Living Downstream

Living Downstream

Producers for Living with Lead: Annie Ropeik and Nick Janzen
Annie Ropeik is a public media journalist currently based in New Hampshire. She has previously reported, produced and hosted at member stations in Alaska, Indiana, Delaware and Boston, after internships at NPR in Washington. Her coverage of Superfund clean-ups, environmental policy and rural issues has earned her top awards from PRNDI and state press clubs. She is originally from Silver Spring, Md. and holds a degree in classics from Boston University.

Nick Janzen is a former award-winning energy and environment reporter. He’s covered toxic waste cleanup, the coal and renewable energy industries, agriculture, and coastal wetland loss for public radio stations in Indiana and Louisiana. New Orleans born and raised, Nick studied political science and liberal arts at the University of Alabama and is currently a law student at the University of Maine.

Producers for "Firing Forests to Save Them" - Allison Herrera and Debra Utacia Krol
allison herrera 400x400Allison Herrera is an acclaimed Native American radio journalist who currently works with PRI’s “The World.” Herrera’s Native ties are from her Xolon Salinan tribal heritage; her family’s traditional village was in the Toro Creek area of the Central California coast.

She’s covered gender and equity for PRI’s reporting project “Across Women’s Lives,” which focuses on women’s rights around the world. This project has taken her to Ukraine, where Herrera showcased the country’s global surrogacy industry, and reported on families who are so desperate to escape the ongoing civil war that they have moved to abandoned towns near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site.

Herrera’s Localore project “Invisible Nations” received several awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Herrera previously covered Oklahoma’s diverse Indigenous population, and received an Emmy award nomination for her Reveal story “Does the Time Fit the Crime,” which centered on criminal justice in Oklahoma and Ohio.

Her current project: a short documentary about the work of Jim Denomie, an Ojibwe painter from La Courte d'Oreilles, Wisconsin.

Herrera is based in Minneapolis, where she lives with her daughter, Anna.
debra krolIndigenous storyteller Debra Utacia Krol is an award-winning journalist with an emphasis on Native issues, environmental and science issues, and travel who's fond of averring that "My beat is Indians." She is an enrolled member of the Xolon (also known as Jolon) Salinan Tribe from the Central California coastal ranges.

Krol's forceful and deeply reported stories about peoples, places and issues have won nearly a dozen awards.

Krol seeks to leverage her extensive journalism experience in Native America and in the mainstream to tell the real story of Indian Country.

With nearly 20 years’ professional experience, Krol has covered topics ranging from how the Tohono O’odham Nation addressed border incursions and Arizona tribal communities’ efforts to deal with Alzheimer’s disease, to how a diverse group of artists, gallery owners and activists worked to create a live/work arts overlay district in downtown Phoenix. Krol's Arizona Indian tourism guides have been distributed across the U.S., and her coverage of the impact of invasive species on Native communities has won her accolades.

Krol has written for Indian Country Media Network/Indian Country Today, High Country News, Huffington Post, The Revelator, VICE News, Winds of Change Magazine (the journal of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society), the Official Arizona Visitors’ Guide and many other publications.

kalish closeup smProducer for "The Forgotten Civilians of Eglin Air Force Base" - Jon Kalish
As part of his 40-plus year career as a radio reporter, Jon Kalish spent seven years covering the Agent Orange class action from pre-trial conferences to post-settlement fairness hearings.
Kalish has reported for the NPR newsmagazines since 1980, written for Reuters and all of New York’s daily newspapers and developed an expertise on the Orthodox Jews of Brooklyn.
He lives in a loft in Manhattan with his wife Pamela, a painter, and two cats known as The Russians.

Producer for "Smackdown: "City Hall vs. Big Oil" - Claire Schoen
claire schoen squareFor the past 30 years, Claire Schoen has been producing audio stories in radio, audio tours and podcasts. This work includes over 30 long-form audio documentaries on stories ranging from immigration to solitary confinement to climate change.
Her last major series, "RISE: Climate Change and Coastal Communities" enjoyed wide distribution as three hour-long radio documentaries, six multimedia webstories, six audio features and a museum exhibit.
She has taught documentary storytelling at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies and the Stanford Storytelling Project.
Awards for Claire’s long-form documentary radio work include the Clarion, Gracie, NFCB and SEJ. She has also shared in a duPont Columbia award and a Peabody.

