Advisory Board

Brittny Bottorff

Brittny Bottorff

Brittny Bottorff lives in San Francisco and works as an attorney with the Maier Law Group. She specializes in labor and employment law and cybersecurity and data privacy issues. Brittny served on the Board of Trustees for San Francisco Playhouse from 2009 until 2016, and was a co-founder of LitUp Writers, a creative nonfiction humor reading series that produced live shows in San Francisco. Brittny graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996. An avid audio story enthusiast, Brittny spends much of her idle (and not so idle) moments listening to a variety of podcasts. Her favorite, of course, is Life of the Law.

Ellen Horne

Ellen Horne

Ellen Horne is the Executive Producer of new content for Audible. She was formerly Executive Producer of Radiolab, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning program that examines big questions in science, philosophy and the human experience through compelling storytelling. In 2003, Horne joined forces with Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad to build Radiolab into a thriving radio program. At WNYC, Horne worked on The Brian Lehrer Show and On The Media and helped to launch as audio programs: Freakonomics Radio, the TED podcast and the Intelligence Squared U.S. live debate series. Before moving to New York, she was a freelance reporter for a variety of public radio stations and programs. Prior to pursuing a career in radio, Horne served as the Development Director at the Coral Reef Alliance, where she developed and managed the membership program and educational initiatives. Horne earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theater and Theology from Cornell College, Iowa.

Nancy Mullane

Nancy Mullane - 35 posts

Nancy Mullane, Co-Founder, Executive Director/Producer, Advisory Board Member, and Host, is a writer, reporter, and photographer and has been a correspondent for This American Life, National Public Radio, Marketplace, Latino USA, and the NPR affiliates KALW News and KQED in San Francisco. In 2009, Mullane was awarded a Soros Justice Media Fellowship by the Open Society Foundations and in 2012 her first non-fiction book, Life After Murder: Five Men In Search of Redemption was published by PublicAffairs. In 2014, Penal Reform International presented Mullane with an award for her reporting on individuals serving death sentences. In 2013, Life After Murder was awarded the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s, Media for a Just Society Book Award. She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists and the Association of Independents in Radio. In 2011, Nancy was the recipient of the National Edward R. Murrow Award for her story on This American Life, “Long Shot”

Osagie Obasogie

Osagie Obasogie

Osagie Obasogie J.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings with a joint appointment at UCSF Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Genetics and Society and is a Soros Justice Fellow with the Open Society Institute. Obasogie’s scholarly interests include Constitutional law, bioethics, sociology of law, and reproductive and genetic technologies. His writings have spanned both academic and public audiences, with journal articles in venues such as the Law & Society Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Stanford Technology Law Review, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics along with commentaries in outlets including the New York Times, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and New Scientist. His first book, Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind, was published by Stanford University Press and his second book on the past, present, and future of bioethics is under contract with the University of California Press. Obasogie received his B.A. with distinction from Yale University, his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a fellow with the National Science Foundation.

Producers

Ashley Cleek

Ashley Cleek - 15 posts

Ashley Cleek, Producer, is a radio reporter and producer living in Brooklyn, New York. Ashley has reported stories in Turkey, Ukraine, India, and Russia for American, German and British radio. Her stories have appeared on radio programs, The World and Marketplace and on websites such as PBS’s The Tehran Bureau, Global Post, and the Atlantic.

Jess Engebretson

Jess Engebretson - 4 posts

Jess Engebretson is a journalist from Virginia. A former staff producer at BackStory, she has also written and reported for Deutsche Welle, PRI, KQED, and Guernica. In 2009, she was awarded a Watson Fellowship to explore the uses of radio in post-conflict settings around the world; she later spent several years teaching radio in Liberia and South Sudan. Jess currently lives in New York City, where she is pursuing a PhD in English literature at Columbia University.

