Jonathan Miller has been executive director of Homelands Productions since 2006. As a freelance journalist, he has reported from
Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, the Middle East, and North America for NPR, Marketplace, Monitor Radio, BBC, CBC, VOA, Radio Netherlands, and
Radio Deutsche Welle, and has written for The New
Yorker,LIFE, Condé Nast
Traveler,Parents, American Way, Christian Science Monitor,
Far Eastern Economic Review, and many other publications. He was executive producer of Food for 9 Billion, a multi-platform series about the challenge of feeding the world, as well as of the WORKING series about the day-to-day experience of work in the global economy, airing on Marketplace. Prior to that, Jon was editorial director of Think
2005 Public Radio Collaboration on globalization, involving more than 300 stations and 30 national shows.
For 13 years he lived and worked in the Philippines and Peru. In addition to his journalism, he has worked as a consulting writer and editor for several
international development institutions.
Senior Collaborating Producer
Sandy Tolan is co-founder of Homelands Productions. Since 1982, he has produced dozens of documentaries and features for NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and other public radio outlets. Much of his focus has been on land, water, natural resources, and indigenous affairs in the US, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Central Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. He is currently working on a book about music, hope, and the struggle for independence in Palestine. Sandy is the author of The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (Bloomsbury, 2006), based on his award-winning documentary for NPR's Fresh Air about a Palestinian man and a Jewish woman whose families lived in the same house before and after the founding of Israel. The book won a Christopher Award for "affirming the highest values of the human spirit" and was Booklist's "Editor's Choice" for best adult non-fiction book of 2006. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His first book, Me and Hank (Free Press, 2000), is an exploration of heroes and race relations in America through the experience of baseball slugger Hank Aaron. Sandy's radio programs have won numerous awards, including three from the Overseas Press Club, the DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton, three Robert F. Kennedy awards for reporting on the disadvantaged, a Harry Chapin World Hunger Year award, and a United Nations Gold Medal award. Sandy is an associate professor of journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
Senior Collaborating Producer
Alan Weisman's latest book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, was published in September 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. The book looks at population growth and the planet's carrying capacity. His previous book, the New York Times best-seller The World Without Us (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007), was named book of the year by TIME magazine and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Alan's writing has appeared in The Atlantic
Monthly, Harper's, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine,
Audubon, Mother Jones, and Condé Nast Traveler, and his radio reports been
heard on NPR and PRI. He is also the author of An
Echo In My Blood (1999); Gaviotas:
A Village to Reinvent the World (1998); La
Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico (1986); and We,
Immortals (1979). Alan has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in
Colombia, a writer-in-residence in the Dominican Republic, a fellow
at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a contributing editor
to the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Along with many radio awards
shared with his Homelands colleagues, he has received numerous awards
for his writing, including the Social Inventions Award from the
London-based Global Ideas Bank.
Vaisman, Senior Collaborating Producer
A co-founder of Homelands Productions, Cecilia Vaisman has created radio features and documentaries from Central and South America, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the USA. Cecilia has been co-executive producer for Homelands' World Views series and senior producer for Vanishing Homelands and Searching for Solutions. She also served as project director of the Spanish and Portuguese language versions of Searching for Solutions. Born in Argentina and raised and educated in the United States, Cecilia created Argentina's first radio documentary news program for Radio América in Buenos Aires. After five years in Cuba and a year as a Visiting Fellow at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the Univerisity of Notre Dame, she joined the staff of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ) as project editor overseeing coverage of the Great Lakes region. She now teaches audio documentary at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Cecilia has received the Clarion Award, Armstrong Award, and National Federation of Community Broadcasters' Golden Reel Award, as well as two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged.
Chris Brookes is an independent radio producer whose programs have been heard in the US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, England, The Netherlands, and Canada. His documentaries have have won more than 30 awards, including the Peabody, Gabriel, Gracie, Armstrong, United Nations, Third Coast Festival/Robert H. Driehaus, and New York Radio Festival Grand awards in the US; Prix Italia, Prix Marulic, and Prix Europa Special Commendations for Documentary in Europe; and Canada's Atlantic Journalism Award, ACTRA Nellie, CAJ Best Investigative Journalism, and CBC President awards. He is also an author, television writer, and playwright, and has taught documentary feature-making and storytelling at festivals and workshops across North America and Europe. Chris currently directs the production company Battery Radio, with studios at the bottom of the cliff where Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless message in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Allan Coukell has been an award-winning radio reporter, producer, and
host. A native of Canada, he founded the weekly Radio New Zealand
science program Eureka!
in 1999. His documentaries have been broadcast in New Zealand,
Australia, and the US, and worldwide on Radio Netherlands International.
He has also contributed to the BBC World Service, The Economist,
and New York Times, and has taught broadcast journalism at the
university level. He has worked as a clinical pharmacist and as a science reporter for WBUR in Boston.
