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The Art of The Audio Interview

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We are in a golden age of the audio interview. News organizations are creating audio offerings in various formats, drawing millions of listeners who want to hear more and more via radio, podcasts and streaming services.

What makes us want to listen whether we're in our cars, on our phones or in our homes? What are the secrets behind great audio interviews? Hear hosts and producers from WNYC reveal how they produce and present compelling programming that is changing how we experience news, information and entertainment. RSVP


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MATT KATZ, REPORTER, WNYC NEWS

Matt Katz reports for WNYC about immigration, refugees, national security and hate. He covered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for more than five years, first for The Philadelphia Inquirer and then for WNYC, where he followed the governor through his presidential candidacy. 

In 2015 Matt and a team from WNYC won a Peabody Award for their coverage of Christie and the Bridgegate scandal, which was WNYC's first Peabody for news coverage since 1944. The following year Matt's biography of Christie -- American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption -- was published by Simon & Schuster's Threshold Editions. 

Before covering the Statehouse in Trenton he spent time in Afghanistan, writing a series on reconstruction efforts for The Philadelphia Inquirer that won the Livingston Award for International Reporting for journalists under the age of 35.  Matt has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times and Politico, and he reported a story about refugees in Malawi for PBS NewsHour in 2018. 


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ALISON STEWART, HOST, ALL OF IT, WNYC

Alison Stewart is host of All Of It, WNYC's weekday talk show with a fresh take on culture, the arts, the news of the day and how we live in New York and the surrounding region.

Since beginning her career as a producer and reporter for MTV News' breakthrough presidential campaign coverage "Choose or Lose"— which earned her a Peabody Award — Stewart has spent over two decades reporting for all the major national news networks. She has anchored her own groundbreaking and successful news programs on NPR, PBS, ABC and MSNBC, and reported from the floor of six presidential conventions, the Olympics and the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Her audio experience includes serving as host of NPR's experimental digital news program Bryant Park Project and hosting the first season of TED Radio Hour.


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MODERATOR: KAI WRIGHT, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, WNYC

Kai Wright is host and editorial director of WNYC’s Narrative Unit and a columnist for The Nation magazine.

He was the host of WNYC’s podcasts The United States of Anxiety, Caught, and There Goes the Neighborhood. Throughout his career, Kai’s reporting and writing has focused on racial justice, economic inequity, healthcare, and sexuality.

He is the former editorial director of Colorlines and a longtime fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.

Earlier Event: April 12
Women + Media Career Summit
Later Event: April 17
On Location: Hearst Magazines