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Matt Peiken

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I left my public radio reporting position in February 2023 to launch The Overlook, a daily podcast about the news, arts, issues and trends of Asheville, NC.
Member since 2021

Matt is available for

I'm a coach/consultant from the ground up for conceiving and developing your podcast. I'm also a career journalist who can shape and sharpen the writing/scripting of your show, edit text and produce audio.
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Recording
  • Reporting
  • Scripting
  • Voice
  • Writing
  • Teaching

About Matt

I’ve spent my entire professional life as a journalist. I spent 5-1/2 years as the Arts & Culture Producer with Blue Ridge Public Radio, the NPR affiliate in Asheville, NC, before leaving in February 2023 to launch The Overlook with Matt Peiken, a podcast about the news, arts, issues and trends of Asheville.

I’m a former longtime staff arts and features writer with the St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press, arts reporter with the digital arm of WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, managing editor of the Walker Art Center’s magazine and a longtime contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine.

I’ve also founded and managed a variety of online journalism efforts, including the online video program 3-Minute Eggthe music-talk podcast Metal Brainiac, and the community op-ed page Opine Season. In October 2012, I self-produced God Votes No, a 45-minute video documentary about voices of faith supporting marriage equality in Minnesota.

Matt's Portfolio



  • Acting
  • Tape Syncs
  • Story Editing
  • Show Development
  • Scrubbing and Audio Editing
  • Reporting
  • Producing
  • Mentoring
  • Interviewing
  • Hosting
  • Field Recording
  • Field Producing
  • Voiceover


  • Zoom LiveTrak L-8 and Podtrak4 mobile recorders, Rode 4-track mobile mixer, MXL 770 studio microphone, 5 Podmics, Sennheiser wireless lavalier mics, Hindenburg audio editing software, iMac desktop

Previous Work

  • Western North Carolina Public Radio