IAB PodcastUpfront 2018
A special one-day marketplace designed for advertisers and media buyers to preview the latest in innovative podcast programming from some of the biggest names in the digital audio arena. The event aims to educate and raise awareness around the power of podcasts as a valuable platform to reach consumers. Presenters will share their content offerings and opportunities with which advertisers can effectively align their brands.
Jad Abumrad, Creator, More Perfect
Jad Abumrad is the creator of More Perfect, the critically-acclaimed podcast exploring the Supreme Court’s most significant rulings and how they impact our lives. Abumrad is also the creator and co-host of Radiolab, the Peabody Award-winning cult sensation heard by millions around the world, blurring the lines between science, philosophy, and the human experience. Abumrad is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (also known as the Genius Grant) for “inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story, and is also a musician and composer. Having grown up in Tennessee, Abumrad now lives in New York.
30 for 30
Jody Avirgan, Host and Producer, 30 for 30
Jody Avirgan is the host and producer of 30 for 30 Podcasts, the audio documentary series from ESPN Films. He also developed FiveThirtyEight Podcasts, where he continues to host, report and edit. Prior to arriving at ESPN, he was a producer at WNYC radio, and has worked with shows such as On The Media, Marketplace, Freakonomics, and many more.
Greg Batusic, Chief Operating Officer, PodcastOne
Greg Batusic is an accomplished senior media and sales executive with diversified expertise in strategic initiatives across growing domestic and international markets, including business development, brand marketing, ROI, cutting-edge technology and talent development. A proven leader, Batusic currently serves as Chief Operations Officer of Courtside Entertainment, LLC and PodcastOne, the leader in advertiser-supported podcasts an expansive network of more than 200 podcasts and high profile personalities.
Previously, Batusic was Vice President of Sales, Americas, at Line 6, a manufacturer of digital modeling guitars, amplifiers and related electronic equipment, working closely with product developers and marketing to initiate powerful sales strategies and tactics. As Executive Vice President, Global Sales at Gibson Guitars, Batusic worked on international distribution and strategy. He also co-founded and served as promotional Manager for The Promotional Edge, a highly successful marketing company that developed high profile multi-media programs for the music and media industries, after spending 16 years at radio syndication-giant WestwoodOne, where Batusic worked in Sales leadership positions during the company’s start, later serving as President of WestwoodOne Radio Networks and their Entertainment Division. Batusic got his start in broadcasting and entertainment as an Account Executive with Turner Broadcasting where he supported the launch of CNN’s sales arm.
Dr. Death & Bad Batch
Laura Beil, Host, Dr. Death & Bad Batch
Laura Beil host of Dr. Death and the upcoming mini-series Bad Batch, is a two-time American Society of Journalist and Authors award winning journalist with over 20 years of experience in health and science journalism. She began her career as a medical reporter for the Dallas Morning News eventually moving into print journalism as a contributor to Men’s Health and correspondent to Science News magazine.
Phyllis Marie Bowdwin, Artist & Writer,
Phyllis Marie Bowdwin, a Bronx-born artist, jewelry designer and griot, captures her people’s stories through her writing and her art. She was a Teacher Trainer for the New York City Department of Education, Crisis Intervention Counselor for the Marble Collegiate Church, and Coordinator of Daytime Casting at ABC. Her Middle Passage Maafa brooch was featured in the Styles section of The New York Times, exhibited at the New York Historical Society and acquired for the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She holds a B.A. from The New School and an M.A. in Education from Adelphi University. A 2013 BRIO award winner for literature, her short stories have been published in the Bronx Memoir Project and the UFT’s Reflections Magazine. As a volunteer at the Neighborhood Women’s Collective, she mentors and conducts life skills workshops for women and girls. Known as the Bronx Pickle, the Quiet Fire, and that nosy, trouble making #$%@&*, Phyllis is currently completing her first volume of short stories.
David Brown, Host, Business Wars
David D. Brown is managing editor and anchor of the daily statewide public radio news hour “Texas Standard”, based at Austin NPR affiliate KUT-FM. He is former anchor of the Peabody award-winning public radio business program “Marketplace”, host of the hit podcast “Business Wars” from Wondery, and a veteran public radio journalist for more than three decades. Brown has reported national and international affairs for NPR and PRI’s Monitor Radio from bases in Atlanta, Boston, London, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. He has reported on location from – and anchored documentaries on – the “Rising Powers” of Brazil and India, and he is also founder and host of the award-winning cultural journalism program “Texas Music Matters”. He is a frequent contributor to NPR and his features and interviews appear on ‘All Things Considered’, ‘Morning Edition’, and many other national programs. Brown is currently completing his PhD in Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin, and is an active member of the California Bar. His passions include guitars, watches, motorcycles, heavy metal, history, constitutional law, global politics and religious studies.
Conal Byrne, President, iHeartPodcast Network
Conal Byrne is the President of the iHeartPodcast Network for iHeartMedia. iHeartRadio carries more than 280,000 podcasts from its own originals to other major third-party podcast publishers and Conal oversees the iHeartPodcast Network of more than 750 original shows that amass more than 150 million downloads a month, making it the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally. He also oversees a team of over 50 podcast producers throughout Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles.