Jonathan Hirsch

Jonathan Hirsch - 16 posts

Jonathan I. Hirsch is an independent producer, reporter, and sound designer. His work as a producer has won The Green Eyeshade and Edward R. Murrow Awards. He has produced, reported, and sound designed stories for Outside Magazine, Life of the Law, KUOW, KCRW, KALW, NPR, and others. He is the host of the non-narrated audio documentary series ARRVLS -- a founding member of the independent storytelling collective The Heard. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle

Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle - 5 posts

Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle, Producer, is an upstate New York native living in the Bay Area. She started doing radio at KPFA 94.1FM in Berkeley as part of their Apprenticeship program. She produced and hosted a science ephemera show at KPFA’s sister station KPFB before interning for Life of the Law. When she’s not producing a story or doing post-production work for Life of the Law, she likes to climb, read, and loudly engage with pop culture.

Rachael Cain

Rachael Cain

Rachael Cain, Post Production Editor and Development Associate is a 30 year old perennial student deeply interested in the social effects of the built environment. An undergraduate alumna of Smith College, Rachael holds Masters Degrees in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture and is currently completing her law degree. Rachael holds preliminary State Bar licensure in Texas and is practicing as a Law Clerk and Junior Prosecutor for senior partners in a municipal law firm. After her graduation from law school, she hopes to work in a multidisciplinary design and development firm addressing community development, housing, and social policy.

Shani Aviram

Shani Aviram

Shani Aviram, Producer, is a composer, sound designer and occasional radio producer. Her first write-up was in CatSynth, a blog devoted to cats and synthesizers. Shani holds a BA in music composition from Mills College where she studied with Chris Brown, Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, Maggi Payne, Pauline Oliveros and piano performance with Matthew Goodheart. She has attended master classes with Alvin Lucier, Bob Ostertag, Christian Wolff, and Julia Wolfe.

Tony Gannon

Tony Gannon

Tony Gannon, Senior Producer, is a documentary filmmaker and creative audio producer. Since 2002, he has edited films, produced/directed art documentaries and worked on commercial brand videos as an editor and director. In addition to Life of the Law, Tony produces and audio engineers Classic Showbiz with Kliph Nesteroff (not yet released via Howl), and two branded podcasts. He has develop one season of his own podcast, Subframe, and is working on a second season. He is a creative partner at Goldwood Media based in Oakland, CA.

Advisory Scholars

Ajay Mehrotra

Ajay Mehrotra

Ajay K. Mehrotra is Director and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. Professor Mehrotra was formerly Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Law, and Louis F. Niezer Faculty Fellow at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is also an adjunct Professor of History at Indiana University and an Affiliated Faculty member of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis. He is the author of Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013). He is the co-editor (with Isaac William Martin and Monica Prasad) of The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009). From 2007-2011, he was Co-director (with Michael Grossberg) of the Indiana University Center for Law, Society & Culture.

Amy Bach

Amy Bach

Amy Bach is President and Executive Director of Measures for Justice, founded in 2011 as a follow-up to her acclaimed book, Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court, which won the 2010 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Amy was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship, a Soros Justice Media Fellowship, a special J. Anthony Lukas citation and a Radcliffe Fellowship. The goal of Measures for Justice is to flag and fix systemic problems in the American criminal justice system by creating a system of measures to allow counties to see how well or poorly their justice systems are providing the public with basic legal services. She lives in Rochester, New York.

Anna Maria Marshall

Anna Maria Marshall

Anna-Maria Marshall is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she also has an appointment in the College of Law. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia (1985) and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University (1999). Her research is broadly focused on studying the relationship between law and social change. Her first book, Confronting Sexual Harassment: The Law and Politics of Everyday Life, analyzed the institutional and political foundations of legal consciousness when women navigated problems in the workplace. More recently, her work has focused on law and social movements and cause lawyering in the environmental justice movement and LGBT activism. She co-edited the volume, Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law with Scott Barclay and Mary Bernstein.

Austin Sarat

Austin Sarat - 1 post

Austin Sarat is Associate Dean of the Faculty and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College and Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Alabama School of Law. Professor Sarat is a pioneering figure in the development of legal study in the liberal arts, of the humanistic study of law, and of the cultural study of law. He is also an internationally renown scholar of capital punishment, specializing in efforts to understand its social, political, and cultural significance in the United States. Professor Sarat founded both Amherst College’s Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought and the national scholarly association, The Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. He served as President of the Law and Society Association and of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. He is author or editor of more than ninety books including Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty, The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States. He is currently writing a book entitled Hollywood’s Law: Film, Fatherhood, and the Legal Imagination. He is editor of the journal Law, Culture and the Humanities and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. His public writing has appeared in The New Republic, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, The National Law Journal, The Providence Journal, The Los Angeles Times ,The American Prospect, and The Daily Beast and he has been a commentator or guest on HuffPost Live, National Public Radio, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Public Television’s The News Hour, Odyssey, Democracy Now, RT International, ABC World News Tonight, MSNBC, Aljazeera America, All In with Chris Hayes, and The O’Reilly Factor. A profile of him in US News and World Report noted that he is “one of the best loved professors at Amherst College” and praised his teaching for combining “innovation and inspiration.”

