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Your Podcast is a Story: Finding and Telling Strong Narratives with Tracey Wahl, Rebecca Davis

Date(s): Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm, March 25, 2017
Arizona State University, Washington Center, 1834 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Essays

About the Instructor(s): 

Tracy Wahl

In her nearly 20 years at NPR, Tracy Wahl established herself as a champion for innovation in the newsroom. She was among the first at NPR to embrace social media as a way to engage audiences and deepen our journalism through crowd-sourced reporting.

She is passionate about experimentation, and incubating new ideas and talent. During her tenure, as Executive Producer of Morning Edition she made the program a start-up space for great work. She launched the Morning Edition Book Club, oversaw the ambitious, award-winning cross-network "Borderland" series, and inaugurated The Race Card Project with Michele Norris as a regular feature of the program.

She partnered with the Science Desk and Shankar Vedantam to develop "Hidden Brain" on Morning Edition, which spun off as a podcast in 2015. She was also part of the team that launched Invisibilia as a broadcast segment and podcast. In her most recent position as Executive Producer for Editorial Franchises, Tracy conceived of and executive produced A Nation Engaged - a collaboration with more than sixty member stations about issues related to the 2016 election. 

She is now a public media consultant focused on content and engagement. 

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis has been a senior producer on NPR’s Science Desk for 15 years. In that time, she’s produced stories on topics as varied as the health insurance system in Switzerland to live coverage of NASA’s final shuttle launch to the mysterious deaths of dolphins along Florida’s gulf coast. She has covered the early use of AIDS drugs in Haiti, the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the oil industry’s off shore infrastructure and the Vietnamese government’s dramatic transformation of that country’s chicken industry in response to a bird flu threat. During the Ebola outbreak, Ms. Davis told the powerful story of one doctor’s


Co-sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.