He led the launch of the HowStuffWorks (HSW) podcast program 10 years ago as CEO, making it the central focus of the company. Byrne joined iHeartMedia when the company acquired HSW in October 2018. He also previously served as Senior Vice President of Digital Media for Discovery Communications, where he ran digital for all of Discovery’s U.S. networks and led the launch of Discovery VR.
Byrne graduated from Georgetown University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He also went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University in New York City where he received a Master’s in Literature. In his free time, Byrne also writes and records music, supports up-and-coming indie film directors and tries to keep up with his four young kids.
Todd & Jayde in The Morning
Jayde Donovan, Co-Host, Todd & Jayde in The Morning
Hello. I am Jayde. I love life. Interested in yours. I try to always give people the benefit of the doubt. I love Mexican food, coffee, vodka – not in that order. I always wanted kids later in life. God that was hilarious… welcome Stella Lou! Stella is 4 years old and has sass for days! I love my career, but Stella Lou has my whole heart.
Her dad and I are not married and that seems to confuse a lot of people. We’ve been together about 8 years and do most things together. He has a 9 year old son who I love like my own. I’m sure I’ll become his dad’s noggin wife at some point, but for now I’m cool with the Kurt Russell Goldie Hawn comparison.
I grew up in California – LA area. My mother was a single mom on welfare raising my brother and me on her own until I was 5. She’s a badass. She showed me how to work for what you want in your life. My mom married my step dad and he loved all of us from day one. There’s something special about a man who chooses to take on a family. My dad has been there for me ever since.
I graduated from USC. I still pay ridiculous student loans. I would rather have a house. Or a Ferrari. I am flawed. Uncoordinated. I sing in the shower. I’m known to say inappropriate things, sometimes around children. Mostly mine. I enjoy meeting people, laughing, and soaking up every positive vibe I can from this planet. I am just trying to be a woman worth knowing.
Daniel Dopp, Digital Audio Producer, ESPN
Daniel Dopp started as an intern at ESPN in 2013 and has produced the Fantasy Focus Football podcast, Sports? with Katie Nolan, The Adam Schefter Podcast, The Bill Barnwell Show and The Fantasy Focus Baseball podcast. Daniel started producing the Fantasy Focus Football podcast with Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Stephania Bell in 2015. Under Daniel’s helm, Fantasy Focus Football added a digital video element in 2016 which has amassed almost 200 million impressions since its inception and a live Twitter stream in 2018 that currently reaches 250k viewers per show. He is also the co-host of The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry, a daily tv show throughout the fantasy football season on ESPN+.
Barbara Dunkelman, Host, Always Open
Barbara Dunkelman is the host of the Always Open podcast; the first-ever female-led and produced show at Rooster Teeth. She also often appears on other top Rooster Teeth network shows. In addition to her talent roles, she is the Director of Social Media & Community Marketing at Rooster Teeth.
Lex Friedman, Chief Business Development Officer, Midroll
Lex Friedman has led teams that collectively sold nearly $100M in podcast ads. Lex serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Midroll, a podcast company that works with hosts like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Simmons, and Marc Maron, along with networks like the NFL, Earwolf, and My Favorite Murder. Lex oversees the company’s ad sales, along with the subscription service Stitcher Premium and the merchandise business PodSwag. Before joining Midroll, Lex worked at a series of Internet companies; he co-founded a startup that was later acquired by Demand Media. Lex was part of the management team that sold Midroll to EW Scripps in 2016.
Executive Producer, iHeartPodcast Network
Holly Frey, Host of Stuff You Missed in History Class , Executive Producer, iHeartPodcast Network
Holly Frey is an Executive Producer and a cohost of Stuff You Missed in History Class. Her true historical passion is fashion from all eras. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and a small herd of cats. When she’s not obsessing over comma placement or talking about the past, she’s sewing, running, watching television, visiting a Disney park, rescuing animals, going to the movies, traipsing around town in a ridiculous costume or obsessing over delicious food. Sometimes, she does several of these things at once.
National Public Media
Gina Garrubbo, President and CEO, National Public Media
Gina Garrubbo is President and CEO of National Public Media (NPM), the corporate sponsorship subsidiary of NPR owned in partnership with PBS and WGBH. NPM offers a wide range of innovative marketing opportunities for brands across local and national radio, podcasts, smart speakers, npr.org, apps, and has a production unit dedicated to producing custom audio for brands. As head of NPM, Garrubbo is committed to ensuring the continued growth of NPR and the public media system via funding from corporate sponsors. Garrubbo has spent more than 20 years growing marketing and sales teams, launching brands and building companies, with extensive experience in traditional and digital media. She was one of the builders of women.com, one of the first websites for women, and BlogHer, which brought independent voices to millions of readers. Garrubbo built advertising sales teams for Oxygen Media, Discovery Communications and in syndicated television. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Tappp (an OTT video service) and Glen Highland Farm.