Ben Fleury-Steiner

Ben Fleury-Steiner - 1 post

Ben Fleury-Steiner is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on the intersections of inequality, punishment, and social control in a variety of institutional contexts, including death penalty judgments, the identity politics of criminal justice policy and lawmaking, and the governance of historically marginalized groups. He is the author of four books: The Pains of Mass Imprisonment. New York, NY: Routledge. 2013. (co-authored with Jamie Longazel); Disposable Heroes: America’s Betrayal of African-American Veterans. 2012. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield; Dying Inside: The HIV/AIDS Ward at Limestone Prison. 2008. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, and Jurors’ Stories of Death: How America’s Death Penalty Invests in Inequality. 2004. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Carroll Seron

Carroll Seron

Carroll Seron is the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California Irvine, School of Social Ecology where she studies the organizations and professions of law. The Business of Practicing Law: The Work Lives of Solo and Small-Firm Lawyers takes up the timely question of legal advertising and solicitation in shaping lawyers’ professional identities. Her book with co-authors Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Bonnie Oglinsky and Robert Suate, The Part-Time Paradox: Time Norms, Professional Life and Family and Gender was among the very first to cast a sociological gaze on policies and practices around work-family balance. In current research, Seron is studying the timely issue of indebtedness on law students’ career paths. Her current work also has taken a comparative turn. In dramatic contrast to law, engineering remains a white, male bastion. With Susan Silbey (MIT) and Brian Rubineau (Cornell), this project presents new insight into the remarkably persistent gender gap in engineering. Building on this, Seron has recently given talks in Europe and Australia exploring “The Changing Landscape of Women in the Professions: Why Women Study Law and not Engineering.”

David Onek

David Onek

David Onek is a long-time criminal justice reformer who serves as Executive Director of the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University Law School. He is also the host of City Visions on San Francisco NPR-affiliate KALW. Onek previously served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Police Commission, as Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice at UC Berkeley Law School, and as Deputy Director of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Criminal Justice. Onek has taught as a Lecturer at UC Berkeley Law School and as an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings Law School. He was also the creator and host of the Criminal Justice Conversations Podcast, a co-production of UC Berkeley Law School and the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. He lives in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood with his wife Kara Dukakis and two daughters.

Elizabeth Joh

Elizabeth Joh - 2 posts

Elizabeth Joh is a Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on criminal procedure and policing, with a special emphasis on the DNA collection, undercover policing, and new surveillance technologies. Before joining the Davis faculty in 2003, Professor Joh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received both her Ph.D. in Law and Society and J.D. from New York University, and her B.A. in literature from Yale University.

Hadar Aviram

Hadar Aviram - 5 posts

Hadar Aviram is a Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law and the co-director of the Hastings Institute for Criminal Justice. Her research examines the criminal process and the correctional system through social science, empirical and experimental perspectives. She also studies social movements, particularly polyamory and other alternative family structures. She edits two criminal justice blogs, California Correctional Crisis (on prisons and corrections) and Iron in War (on policing and law enforcement), and is a frequent commentator on criminal justice matters in the media. Her book Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment, which examines the impact of the financial crisis on the American correctional landscape, is forthcoming from UC Press.

Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson - 1 post

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson is Professor of History at in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies, the Residential College, and the Department of History at the University of Michigan. Thompson writes about the history as well as current crises of mass incarceration for numerous popular and scholarly publications. Her work can be found in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Atlantic, Salon, and The Huffington Post, and she has appeared as well on NPR, Sirius Radio, on various television news programs, and in a number of documentaries. Several of Thompson’s scholarly pieces, including “Why Mass Incarceration Matters,” have won best article awards, and her popular piece in The Atlantic, “How Prisons Change the Balance of Power in America,” was named a finalist for the Best Media Award given by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Thompson is a Soros Justice Fellow, sits on the board of the Prison Policy Initiative, and recently served as well on a National Academy of Sciences blue-ribbon panel to study causes and consequences of incarceration in the United States. In that capacity she has presented to various policy organizations in Washington, DC, has given briefings on incarceration to Congressional staff, and participated in a historic bipartisan summit on criminal justice reform in March, 2015. Her books include Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its Legacy(Pantheon Books, forthcoming), Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor and Race in a Modern American City and the edited collection Speaking Out: Protest and Activism in the 1960s and 1970s. Thompson was also named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.

Imani Perry

Imani Perry

Imani Perry is Professor in the Center for African American Studies, and Faculty Associate with the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Professor Perry is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies race and African American culture using the tools provided by various disciplines including: law, literary and cultural studies, music, and the social sciences. She has published numerous articles in the areas of law, cultural studies, and African American studies, many of which are available for download at: imaniperry.typepad.com. She also wrote the notes and introduction to the Barnes and Nobles Classics edition of the Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Professor Perry teaches interdisciplinary courses that train students to use multiple methodologies to investigate African American experience and culture.

Joachim Savelsberg

Joachim Savelsberg

Joachim Savelsberg is a professor of sociology and law and holder of the Archam and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair at the University of Minnesota. After completing his education in his native Germany and after fellowships at Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities, he joined Minnesota in 1989. He has since been a visiting professor or fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Humboldt Universität Berlin, the Rockefeller Bellagio Center and the Käte Hamburger Centre for Advanced Study “Law as Culture” in Bonn. His research trajectory covers a variety of topics, including comparative criminal punishment, sentencing and the field of criminology. Recent work addresses human rights issues, especially the effect of legal interventions on collective representations and memories of mass atrocities. Related books are entitled American Memories: Atrocities and the Law (with Ryan D. King; Russell Sage Foundation, 2011) and Crime and Human Rights: Criminology of Genocide and Atrocities (Sage, 2010). Recent National Science Foundation-funded research addressed “Collective Representations and Memories of Atrocities after Judicial Intervention: The Case of Darfur in International Comparison.” Based on this research, Savelsberg is currently completing a book, entitled Representing Mass Violence: Human Rights and the Struggle over Darfur in a Globalizing World.

Laura Beth Nielsen

Laura Beth Nielsen

Laura Beth Nielsen is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation as well as an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University. She is a sociologist and lawyer with degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Nielsen’s research focuses on law’s capacity for social change. Her primary field is the sociology of law, with particular interests in legal consciousness (how ordinary people understand the law) and the relationship between law and inequalities of race, gender, and class. Her first monograph, License to Harass: Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech, (Princeton University Press, 2004) studies racist and sexist street speech, targets’ reactions and responses to it, and attitudes about using law to deal with such speech.Professor Nielsen is an expert in the areas of sexual harassment in the workplace and beyond, employment civil rights of all sorts including pregnancy, pay, race, sex, national origin, and is a scholar of the legal profession.

Naomi Mezey

Naomi Mezey

Naomi Mezey is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center since 1998 where she teaches civil procedure, legislation, jurisprudence, gender & sexuality, and seminars on law & popular culture and nationalism & cultural identity. Her interdisciplinary scholarship of law and culture focuses on racial, sexual, and gender identities, film and visuality, and cultural property. She has served on the Organizing Committee of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities and is a co-founder of the Columbia, USC, Georgetown & UCLA Law & Humanities Junior Scholars Workshop. Prior to law school, Naomi Mezey earned a Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was an articles editor for the Stanford Law Review. Mezey served as a law clerk for Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She previously worked as a Legislative Aide to the late Senator Alan Cranston.