Julian Crandall Hollick is an award-winning producer of radio documentaries and founder of Independent Broadcasting Associates, whose mission is "to bring better understanding of non-American cultures to American audiences." His radio series include The World of Islam,
Passages to India, Letters from Jitvapur, Apna Street, Monsoon, Sadak Chhap, and Ganga. He has written on European
politics, Islam, and India for newspapers, academic journals, and
magazines, including Smithsonian Magazine and Arabia.
Kate Davidson is the Michigan reporter with Changing Gears, a public radio project about the transformation of the industrial Midwest. Prior to picking up the economic beat, she worked as a producer at NPR, primarily on Weekend All Things Considered. During the reporting and production of "Saints and Indians," Kate lived in Flagstaff, Arizona. "Saints and Indians" received the 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for best national news documentary from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. For her reporting on the Indian Student Placement Program, Kate was named a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Reese Erlich began his
career in journalism in the 1960s as an investigative reporter
for the magazine Ramparts. He reports regularly for NPR, CBC,
ABC (Australia), Radio Deutsche Welle, and The World, as well as
several newspapers. He was a contract correspondent for Common
Ground Radio, a weekly public radio show covering international
affairs. Reese is the author of The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis (2007) and, with Norman Solomon, Target
Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You (2003). He has produced many radio documentary series, including
Perspectives in Jazz, The Iran Project, and
The Russia Project.
Jason Felch is a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times,
where he specializes in investigative journalism. Before
joining the Times, he reported on Latin America, petroleum
and other issues for a number of outlets, including
the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle,
NPR, and FRONTLINE/World.
Vera Frankl produced hundreds of news reports, features, documentaries, and documentary series for the BBC, NPR, CBC, Deutsche Welle, and Radio Netherlands. She reported from all over Europe and from India, where she covered the Bhopal disaster and the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination. She won a silver medal at the New York Radio Festival for her documentary "Autumn Leaves," a family love story set in the Hungarian revolution. Her Special Assignment for the BBC on Algeria was short-listed for an Amnesty Award. Her articles appeared in The Guardian, Le Monde, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Toronto Globe & Mail, and various magazines in Britain and the US. She also worked as NPR's Europe reporter, and as a senior writer for the BBC World Service. Vera passed away in London in December 2012.
Deborah George is an independent producer, editor, and reporter.
Her career has taken her to Asia, Africa, and South America;
she has covered the Rwandan genocide, the war in Sierra Leone,
the politics of biotechnology, and the AIDS epidemic. She
was with NPR for 15 years, as producer of Weekend Edition
Sunday and as an editor and producer on the Arts, National, Foreign,
and Cultural Desks. She produced several special series
for NPR's news magazines and was the network's first liaison
for independent producers. She was also the senior editor
RadioWorks, producing documentaries and investigative reports
for public radio. Since 1996, Deb has edited the RadioDiaries series
with independent producer Joe Richman.
She has received numerous awards, including the duPont Columbia Gold
Batons, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and the Casey Award for reporting on children. "Saints and Indians," which she edited, received the 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for best national news documentary from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. It was Deb's second Murrow Award.
Nancy Hand is a reporter/producer for Arizona
Illustrated, a nightly television news magazine produced by Tucson's
PBS affiliate, KUAT-TV, and co-host of KUAT's bilingual news
and entertainment program, Reflexiones Domingo. Her articles
have appeared in National Catholic Reporter, Recycling International,
Coast Weekly, and Tucson Weekly. She has lived in El Salvador
and Spain, and has worked as a Spanish interpreter for the US State Department
and the federal courts.
María Hinojosa is senior correspondent
for the PBS program NOW and
host of NPR's Latino
USA, a weekly program reporting on news and
culture in the Latino community.
Born in Mexico City, she is a magna cum laude graduate
of Barnard College, where she majored in Latin American
studies, political economy and women's studies. From 1997
to 2005 she was a New York-based correspondent for CNN.
Prior to that, María
spent six years at NPR as a general assignment correspondent.
She has written two books and has won numerous awards for
her radio and television work.
Lorne Matalon is a reporter for The World, a daily international affairs program jointly produced by the BBC World Service, WGBH in Boston, and Public Radio International. He has reported for The World from Mexico, the US-Mexico border, and Venezuela. Prior to reporting for The World, he was reporter and host at WUNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has filed for NPR's Morning Edition, Marketplace, CBC Radio, and Radio Canada International. His television documentary examining slavery in Sudan was nominated for an Emmy, and he has also reported and produced television documentaries in Brazil and Africa. He is a contributor to National Geographic's Ethnosphere Project, an initiative that documents cultures around the world, and to National Geographic's online news service.
