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Will Coley

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Member since 2011


  • New York, NY
  • New York, NY


Contact Will

  • Fact Checking
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Recording
  • Reporting
  • Scripting
  • Voice
  • Writing
  • Teaching

About Will

When I was six years old, I made my first audio production, “Sounds Around the House,” a series of recordings of household appliances. It would be many years before I pointed a microphone at people, however. After college, I worked for a refugee resettlement agency in my home state of North Carolina and was drawn in by the stories of these families from Vietnam, Somalia and Liberia. I continued working in immigration assistance for over twenty years in Zimbabwe, the U.K., and the U.S. and received the Reebok Human Rights Award for my work with people in immigration detention. These experiences made me aware of the need to help refugees and immigrants share their stories with a wider audience. I was inspired to create digital storytelling projects through my consulting practice for nonprofit organizations and philanthropic organizations. Since attending the first-ever Transom Story Workshop, I’ve produced audio stories for Transom, NPR News, “99% Invisible,” and the BBC World Service, among others. Most recently, I've been a producer at Condé Nast, where I’ve worked for “The New Yorker Radio Hour” and Vanity Fair’s “Inside the Hive.” I’m a proud member of AIR and also PRX.You can reach me at will[at]

Will's Portfolio



  • Tape Syncs
  • Story Editing
  • Social Media
  • Show Development
  • Scrubbing and Audio Editing
  • Research
  • Reporting
  • Producing
  • Audience Development
  • Interviewing
  • Field Recording
  • Field Producing
  • Fact Checking
  • Booking


  • Rode NTG 2 directional microphone (with grip & dead cat)
  • Shure VP88 stereo condenser microphone
  • Audiotechnica 8010 omnidirectional microphone (back-up)
  • Shure SM7B studio microphone & preamp (available for travel if needed)
  • Tascam DR 60D recorder
  • Sony PCM M-10 recorder (back-up)
  • Audio-Technica AT897 line/gradient directional condenser (with shock mount & dead cat)
  • Sound Devices MixPre-3