Renee Ann Cramer

Renee Ann Cramer - 2 posts

Renee Ann Cramer teaches in, and is the Chair of Drake University’s Department of Law, Politics, and Society – an interdisciplinary, undergraduate legal studies major. A political scientist by training, Renee earned her PhD in Politics from New York University in 2001, with a dissertation and book that focused on federal acknowledgement for American Indian tribes. Her second book, on celebrity pregnancy and our obsession with it, will be published in 2015. Renee is currently working on a third: on the legalization of homebirth midwifery practice. Professor Cramer teaches a wide range of courses, including Law and Social Change, Reproductive Law and Politics; Critical Race and Feminist Legal Theory; and Contemporary American Indian Law and Politics. When not teaching or writing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and son, and their two dogs –training for triathlons, doing yoga, hiking, and going to see live music.

Valerie Hans

Valerie Hans

Valerie P. Hans is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where she teaches courses on law and social science, empirical legal studies, torts, and the contemporary American jury. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She conducts empirical studies of law and courts, and is a leading international authority on citizen decision making in legal systems. She has carried out extensive research and lectured and written widely about juries, jury reform, and other law and social science issues. She is the author or editor of eight books and more than one hundred scholarly articles. She is the current President of the Law and Society Association.

Contributors

Adele Humbert

Adele Humbert

Adèle Humbert is an investigative journalist based in Chicago. She recently graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and also holds a master’s degree in law. She previously worked for Le Monde where she covered human rights issues and is a former radio reporter for the French national public radio in Paris. In 2012, she was a reporter in Beijing for Hikari Productions.

Alisa Roth

Alisa Roth - 2 posts

Alisa Roth, Producer, is a radio and print reporter and has reported extensively from abroad, most recently in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Her work has been broadcast on Marketplace, where she spent several years as a staff reporter, NPR, and The World. Her print work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and Gastronomica. A Fulbright scholar, she has received grants from the International Reporting Project and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

Alyssa Bernstein

Alyssa Bernstein

Alyssa Bernstein, Assistant Producer, works on promotion, outeach and development. She is a PhD candidate at the Queen's University of Belfast and is writing her dissertation on prisoners' internal organizations. A graduate of Yale, she has lived and worked in Israel and Palestine. In her spare time, she tries to at least keep up with the restaurant review section of the New Yorker.

Amanda Aronczyk

Amanda Aronczyk - 1 post

Andrew Stelzer

Andrew Stelzer - 1 post

Andrew Stelzer is an Oakland based producer working at Making Contact, and KQED Radio. He's reported for NPR, Marketplace, Living on Earth, Radio Netherlands, The Progressive, Latino USA, In These Times and many other publications. Find him at www.andrewstelzer.com.

Angela Caputo

Angela Caputo - 1 post

Ann Heppermann

Ann Heppermann - 1 post

Ann Heppermann, Producer, is a Peabody award-winning reporter and producer. Her work has aired on numerous public radio shows including This American Life, 99% Invisible, Radiolab and many others. In 2010 Heppermann was named a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow, reporting on pre-teen eating disorders and perinatal depression. In 2011 she was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow along with Kara Oehler honoring the decades-long work at creating innovative audio works. She teaches narrative radio journalism at Sarah Lawrence College and in NYU’s Literary Reportage program. She also produces Slate’s Culture Gabfest and DoubleX Gabfest.

Annie Aviles

Annie Aviles

Annie Avilés, is a writer, editor, and university lecturer. Her essays and stories appear in Harper's, Smithsonian Magazine, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Annie's audio pieces can be heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Radio Ambulante, where she's also worked as an editor. Annie lives in rural Maine.

Ann Marie Awad

Ann Marie Awad - 1 post

Ann Marie Awad is a print-reporter-turned-radio-producer who originally hails from Buffalo, NY. She recieved her M.A. in Urban Reporting from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City in 2013. She now currently works as a reporter and local Morning Edition host at WRKF, the NPR member station in Baton Rouge, Lousiana’s capitol.

Ariel Ritchin

Ariel Ritchin - 2 posts

Ariel Ritchin is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. His work has appeared on NBC Nightly News, PBS Newshour and WBAI. He is also the Web Editor for the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, where he directs and oversees all editorial content and leads strategic and digital initiatives for Dart Centre Europe, Dart Centre Asia Pacific and the Dart Center in the United States. He has previously worked in the multimedia department at the ACLU and as a video editor for Lucky Tiger Productions. Ariel is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and a Posse Foundation Scholar. He holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Middlebury College.

