About JennaJenna Spinelle loves a good story and has spent the past 15 years telling them as a journalist, marketing professional, and most recently, as a podcaster. She is the communications specialist for the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State, where she hosts and produces the Democracy Works podcast in collaboration with WPSU, central Pennsylvania's NPR station. She is also the founder of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts about civic engagement, civil discourse, and democracy.
When she’s not podcasting, Jenna plans and executes all of the McCourtney Institute’s external communications. She also teaches journalism in Penn State’s Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and works with national and international clients as a freelance writer and marketer.
Democracy Works is a weekly podcast produced by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State and WPSU, central Pennsylvania's NPR station. I am the show's producer and one of its hosts. Each episode examines a different aspect of what it means to live in a democracy — from big concepts like neoliberalism or demagoguery to more tangible things like voting by mail and the power of protest.
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