- Norwich, United Kingdom
LanguagesConversational Cantonese, French, and Esperanto
Stephanie is available forI'm primarily available for consulting and editing, and especially interested in working on new fiction/narrative, diverse voices, and popular science podcasts. However, I'm curious about most things and always open to new opportunities, so please reach out if you have another collaboration in mind!
Primarily: Consulting, Editing, Research
Selectively: Reporting, Producing, Presenting/Hosting, Scripting/Writing
Stephanie Tam is an audio producer, researcher and writer. She has worked for various podcast shows and studios, including Freakonomics Radio, Radiolab, and Maeve in America, and WNYC Studios. She's also helped to produce new series for First Look Media, Theos Think Tank, the Centre for Effective Altruism, and NYT-bestselling author James Clear.
As a producer, she’s known for her ability to swiftly metabolize a wide range of interdisciplinary material and to craft compelling narratives around complex issues. Special research and reporting interests include psychology, immigration, behavioral economics, postcolonial politics, sociolinguistics, and medical history — but her omnivorous curiosity means those interests expand to just about anything, from the science of trees, the calculated risk of playing football, and the economics of altruism, to the quirky history of invented languages.
Before her adventures in audio, she pursued her love of storytelling and the social sciences through two master’s degrees in evidence-based social intervention and world literatures as a fully-funded Daniel M. Sachs Scholar at the University of Oxford; she also graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in English literature from Princeton University. Her writing has been published in various outlets, including The Believer, the Behavioral Scientist, and Slate. She has been interviewed about her reporting on language politics for KERA’s Think.
She is also working on a hybrid, fantastical novel about an immigrant family that spans three generations, two continents, and an ocean across which dreams were lost. Her literary agent is Clare Alexander.
For the series, I identified and researched the stories, booked the guests and studios, conducted over half the interviews, and prepped the host for the rest of the interviews. I also scripted and fact-checked the episodes in editorial collaboration with the host and executive producer, and worked with our technical director on sound design.
I pitched, reported, and produced this special feature for the Freakonomics Earth 2.0 Series. I also conducted the research, interviews, and scripting.
I took this episode from pitch to finish: identifying guests, storyboarding structure, conducting interviews, prepping the host, scripting, fact-checking, and advising sound-design and social media. I worked closely with the executive editor and show host on all the edits and final revisions.
- Tape Syncs
- Story Editing
- Sound Design
- Show Development
- Grant Writing
- Field Recording
- Fact Checking
- Stedman Microphone Pop Screen Filter
- Glyph Blackbox Plus External Drive
- Zoom H5 Recorder
- Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Mic
- Acoustic Soundproofing Panels
- Pro Tools
- Rode NTG2 Shotgun Mic
- Sony MDR7506 Headphones
- Izotope RX 8
- Rycote Windjammer Shield + Deadcat Softie
- Pistol grip + shock mount
- Senior Producer at James Clear LLC (2021-Present)
- Producer at Freakonomics Radio (2016-2018)
- Intern at Radiolab (2015-2016)
- Consultant & Producer at Reading Our Times (Theos Think Tank) (2020)
- Researcher at Dan Heath LLC (2019)
- Consulting Editor at Behavioral Scientist (2021)
- Founding Producer & Co-Host at Doing Good Better (Centre for Effective Altruism) (2016)
- Founding Producer at Maeve in America (First Look Media) (2016-2017)