Audrey Quinn

Audrey Quinn - 2 posts

Audrey Quinn is a Brooklyn-based multimedia journalist. She specializes in health, tech and economy stories — in print, film, nonfiction comics, podcasts, and most commonly, public radio. Her investigative work has been awarded by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and published in the New York Times. She is a teaching associate for the Transom Story Workshop and co-founder of the live radio performance event Radio Cabaret. Visit her website at www.AudreyQuinnaudio.com

Aviva DeKornfeld

Aviva DeKornfeld - 2 posts

Aviva DeKornfeld is an undergraduate student at Pitzer College in Southern California where she studies sociology and gender studies. Her writing has been featured on the Feminist Wire and in the Daily Palette. She spends her free time thinking about intersectional feminism.

Ben Adair

Ben Adair

Ben Adair, Editor, is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and educator.

Brenda Salinas

Brenda Salinas - 2 posts

I’m Brenda Patricia Salinas Paéz. I’m a Mexicana-Tejana public radio producer who is passionate about incorporating social media into my reporting. I have worked as a producer for the Texas Standard, a daily news magazine show that broadcasts state-wide. I have also been an associate producer with NPR’s Latino USA, and I was awarded the highly competitive Kroc Fellowship at NPR in 2012. I have reported pieces for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Weekends on All Things Considered and for KUHF Houston Public Radio. In college, I started my campus’ only student run foreign-language publication, Nuestras Voces. I have a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University. I’m a native speaker of Spanish and French was always my favorite class in school.

Brit Hanson

Brit Hanson - 1 post

Annie Brown

Annie Brown - 2 posts

Casey Miner

Casey Miner - 2 posts

Casey Miner, Producer, is an independent reporter, editor, and audio producer based in Oakland, California. She edits and produces for the award-winning news, arts, and culture program Crosscurrents on KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco as well as Life of the Law; she's also contributed work to NPR, KQED, Marketplace, Mother Jones, and New Tech City.

Cheryl Brumley

Cheryl Brumley - 1 post

Chloe Prasinos

Chloe Prasinos - 1 post

Chloe Prasinos is a producer at Reply All. Before joining Gimlet, she worked on stories for Love + Radio, 99% Invisible, WBEZ’s Curious City, NPR, and State of the Re:Union. Chloe is alum of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Cyrus Farivar

Cyrus Farivar - 1 post

Eilís O’Neill

Eilís O’Neill - 2 posts

Eilís O'Neill is a bilingual radio and print reporter who specializes in the environment, public health, and agriculture. She has worked in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, New York, and Seattle, and she has a Master's in environment and health reporting from Columbia University.

Emily Gadek

Emily Gadek - 1 post

Emma Jacobs

Emma Jacobs - 2 posts

Emma Jacobs is a multimedia journalist based in Paris. She’s a former NPR member-station reporter who also contributes to public radio programs Marketplace and PRI’s The World and whose writing has appeared in The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Eric Molinsky

Eric Molinsky - 1 post

Graham Gremore

Graham Gremore

Graham Gremore, LIVE LAW Producer is a writer and cartoonist born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and he is the co-founder and co-director of StoryFarm, a literary arts non-profit in San Francisco. His cartoons have garnered over 125,000 views on Youtube and have been featured on websites including The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. Visit Graham’s website www.grahamgremore.com.