Producer for "Uranium: Toxic Legacy at Red Water Pond Road" - Ellen Berkovitch
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Berkovitch leads the Special Projects Reporting team at KSFR, Santa Fe Public Radio. She was KSFR News Director from August 2016 to September 2017. In spring 2017 she was awarded the Large Market Radio Excellence in Journalism prize from the New Mexico Association of Broadcasters for continuing coverage.
After relocating to New Mexico in 1993, she spent seven years as a freelance art critic for Albuquerque Journal North, and then became a staff writer at Santa Fe New Mexican’s Pasatiempo from 1999-2001.
In 2000, Berkovitch won an Associated Press investigative journalism award for her series on art dealer Gerald Peters’ sale of paintings attributed to Georgia O’Keeffe that experts later determined were fakes. She spent the next decade contributing to national publications including Artforum, Art&Auction, Art and Antiques, The New York Times, Los Angeles Weekly and other newspapers and magazines. She was editor-in-chief of Santa Fe Trend from 2007 to 2009.
In 2009, inspired by the digital revolution in journalism, Berkovitch became a journalism entrepreneur, founding the online art magazine of now in its eighth year of publication.

RuxandraRuxandra Guidi has been telling nonfiction stories for almost two decades. Her reporting for public radio, magazines, and various multimedia and multidisciplinary outlets has taken her throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region.
After earning a Master’s degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley in 2002, she assisted independent producers The Kitchen Sisters; then worked as a reporter, editor, and producer for NPR's Latino USA, the BBC daily news program, The World, the CPB-funded Fronteras Desk in San Diego-Tijuana, and KPCC Public Radio's Immigration and Emerging Communities beat in Los Angeles. She's also worked extensively throughout South America, having been a freelance foreign correspondent based in Bolivia (2007-2009) and in Ecuador (2014-2016).
Currently, she is the president of the board of Homelands Productions, a journalism nonprofit cooperative founded in 1989. She is a contributing editor for the 48 year-old nonprofit magazine High Country News, and she also consults regularly as a writer, editor, translator and teacher for a variety of clients in the U.S. and Latin America. In 2018, she was awarded the Susan Tifft Fellowship for women in documentary and journalism by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Throughout her career, Guidi has collaborated extensively and across different media to produce in-depth magazine features, essays, and radio documentaries for the BBC World Service, BBC Mundo, The World, National Public Radio, Marketplace, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Orion Magazine, The Walrus Magazine, Guernica Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic NewsWatch, The New York Times, The Guardian, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Atlantic, among others. She’s a native of Caracas, Venezuela.
Emrys and Greg Eller produced, reported and mixed "The Klamath Water Wars"

Emrys Eller (left) is a documentary filmmaker in New York. He and his brother Greg grew up in the Alaskan bush. Together they occasionally produce audio documentaries on the environment and the people who live in the western United States. They reported the "The Klamath Water Wars" in the summer of 2016 and finished production in 2018.. 

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Joseph O’Connell, coproducer of "New Growth in the Home of Environmental Justice" is a musician and public scholar who lives in Durham, North Carolina.  He conducts documentary fieldwork and produces narrative audio for cultural programs across the U.S.  He is a member of the production team for American Songster Radio, a North Carolina Public Radio WUNC podcast starring Grammy-winning musician and historian Dom Flemons.   

As a recording artist, O’Connell has collaborated with the Criminal podcast, songwriter Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Songs: Molina, a project memorializing the late Jason Molina.  He has recorded under the band name Elephant Micah for almost two decades.  In 2018, the music publication Pitchfork celebrated Elephant Micah’s ambient-leaning Genericana for its “oceanic depth and weight."

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Ese Olumhense is an investigative reporter and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia Journalism School. She has worked at THE CITY, the Chicago Tribune and the Investigative Fund; as a freelancer producer she has worked on programs for MTV and Netflix. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and was a fellow of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism there. 

