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AISHA HARRIS, CULTURE WRITER AND EDITOR / HOST, REPRESENT PODCAST, SLATE
Aisha Harris is a culture writer and editor for Slate and the host of its new podcast show, Represent, in which she interviews women, POC, and LGBTQ artists in the film and television industry. Elsewhere, she's contributed to the New York Times online, The Dissolve, Marie Claire Italy, the Hartford Courant, and Jason Bailey’s book Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece.
Additionally, you may have seen and heard her as a guest on NPR, the BBC, CBC, MSNBC, NBC, and CNN as well as on various podcast episodes of shows like Slate’s Culture Gabfest and Double X Gabfest, Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period, and Pop Culture Happy Hour.
BRITTANY LUSE, PRODUCER / HOST, SAMPLER PODCAST, GIMLET MEDIA
Brittany is a producer and host of the Sampler podcast at Gimlet. In her spare time, she co-hosts For Colored Nerds, an independent podcast about race, news and pop culture. She hails from Farmington Hills, Michigan and is a very proud graduate of Howard University.
PAULA SZUCHMAN, VICE PRESIDENT, ON-DEMAND CONTENT, WNYC & WNYC STUDIOS
Paula Szuchman is Vice President of On-Demand Content at WNYC and WNYC Studios. She’s responsible for developing new podcasts and growing the audience and reach of WNYC’s expanding portfolio. She created WNYC’s first Podcast Accelerator to source new talent, and recently launched the chart-topping 2 Dope Queensand Sooo Many White Guys podcasts.
Paula also oversees WNYC’s annual women’s podcasting festival, WERK IT, as well as the station’s social media department and award-winning multimedia production unit. Prior to joining WNYC, Paula was the managing editor of The Daily Beast and a page one editor at The Wall Street Journal, where her career as a reporter and editor spanned nearly a decade. She is the co-author of Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage and Dirty Dishes.
MODERATOR: LISA TOBIN, EXECUTIVE AUDIO PRODUCER, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Lisa Tobin is an executive audio producer for The New York Times. Previously, Ms. Tobin held various positions at WBUR, including managing producer for Program Development, senior producer for Innovation, field producer and digital producer.
Ms. Tobin has received many awards for radio production throughout her career. These have included multiple Associated Press awards, first place in the Edward R. Murrow award for Documentary and a Scripps Howard award for Digital Innovation.
Ms. Tobin received a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, with a minor in Communications and Media Studies from Tufts University. She was born in Chicago and grew up in a small fishing down outside of Seattle, Washington.