Greg Eskridge

Greg Eskridge - 2 posts

Greg Eskridge is an award winning journalist with the San Quentin Prison Report and is a member of the Northern CA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalism - San Quentin satellite chapter. He writes and produces all of his stories, using a journalistic style that captivates radio audiences based on his personal experiences. His upbringing allows him to relate and understand a prisoner's situation and allows him to be the voice of the otherwise voiceless, while at the same time being objective in his reporting. Since coming to San Quentin in 2012, Greg has become a reporter featured on KALW public radio. Greg co-produced the Live Law, a storytelling event, on December 5, 2015, which was published by KQED. Greg recently co-produced and directed Artistic Rebirth, another live storytelling event co-hosted by CNN's W. Kamau Bell. In 2015 Greg headed the hospitality committee for the TEDx San Quentin event. After years of anti-social behavior, Greg was convicted of murder and received 65 years plus 2 life sentences. Since his incarceration Greg has applied himself in various self help programs which has helped him to comprehend the harm his crime has caused. One group in particular was "No More Tears," which brought him face to face with mothers of young men who have been murdered. This group opened his eyes to see the ripple-down effect that crime can cause. Greg says that when he looked into the eyes of a mother who lost her child it moved him to the point to where he knew he never wanted to cause harm to anyone. Pursuing a college degree has also been a cornerstone of his rehabilitation. Education has given Greg a sense of purpose and self worth. Greg continues to transform his life away from the destructive behavior he once participated in. He has developed an interest in mentoring youth in hopes of detouring them from the path to prison. When Greg sets out to do radio stories or produce live storytelling events, his goal is to give the incarcerated men a platform to express themselves, as well as give the public an accurate account of prison life, while dispelling many of the perpetuated myths seen on television. Prison life isn't glamorous, in fact it's the total opposite. Life in prison is actually the end result of negative behavior. Greg's message is clear that anyone can change before you get to prison. And if you do end up here, trust that change is inevitable. Greg has served over 21 years behind bars. You can contact Greg by writing him: Greg Eskridge # K07041; S.Q.S.P 3-N-42 L; San Quentin,Ca 94974

Hans Anderson

Hans Anderson - 1 post

Hans Anderson is a reporter for WAMU’s Metro Connection and a production assistant at NPR. His reports have appeared on All Things Considered, Weekend Edition Sunday, and KCRW’sUnFictional. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. His middle name is not Christian.

Ian Coss

Ian Coss - 2 posts

Ian Coss divides his time between pursuing a PhD in ethnomusicology at Boston University and producing audio for programs including The World, Studio 360, Afropop Worldwide and BBC’s Cultural Frontline. He has directed and contributed to several audio documentary projects, including “Radio Contact”—produced for a museum exhibit on wireless technology at Harvard University—and “40 Stories,” an oral history of the east coast’s first shelter for survivors of domestic violence. He also hosts a regular music program on his local community radio station, 102.9 WBCA. As a scholar of music, media and migration, Ian has conducted fieldwork in Haiti, Indonesia and around the Northeastern U.S., with a focus on immigrant radio cultures. Follow his work at iancoss.com.

Ibby Caputo

Ibby Caputo

Ibby Caputo decided to become a journalist after The Times-Picayune published her Letter To The Editor, and a boat filled with trash was removed from the Tremé in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Ibby’s radio work has aired on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace's Morning Report, Scene on Radio and many other shows. Her journalism, essays and photography have been published in The Washington Post, Boston Globe Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. She was a 2014-2015 MIT-Knight Science Journalism Fellow. Ibby’s audio documentary, “Crying Dry Tears,” which originally aired on Radiotonic, was awarded first place in The Missouri Review’s 2016 Miller Audio Contest. While a staff reporter for WGBH News in Boston, Ibby was awarded two reporting awards from The Associated Press. Learn more about Ibby at www.ibbycaputo.com.

Jude Joffe-Block

Jude Joffe-Block - 1 post

Julia Barton

Julia Barton - 1 post

Julie Sabatier

Julie Sabatier - 1 post

Kaitlin Prest

Kaitlin Prest - 4 posts

Kaitlin Prest, Producer, is an all around documentary audio artist and Executive Producer of The Hearthttp://www.theheartradio.org/, a sex positive radio show and art collective. Every few months Kaitlin directs the “Radio Cabaret” at Union Docs in Brooklyn, a public radio performance event. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Snap Judgment, at In the Dark as part of the International Features Conference in London, on Radiophonic Creation Day in France and was the winner of the 2010 NCRA award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary.

Kalila Holt

Kalila Holt - 1 post

Kalila Holt is a radio producer and fiction writer from Chicago. She currently lives in Portland, Maine. She attended Oberlin College and the Salt Institute. Whenever Kalila Holt makes a salad, people say, “Wow, that salad looks great.” Find her website at www.kalilaholt.com.

Medill Justice Project - 4 posts

The Medill Justice Project, founded at Northwestern University in 1999, is an award-winning national investigative journalism center that examines potentially wrongful convictions, probes systemic criminal justice issues and conducts groundbreaking research. As journalists, we advocate only for the truth.

