Jay Allison, Founder/Executive Editor
Jay Allison has been an independent public radio producer, journalist, and teacher since the 1970s. He is the founder of Transom. 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, PRX.org, 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 www.jayallison.org.
Samantha Broun, Managing Editor
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, a 2017 Dart Award, and was a finalist for a Peabody. Her follow up piece, Living With Murder, was one of eight Frontline features honored with a Gold Baton from the DuPont Columbia Awards in 2019. You can find her collaborative work with photographer Amanda Kowalski at SoundLight Media.
Sydney Lewis, Senior Editor
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 Transom.org where she is Senior Editor.
Viki Merrick, Senior Producer
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, Tech & Tools Guru
During more than 25 years as a producer of the nationally-syndicated radio program Echoes. Jeff Towne has recorded interviews and musical performances in locations ranging from closets to cathedrals, outdoor stages to professional studios, turning them into radio shows and podcasts. Jeff is also the Tools Editor for Transom.org, a Peabody Award-winning website dedicated to channeling new voices to public media. At Transom, he reviews field recorders, microphones and software, helping both beginning and experienced audio producers choose their tools. In his spare time, Jeff will probably be taking pictures of his lunch in that little restaurant with the strange name that you've been wondering about.
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.
Liz Mak, Teaching Associate, Transom Workshops
Liz Mak lives in Oakland, CA, where she is a story producer at the WNYC podcast and radio show Snap Judgement. She previously worked as a reporter at KALW, and her stories have taken her to search for hidden graves on a remote Indonesian island, document the 2016 protests at Standing Rock, and interview a man, who - except for his socks - was fully in the nude. Liz's work in audio, photo, video and print has been distributed by national outlets including Studio 360, PRI’s The World, and The New York Times. You can find her at lizmak.com.
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 medianorth.net
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, 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.
Schuyler Swenson, Emeritus Teaching Associate, Transom Workshops
Schuyler Swenson is a radio and multimedia producer based in Brooklyn, NY. She's a former producer for WNYC/PRI's Studio 360 and is currently developing podcasts and video for The New York Public Library. She's taught radio and audio storytelling at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and Story Center. Schuyler is a proud graduate of the Transom Story Workshop (Spring 2013). You can find her at schuylerswenson.com.
Erika Lantz, Emeritus Teaching Associate, Transom Workshops
Erika Lantz is a radio producer originally from Minnesota. Most recently, she worked at WBUR, Boston's NPR station, where she made the radio series/podcast Kind World. Her work on the series won National Edward R. Murrow and Society of Professional Journalists awards for feature reporting. Before that, she held a variety of roles at WBUR and curated and produced PRX Remix. You can find her at erikalantz.com or @ejlantz.
Leila Day, Emeritus Teaching Associate, Transom Workshops
Leila Day is an editor and producer from San Francisco. Her work has been on NPR, AARP, USA TODAY, AJ+, and various podcasts; winning local and national awards. She's a former editor at Al Jazeera's podcast network and former producer and editor at KALW public radio. Leila's currently creating a new podcast called The Stoop... stories from the black diaspora that aren't shared enough. She's taught various workshops on audio making, and you can find some of her reporting advice on NPR's Training site.
Sophie McKibben, Emeritus Teaching Associate, 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, Emeritus Teaching Associate, 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, Emeritus Teaching Associate, 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, 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, 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: sarahpreynolds.com or on Twitter at @sarahpreynolds.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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.