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Jay Cockburn

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Audio producer, reporter, sound designer and writer
Member since 2023


  • Toronto, ON, Canada


Jay is available for

Field production, reporting, audio editing, sound engineering and tape syncs.
  • Editing
  • Engineering
  • Producing
  • Recording
  • Reporting
  • Scripting
  • Voice
  • Writing
  • Teaching

About Jay

I make podcasts about cities and their stories.

Freelance audio producer, reporter and investigative journalist based in Toronto. 

I produce City Space, for the Globe and Mail. A narrative-led podcast that recounts critical periods' in a city's history and investigates the legacy of those stories today.

Before moving to Toronto I worked for the BBC for eight years, directing flagship domestic and international news shows. I also worked as a producer and technical producer of pop music shows for BBC Radio 1, and in classical music at BBC Radio 3.

Today, I'm an audio journalist excited by stories about public space, urban environments and science fiction... so all the questions of how we might live our lives differently.

As well as producing and reporting  the "missing middle" episode of 99% Invisible,I have reported for the Toronto Star on our cities dire lack of gargoyles. I've uncovered networks of unlawful property management companies in Ontario for The Local, and reported a scoop for The Breach on how Toronto Police are squatting land meant for affordable housing.


As a combination of audio producer and investigative journalist I often find myself working as a field producer, such as in this special production for The Times of London, called Poison, which involved secret recordings and stakeouts tracking down a man alleged to have been selling suicide kits.

If you're interested in working with me, get in touch! jonathon [dot] cockburn [at] gmail [dot] com

Jay's Portfolio



  • Mixing
  • Voice Coaching
  • Tape Syncs
  • Sound Design
  • Scrubbing and Audio Editing
  • Reporting
  • Producing
  • Mentoring
  • Interviewing
  • Hosting
  • Field Recording
  • Field Producing
  • Audio Engineering
  • Voiceover


  • SM7B x 1
  • SM58 x 2
  • Zoom H8
  • Zoom H4N

Previous Work

  • Studio director, reporter, producer at BBC (August 2019)