Victoria Mauleón is a documentary radio and
film producer based in San Francisco. Her first radio piece, "Panorama,
Texas," which chronicled a Mexican-American family's efforts
to bring running water to their colonia outside El Paso,
Texas, aired on NPR's Latino
USA. Her production company Wide
Angle Pictures recently completed a film that follows four
African-American students at UC Berkeley. She is currently
producing a cooking series for Spanish language television.
As a staff reporter for WNYC, Marianne McCune has
focused on immigrant communities and law enforcement issues in
New York and New Jersey. She has also reported from Burndi,
Ethiopia, Haiti, Pakistan and Mexico. She won the Daniel
Schorr Journalism Award in 2003 for her report following Pakistani
deportees back to Pakistan. She has also received awards
from the New York Press Club, New York State AP Broadcasters
Association, Newswomen's Club of New York, and Public Radio
News Directors, Inc. Marianne founded Radio
Rookies, a project that trains New York
teenagers to report and produce their own pieces. Among the Rookies' awards are a George Foster Peabody Award, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism
Award, the Casey Medal and two Third Coast Audio Festival
Karen Michel is a longtime "sound designer, sound junkie,
and producer of radio documentaries, features, and experiments
in transient work for the ears." A regular contributor to
the NPR news magazines, she has won many major awards and
fellowships, and spends much of her time teaching at radio
stations, colleges, and institutions around the country.
Chris Raphael began his career covering crime and
courts for a small newspaper in Northern Virginia. In 2002 he helped launch The
Big Story, an annual magazine that critiqued media coverage,
and served as the magazine's first managing editor. A graduate of the UC Berkeley graduate school of journalism, Chris was named
a FRONTLINE/World fellow in May 2003, and has reported for NPR, Diversion magazine, and other
media organizations. He now lives in San Francisco, where he works as an editor covering environmental and energy topics in California, including renewable energy, global warming, emissions credit fraud, and nuclear waste disposal.
Melissa Robbins has worked as an independent producer and as an associate producer with The Kitchen Sisters, Homelands Productions and WNYC's Radio Rookies. She has produced pieces for NPR, Third Coast Audio Festival and the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and reported for the BBC World Service. Prior to radio, Melissa worked as a newspaper reporter in London and New York City. She was an associate producer of Worlds of Difference, handling the bulk of the production duties for the special hours.
Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody award-winning independent radio artist and writer who has written and produced more than 400 audio art pieces and documentaries for NPR and PRI programs. Her work is often autobiographical or about cross-cultural peoples and is informed by her biracial identity. Her Peabody award-winning documentary "Mei Mei, a Daughter's Song" is a harrowing account of her mother's childhood in Taiwan during WWII. Her most recent project has been Crossing East, the first Asian American history series on public radio which just garnered a Peabody award. The eight-hour series took three years to produce and ran on more than 230 stations around the country. She received the Dr. Suzanne Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice from the Asian American Journalists Association and was one of 50 artists around the country to be selected recently for the 2007 United States Artists (USA) Fellowship. Other awards include the Peabody, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, the Casey Medal, the United Nations Silver award, two Clarion Awards, two Heart of America awards, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Award.
Tatiana Schreiber has worked as an independent radio producer since 1984. Her documentary series Places
Like This: Women in Prison, and Other Colors: Stories
of Women Immigrants received a NFCB
Golden Reel award, two Clarion Awards, and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism
Award. Tatiana has produced more than 100 feature pieces for NPR,
BBC, Latin File, Horizons, Monitor Radio, Living on Earth, Crossroads,
Artbeat, The Cultivated Gardener, Common Ground Radio, and other outlets.
In recent years her focus has been on agriculture, the
environment, and Latin America. She recently completed a doctoral
degree in Environmental Studies, looking at cultural pluralism in
relationship to the environment, through the stories of the indigenous
and mestizo coffee farmers of Chiapas. She is also a part-time farmer,
raising and selling
organic produce in Vermont.
Novelist, journalist, and teacher Elif Shafak was born in France and spent her teenage years in Spain before returning to her native Turkey. After earning a Ph.D. in political science, Elif went to the US, where she worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan and an assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. She has taught courses on "Ottoman History from the Margins," "Turkey & Cultural Identities," "The Queer in the Middle East," "Literature and Exile," "Politics of Memory," and "Sexualities and Gender in the Muslim World." She now lives in Istanbul. Among her novels are The Bastard of Istanbul (2007) and The Saint of Incipient Insanities (2004).
Michael Hardt is a political philosopher
at Duke University who specializes in political, legal, economic, and social aspects of globalization. He is co-author, with Antonio Negri, of
the books Empire
(2001) and Multitude
Richard Chase Smith is a cultural
anthropologist who has been working with Amazonian peoples
since the 1960s.
He is founder and director of the Instituto
del Bien Común (Institute for the Common Good) in Lima,
Billie Jean Isbell
is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in gender, peace and reconciliation, and social movements in Latin America. Now retired from teaching, she is former
director of the Latin
American Studies Program at Cornell University.