Anjali Tsui is a project editor for MISSING THEM at THE CITY, a collaborative journalism project to document stories of New Yorkers who died of COVID-19. She previously worked at ProPublica and FRONTLINE, reporting investigative stories for print, radio and television. Tsui started her career in Hong Kong as a journalist for CNN International. Her work has been honored with a Peabody Award and a DuPont Award. She graduated with honors from Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and holds a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

holtz sm Reporter/Producer for "West Oakland's Diesel Death Zone": Sarah Holtz
Sarah Holtz is an independent radio producer based between Oakland and New Orleans. She produces audio walks for Gesso Media, oral histories for New Orleans Public Radio, and podcasts for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, Houston Public Media, KTOO, and WGBH. She received training in audio and writing at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

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Reporter/Producer for "Generations in Houston's 5th Ward Contend with Contamination, Cancer Clusters": Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee is an experienced storyteller, journalist and audio craftmaker based in Houston, Texas.

For over eight years, Laura worked as a reporter and editor at Houston’s NPR station. Her stories have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, Here & Now and Marketplace. She has also produced podcasts for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and Lantigua Williams & Co. She previously worked in newspapers, primarily at The Miami Herald.

Both her audio and print work have won local and regional journalism awards. Laura is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and earned her master’s in journalism at Columbia University.


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 Victoria Bouloubasis: Reporter/Producer for "Chicken Country, North Carolina: Justice on the Factory Floor."
Victoria Bouloubasis is a journalist, food writer and filmmaker. Her work aims to dispel myths about the Global South — its people and places — against the backdrop of complex social, political and personal histories. She often tells stories at the intersection of food, labor and immigration. She has reported from the U.S. South, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Greece. She is based in Durham, N.C. and has been a working journalist since 2008.

martin yvetteYvette Benavides is a professor of English and creative writing at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She is the host of the Texas Public Radio Book Public podcast. She is the co-author, with David Martin Davies, of San Antonio 365: On This Day in History (Trinity University Press).

David Martin Davies is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. He is the host of Texas Public Radio’s daily news program The Source and the syndicated weekly news magazine Texas Matters. Davies’ journalism has been recognized with two national Edward R. Murrow awards. 







miller headshot smallerJonathan Miller is a freelance radio and print journalist and executive director of Homelands Productions, a nonprofit journalism collective specializing in radio features and documentaries. He has worked in more than 20 countries in Asia, the Americas, Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. His features, news reports, and commentaries have been broadcast on NPR, Marketplace, PRI’s The World, BBC, CBC, PBS NewsHour, and other radio and television outlets. He has also written for The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Parents, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. From 2019 to 2020 he was senior producer of the Wondery podcast “The Next Big Idea” and from 2106 to 2018 he served as associate director of Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. He has won several awards for his writing and radio projects.







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Olivia Rodriguez Mendez (she/her/ella) is from Thermal, California, an unincorporated community in the Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV). Olivia is passionate about working alongside other community members in local efforts that center community voices.

Olivia graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Integrative Biology. Upon graduation Olivia returned to the ECV where she joined Coachella Unincorporated as a youth journalist in 2015. Throughout her time in Coachella Unincorporated, Olivia had the opportunity to work alongside other local filmmakers and artists to co-produce and write an award-winning film called, Estamos Aqui: A Community Documentary. Olivia then pursued a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Global Health from Loma Linda University.

Currently, Olivia is the Senior Program Coordinator for ¡Que Madre! Media, a program of Youth Leadership Institute. ¡Que Madre! is a space for young womxn in the ECV where they destigmatize mental health issues in their community through storytelling and advocacy.


Adriana Torres is a freshman at Stanford. "I am from the eastern Coachella Valley, specifically the unincorporated community of North Shore. At the moment I am planning to study public policy with a concentration in discrimination, crime, and poverty policy. In the future I hope to be able to come back into my community and do work related to immigration laws and policies."


Rosa Gonzalez-Andrade (she, they) is from the unincorporated community of Thermal, located in the Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV). She is currently a freshmxn at the University of California, Irvine as a Biological Science major on the pre-med track. She hopes to become a general physician or a gynecologist to help the community that helped her grow, the ECV. She enjoys promoting environmental, public, and mental health, as well as education reforms, through her writing. 

chalina smShalina Chatlani is the health care reporter for the Gulf States Newsroom, a collaboration between NPR, WWNO in New Orleans, WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama and MPB-Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson.

Shalina is based out of WWNO in New Orleans and covers health care access and inequity. Before that she was a science reporter for KPBS in San Diego and the Emerging Voices Fellow at WPLN in Nashville. Some of her reporting has looked at racial disparities in the coronavirus vaccine rollout and how the financial stress of the coronavirus pandemic is affecting communities of color in San Diego.


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