Michael May

Michael May - 2 posts

Michael May, Contributing Editor, got hooked on producing radio in 1998 when he went to Moscow in search of Oleg Lundstrem, the lone jazz musician that continued to perform during the Stalin years. Inspired by the experience, Michael quit his day job and declared himself a journalist. For more than a decade, he reported from Austin, where he investigated an idiosyncratic FBI informant named Brandon Darby, heard Willie Nelson sing “Amazing Grace” a capella and discovered that a police “bait car” can snare good Samaritans. His stories ended up on NPR, This American Life, Studio 360 and others. He’s currently the radio instructor at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland Maine, and has also worked as the managing editor of the Texas Observer magazine, an editor at the national radio show Weekend America (APM), and as a news reporter at the Austin NPR station KUT-FM. For his radio work, May has won a Third Coast Audio Festival Gold Award and a National Headliners Grand Award. Michael now works at National Public Radio.

Oliver Arnoldi

Oliver Arnoldi

Oliver Arnoldi is part of the documentary film program at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He formerly worked on the arts desk at the Telegraph in London and was a reporter at the Tibet Post in Dharamsala, India.

Phillip Wilt

Phillip Wilt

Phoebe Petrovic

Phoebe Petrovic - 6 posts

Phoebe Petrovic, Producer, is an aspiring radio reporter. Currently an undergraduate at Yale University, she studies English, writes for several newspapers and magazines, and edits a quarterly literary magazine. Along with Life of the Law, Phoebe interns with Cleveland’s NPR affiliate WCPN 90.3 ideastream and is currently producing an independent podcast called Second Story. In her career, she hopes to create audio pieces with Life of the Law’s characteristic blend of scholarly research, journalistic reporting, and storytelling into a single medium

Renee Gross - 1 post

Renee Gross is a radio journalist and independent producer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She often focuses on the feminist beat and cultural identities. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Renee has made theater with both male and female prisoners in Detroit penitentiaries based on their life stories and produced a documentary about creative arts workshops with incarcerated individuals. Her work has been featured on Michigan Radio and Sprudge: Coffee News and Culture. Her upcoming stories are slated to appear on Marketplace and NPR's Latino USA.

Sean Cole

Sean Cole - 2 posts

Shandukani Mulaudzi

Shandukani Mulaudzi - 2 posts

Shandukani Mulaudzi is a Digital Content Producer at City Press – A weekly newspaper in South Africa. She obtained her Master of Science at Columbia University in May 2016 and has a keen interest in Social Justice, Human Rights and storytelling through audio.

Shannon Heffernan

Shannon Heffernan - 3 posts

Shannon Heffernan, Life of the Law Co-Founder and Contributing Editor, is a producer for Chicago Public Media/WBEZ's in-depth reporting project Front and Center, where she has reported on everything from tribal fishing rights to the validity of GED testing. Prior to working at Chicago Public Media/WBEZ, Heffernan was awarded an Open Society Foundation Media Fellowship.

Simone Seiver

Simone Seiver

Simone Seiver, Post-Production Editor, is an undergraduate at Yale University pursuing simultaneous Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science. She helps run the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project, through which she tutors inmates at a Connecticut prison as they pursue their GEDs. She conducts research with fellowship support from Yale Law School and the Institution for Policy and Social Studies. She is a native of the Bay Area.

Stephanie Hughes - 1 post

Taylor Mullaney

Taylor Mullaney

Taylor Mullaney is a student at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law interested in the intersection of law, journalism and social justice. She has contributed to Chicago's Social Justice News Nexus and worked as a fellow at The Medill Justice Project, investigating a potentially wrongful conviction. As a former teacher, Taylor is especially committed to child welfare in all its forms. Taylor received her master's in journalism from Northwestern University and her B.A. in English and French from the College of William & Mary.

Zach Hirsch

Zach Hirsch

Zach Hirsch, Contributing Producer, is also a full-time reporter for North Country Public Radio, an NPR affiliate in Northern New York. As head of the station’s Plattsburgh news bureau, Zach covers local politics, the environment, and life in the rural villages along the U.S.-Canadian border. His work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and other programs, and has garnered awards from the Associated Press, PRNDI, and the Public Radio Exchange.

Zoe Sullivan

Zoe Sullivan - 1 post