New Full Spectrum class includes magazine editors, filmmakers, podcasters and radio artists

(Photos from top left, clockwise: John Keefe, Janet Cardiff walk, Jonathan Mitchell, Christopher Allen)AIR has chosen 14 podcasters, reporters, producers and artists for the Winter 2015 Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive.

The weeklong creative workshop is led by award-winning documentarian Kara Oehler and taught by veteran storytellers from “This American Life,” Gimlet Media, ProPublica, WNYC and across the public media landscape. The competitive application is open to independent media makers and station-based talents who are want to learn to work with and integrate audio, video, text, data and digital media into their craft.


The Winter 2015 class includes:

Ninna Gaensler-Debs* | San Francisco, California

Ninna is a reporter, producer and editor at “Crosscurrents,” a daily news and culture show, and produces live storytelling events for KALW.

Julia Mitric* | Sacramento, California

Julia was the lead reporter on “Hidden Hunger,” a regional Murrow Award-winning multimedia documentary exploring how chronic food gaps impact families in the overlooked neighborhoods of California’s capital.

Zoe Sullivan* | McFarland, Wisconsin

Zoe has reported for The Guardian and Al Jazeera America on Wisconsin’s voter ID law and the Tony Robinson shooting, and worked with Robinson’s mother to create an audio diary in the days leading up to the decision about her son’s case.

Alix Blair* | Berkeley, California

Alix is the director and cinematographer of an ITVS-funded documentary film about a veteran in North Carolina coming home from war and starting a farm, which will air on PBS in 2016 and was selected as part of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Labs.

Lindsay Patterson | Austin, Texas

Lindsay is the creator and co-host of “Tumble,” a science podcast for kids that tells the stories behind science discovery, and is a consultant for Studio 360’s Science and Creativity series.

Tally Abecassis | Montreal, Canada

Tally is a Montreal-based documentary filmmaker whose films have played around the world on television and at festivals like SXSW, Hot Docs, the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, and Full Frame. Her podcast, First Day Back, chronicles her return to work after taking several years off to be with her children, and she is the founder, co-curator, and co-host of This Really Happened, a live storytelling series in Canada

Mary Helen Montgomery* | Chattanooga, Tennessee

Mary Helen is an independent producer working in audio and other media and an alumna of the Transom Story Workshop. She is the winner of a regional Edward R. Murrow award for radio documentary and was a Pulitzer finalist as part of a team at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Anne Fredrickson* | Woolhara, Australia

Anne is the creator of Pomegranate, a medical podcast created through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, which provides a space in which physicians can speak across these professional boundaries.

Rachel Osier Lindley | Birmingham, Alabama

Rachel is the news director at 90.3 WBHM in Birmingham and the station collaborator for “Finding Ensley,” one of the 15 projects chosen for Localore: Finding America. She has reported on Alabama’s fight to stop same sex marriages and on the continuing civil rights struggles in the South.

Jennifer Ament* | Los Angeles, California

Jennifer, an associate producer for Marketplace, has a knack for booking unexpected guests — including Run the Jewels talking about race relations in the wake of the Charleston church shooting.

Liam Geraghty* | Dublin, Ireland

Liam is a radio reporter for The Business, a program on RTE Radio 1 in Ireland, and has produced reports for shows ranging from science to arts and culture.

Andrew Leland* | Columbia, Missouri

Andrew, a former editor at the Believer and at McSweeney’s Publishing, has collaborated with artists, museums, publishers and universities. He created, hosts and co-produces the Organist (, a (now bi-weekly) award-winning podcast with KCRW.

Margaret Krauss | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Margaret can be heard on Pittsburgh’s WESA, recording little-known stories. In the past year, she has biked roughly 3,000 miles to interview 127 people in churches, in their homes, in steam plants and on boats.

Rocío Santos | Chicago, Illinois

Rocío, a bilingual producer at Vocalo’s Sunday Spanish-language programming, is also a facilitator of Vocalo’s Storytelling Workshops, which bring unexperienced storytellers from Chicago’s communities to the art of radio storytelling.

* Indicates active AIR member

For more information, visit the Full Spectrum FAQ or email AIR talent manager Bec Feldhaus Adams at Sign up here to be notified when applications open for the Spring 2015 intensive.