joint project of PRX and Transom - on radio storytelling. He started and then ran the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies’ radio track for 11 years. And, he is now the lead teacher for the Transom Story Workshop, which launched in the fall of 2011. You can follow HowSound on Facebook or Twitter.

Leila Day

Leila Day, Teaching Assistant, Transom Workshops

Leila Day is an editor and producer from San Francisco. She works with KALW public radio and has produced content for NPR, AARP, USA TODAY, AJ+, and various podcasts; winning local and national awards for her reporting. She's been teaching audio production at KALW's Audio Academy and at San Quentin State Prison, where she conducts workshops and edits stories for air. Leila's currently creating a new podcast called "The Stoop"...'a griot, newsroom, hair salon and your mama's kitchen all in one.' In 2015 she was the recipient of the USC Annenberg Reporting on Health Journalism Fellowship, reporting on mental health care within black communities. Creating artful narrative driven journalism is a skill that she's built upon since studying radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies--you can find some of her reporting advice on NPR's Training site.

Holly North

Holly North, User Experience Designer

For the last sixteen years Holly has been helping connect brands, people and products. She specializes in the strategy and design of products and services for mobile, the web and emerging technologies. She works across the US and in Europe with clients that include start-ups, fortune 500 companies, television networks, device manufacturers and wireless carriers. Her work can be found at

Landy Kosmitis

Landy Kosmitis, Web Developer

Landy Kosmitis has spent more than a decade focused on technology. He has worked at top agencies at the director level and primarily with high end brands as clients. His specialties include digital experiences (web development, e-commerce), systems integration, and interactive technologies. When he's not behind the computer Landy is a soccer enthusiast, avid hiker, and craft beer brewing extraordinaire.

Naim Sheriff

Naim Sheriff, Designer

Naim Sheriff is an accomplished and passionate designer who is known for his clean, human-centric design. He has six years of experience at various agencies and with clients of his own. Naim’s design skillset is broad, but he specializes in web design, eCommerce and branding. Naim’s true passion is working closely with clients to help them find their true voice through the comprehensive visual language and partnership he provides. You can get in touch with him and check out some of his latest work here.

Sophie McKibben

Sophie McKibben, Emeritus Teaching Assistant, Transom Workshops

Sophie McKibben is the Associate Producer of FRONTLINE's upcoming podcast. She is also the co-founder Now Here This , an online platform for student produced audio storytelling. Sophie has worked for Rhode Island Public Radio, Storytellers For Good, and North Country Public Radio. Sophie also helps produce the Bandwagon Podcast.

Mary Helen Montgomery

Mary Helen Montgomery, Emeritus Teaching Assistant, Transom Workshops

Mary Helen Montgomery is a digital journalist who uses different media — audio, video, code, and words — to tell stories, mostly about the South. She worked at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and was part of a small team there that was named as a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting. She has also worked as a radio producer at WUTC, the NPR affiliate station in Chattanooga, and won an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2013. She is a proud graduate of the Transom Story Workshop. You can find more of her work on her website.

Catie Talarski

Catie Talarski, Emeritus Teaching Assistant, Transom Workshops

Catie Talarski is Executive Producer at WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio, concentrating on original talk programming, community outreach, and education. Her work has been featured on NPR, PRI’s The World and Studio 360, and PRX. She teaches audio to high school students at Hartford’s Journalism and Media Academy. Catie founded the ear cave, a listening session hosted by a rotating cast of local radio professionals. She got her start in documentary radio at the Salt Institute in Portland Maine (c/o ’06). More here.

Audrey Quinn

Audrey Quinn, Emeritus Instructor, Transom Workshops

Audrey Quinn is a multimedia producer and a reporter for public radio shows like Marketplace, PRI's The World, and Studio 360. Her investigative work has been awarded by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund, and she is co-founder of the live radio performance event Radio Cabaret. You can find her work here.

Sarah P. Reynolds

Sarah P. Reynolds, Emeritus Instructor, Transom Workshops

Sarah P. Reynolds is a radio and multimedia producer. She produces and reports for NPR programs and several local public radio stations around the country. Her award winning investigative and reporting work covers subjects as diverse as the housing crisis, hate crimes and migrant workers, some of which has culminated in projects with national organizations working to change policy. Sarah also teaches radio production and has taught with Radio Rookies at WNYC and with several of the Transom Story Workshops as the Associate Instuctor. Find her here: or on Twitter at @sarahpreynolds.

Collin Kelly

Collin Kelly, Emeritus Web Developer

Collin has a decade of experience developing blog, experiential, and e-commerce sites for brands big and small, on a variety of platforms. He currently works for Cameo, a Vimeo thing. He lives in Brooklyn, and loves to ride pedal bikes and motorcycles in his precious free time.

Barrett Golding

Barrett Golding, Emeritus Web Wonk

Barrett makes radio and web work. He is Fearless Leader of the Peabody Award-winning pubradio series Hearing Voices from NPR and a United States Artists Rasmuson Fellow in Media. He was General Manager of KGLT-Bozeman and an NPR Audio Engineer in DC. Other accolades include: the NFCB Silver Reel, the Scripps Howard Award for Journalism Excellence, the ABA Gavel Award, Harvestworks Artist-in-Residence, Montana Arts Council Fellowship, and grants from CPB, NEA, Rockefeller and Andy Warhol Foundations. He is a 35-year volunteer DJ/producer at kick-ass KGLT.

Robert DeBenedictis

Robert DeBenedictis, Emeritus Web Wonk

Robert came to Transom through the Public Radio Exchange where he helps out with assorted coding projects. For several years he was the co-chair of the Freedom To Marry Coalition where he developed web pages that made it easy for marriage equality supporters to contact their legislators. In addition to working with Transom and PRX, Robert serves on the board of Common Cause Massachusetts.

Joshua Barlow

Joshua Barlow, Original Developer & Emeritus Director

Joshua came to us from National Public Radio Online, where he produced for both news and cultural Web sites. Projects he helped create and produce include Changing Face of America, Election 2000, MLK Celebration 2001, and Lost & Found Sound, which won the 2000 Webby Award in the radio category. He served as NPR’s photo journalist for their coverage of Election 2000. In addition to his work for the Web and public broadcasting, Joshua has served the U.S. State Department in Croatia as a monitor for their 2000 presidential election, and is a freelance composer, who has written for dance, theater, film and, most recently, the Department of Homeland Security.

Josef Verbanac

Josef Verbanac, Prototype Developer (with Barrett Golding)

Josef is a Composition and Technical Writing Instructor at Montana State University and long-time announcer at KGLT-FM in Bozeman, Montana. He's collaborated with Barrett on numerous local web properties, various Hearing Voices projects, and most recently the Transom Online Workshop. He also manages the MSU English Dept.'s information systems and helps the University's Writing Center out with social media. Lately, he's been advising and teaching composition online for the school's Extended University.