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v Stephen Smith, Executive Editor, Correspondent
v Catherine Winter, Editor/Producer
v Chris Farrell, Chief Economics Correspondent
v Michael Montgomery, Correspondent
v Kate Ellis, Producer
v Emily Hanford, Producer
v Laurie Stern, Producer
v Ochen Kaylan, Web Producer
v Ellen Guettler, Coordinating Producer
v Steve Schapiro, Contributing Photographer
Stephen Smith, Executive Editor, Correspondent
Stephen Smith reports on a wide range of international and domestic issues, including human rights, science and health, race relations and American history. He is co-creator of American RadioWorks, the largest documentary unit in public radio, as well as winner of the duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton and many other national journalism awards. Smith is a graduate of Macalester College and holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago.
Catherine Winter, Editor/Producer
Editor/Producer Catherine Winter began working for Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 1987 as legal affairs correspondent. She later produced features on rural issues for MPR's Mainstreet Radio team. She is the recipient of numerous national awards for her work, including two Silver Gavel awards from the American Bar Association and the Unity Award for reporting on issues affecting minorities and disabled persons. She taught writing and journalism at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 1999-2004. Winter holds a master's degree in English and linguistics from UMD and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chris Farrell, Economics Correspondent
Chris Farrell is Economics Editor for American Public Media's Marketplace Money and Marketplace Morning Report. Farrell is also a contributing economics editor at Business Week magazine, where he was previously economics editor and, before that, corporate finance editor. Farrell was host of public television's Right On The Money and prior to that, finance editor at Business Times on ESPN and was heard on Business Times Radio. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Stanford University.
Michael Montgomery, Correspondent
Michael Montgomery joined American RadioWorks as a correspondent in July of 1999. Prior to that, he was an associate producer at CBS Reports and 60 Minutes, where he covered national and international stories. From 1989 to 1995, he was a Balkans correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, covering the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the break up of Yugoslavia. He reported extensively on the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, including the siege of Sarajevo. He also covered the region as a freelance reporter for both Time magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Montgomery was a Fulbright scholar in Belgrade from 1987 to 1989, and the recipient of an Alfred E. duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton and Overseas Press Club Award.
Kate Ellis, Producer
Kate Ellis came to American RadioWorks with extensive expertise in American race relations. She began working with American RadioWorks in 2001, when her research on white and African American memories of segregation was featured in the program Remembering Jim Crow. She is the recipient of the ABA's Silver Gavel Award, the Unity Award for public affairs/social issues reporting, and the first place Headliner Award for documentary work. Ellis entered public radio as a college DJ in Santa Cruz, CA. She holds a B.A. from UC, Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.
Emily Hanford, Producer
Emily Hanford joined American RadioWorks in January 2008 to cover education. Before coming to ARW, Hanford worked with North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC for 8 years, first as news director and then as a senior editor/ producer overseeing the series North Carolina Voices. Hanford created the Voices series as a way to transcend daily news coverage and look deeply at complex issues. The series has taken on topics such as aging, unemployment, poverty, high school reform and access to higher education. The 2005 series Understanding Poverty received a duPont-Columbia Award, and a reporting project for the series on high school reform went on to become the American RadioWorks documentary Put to the Test. Hanford got her start in radio straight out of college as an intern and then independent producer for WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts. She moved from there to Chicago where she worked at Chicago Public Radio-WBEZ as a producer for the series Chicago Matters, and then as a newsroom reporter, program host and acting news director. Hanford now works from her home in Takoma Park, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. She has a degree in English and American Studies from Amherst College.
Laurie Stern, Producer
Laurie Stern has been producing news and documentaries for broadcast since the mid-1980s. She's freelanced for ABC, NBC and CBS News, and been a staff producer for television affiliates in the Twin Cities, as well as for Twin Cities Public Television. Most recently she worked at Hard Working Pictures, where she managed international reporting projects and co-directed the feature length documentary, Wellstone! Her storytelling has earned her two prestigious journalism fellowships and numerous awards. She has taught journalism at the University of Minnesota, and earned her Master’s Degree there. Stern has also driven a city bus and worked in a steel mill. The poverty project draws directly on the significant reporting and storytelling skills Stern has been honing for decades.
Ochen Kaylan, Web Producer
Ochen Kaylan comes to American RadioWorks with extensive graphic design experience, including serving as the Manager of Digital Design at the Walker Art Center and Senior Designer at Larsen Design. He has taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and worked as a Conflict Mediator for the Minnesota State Fair. Kaylan has received numerous design and advertising awards including: a Gold Pencil from The One Club; AIGA Minnesota Design Show selection; The Standard of Excellence Award from the Webawards; a Merit from HOW Interactive, a Unity Award for Reporting of Public Affairs/Social Issues, and a Special Citation from the Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. His artwork has been shown at the San Francisco Art Institute, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Austin Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Kaylan's radio work has been heard on American Public Media's Marketplace, Weekend America, and American RadioWorks, on regional stations throughout the Northeast and Midwest, and on Transom.org. He is also the composer of the American RadioWorks theme.
Ellen Guettler, Coordinating Producer
Ellen Guettler started with American RadioWorks as an intern in 2002. She went on to produce news programming with National Public Radio and the Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer before returning to ARW in 2003. Guettler has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Geography from Middlebury College.
Steve Schapiro, Contributing Photographer
Steve Schapiro worked extensively for Life, Look, Time, and Newsweek in the 1960s, covering that turbulent decade and shooting stories on the social and cultural climate of America. Shapiro's photos have appeared on the covers of many of the world's leading magazines. Schapiro's new book, American Edge, documents the spirit of the 1960s. Schapiro is a graduate of Amherst and Bard Colleges.