American History Tellers
Lindsay Graham, Host, American History Tellers
Lindsay Graham is a natural-born storyteller, a political pragmatist and an artistic annalist of some of the world’s most meaningful moments in history. He is also founder and CEO of Airship, a podcast and audio production company based in Dallas, Texas. In addition to composing and recording music for radio and film, Lindsay has proven his talent for producing captivating original podcasts, such as ‘Terms’, a political thriller now in its second season of production. As the host of ‘American History Tellers’, a new podcast from Wondery, he has further solidified his position (and his voice) as au fait in all things audio. Lindsay is a proud father, loving husband and is not in any way the Senator from South Carolina.
President, Westwood One
Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media, President, Westwood One
Suzanne Grimes is a dynamic executive who delivers strong transformational results growing media brands across outdoor, mobile, social, digital, print, audio, and experiential platforms through highly effective sales strategies and operational discipline in the public and private sectors.
At CUMULUS MEDIA, Grimes serves as EVP of Marketing, overseeing marketing strategy, branding, national events, integrated solutions, as well as data and insights for the company which broadcasts across 428 owned radio stations in 87 US media markets and 8,000 broadcast affiliates through its Westwood One network, as well as numerous digital channels including Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Grimes also has operating responsibility for Westwood One, the largest audio broadcast network in the U.S., home to premium content including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards. At the helm of the network, Grimes has made bold moves, including the launch of the first industry-wide ROI Guarantee in the audio space, and has consistently delivered topline growth and expanded margin.
Grimes launched Westwood One Podcast Network, which is rapidly becoming a leader in the podcasting space, growing exponentially due to its unrivaled promotional reach and portfolio of wildly popular podcasts that resonate with audiences, such as The Ben Shapiro Show, The Jim Rome Podcast, and Talk is Jericho.
Prior to CUMULUS MEDIA, Grimes was President and COO of Clear Channel Outdoor at iHeartMedia Inc., where she led a $1.3 million top line business and embraced new mobile, wireless, and digital out of home technologies to offer creative and innovative ways to interact with consumers.
Earlier, she was President of the U.S. Lifestyle division at Reader’s Digest Association, overseeing the rapidly growing food focused online social network Allrecipes.com, Every Day with Rachel Ray and the Reiman family of brands. During a long tenure at Condé Nast, she served as Senior VP of the Conde Nast Media Group, VP and Publisher of Glamour magazine, Publisher of Allure, and Publisher of Women’s Sports & Fitness. Earlier in her career, Grimes was the Senior VP and Publisher for TV Guide, then the largest selling weekly magazine in the country.
During her earliest stint in media, Grimes sold geographic database management systems to marketers for National Planning Data Corporation, fortuitous given the starring role that data attribution has come to play in contemporary media.
Grimes currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Radio Advertising Bureau, and is actively engaged with the Georgetown University Entertainment and Media Alliance. She lives in Westchester with her husband Dave, and enjoys a full life with their five children and their lovable Burnese Mountain Dog, Lulu.
Anya Grundmann, Vice President for Programming and Audience Development, NPR
As Vice President for Programming and Audience Development, Anya Grundmann leads NPR’s programming center to create and acquire the highest quality content offerings that will engage and grow public radio’s audience on Member stations across the country, and inspire new levels of engagement with audiences on digital platforms.
She leads NPR’s new program development and programming partnerships, along with talent and audience development. Anya led the development of Up First, It’s Been a Minute, and How I Built This for digital listeners, along with new programs for broadcast. Anya oversees all of NPR’s non-news programs (including Fresh Air, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, 1A, TED Radio Hour, and Invisibilia). Additionally, she manages NPR’s Worldwide Service and the network’s channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, NPR Music, NPR Events, and NPR’s video strategy.
Previously, Grundmann served as the Executive Director of NPR Music, a premiere award-winning source for music discovery and innovative multiplatform journalism, in close partnership with leading public radio stations and major NPR news programs. In 2013, Billboard named her as one of the “Power 100” in the music industry, and Fast Company noted that Anya and her team are “re-inventing public radio for the post-radio generation.”
Every month more than 6 million people engage with NPR Music content, and tens of millions hear NPR Music stories on NPR’s flagship news programs. Popular NPR Music series and podcasts include All Songs Considered, First Listen, Tiny Desk, Alt.Latino, and Turning The Tables. National music radio programs include World Cafe, Jazz Night in America, Mountain Stage, The Thistle and Shamrock, and From the Top.
Before the launch of NPR Music, Grundmann was Executive Producer of the NPR Music Unit, producing the national classical programs Performance Today, Symphony Cast, and World of Opera.
She began her career at NPR as Associate Editor and then Supervising Editor of Performance Today, winning a coveted Peabody Award. As a Special Projects producer for NPR, she produced the series Creators at Carnegie, a multi-genre concert series from Carnegie Hall, featuring musicians from Brian Wilson, to Audra McDonald, Richard Goode, and Youssou N’Dour.
In 2013, Grundmann was a Fellow in the Sulzberger Leadership program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2002-2003, she was a Fellow in the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University. For seven years, she co-Directed the NEA Institute for Classical Music and Opera writers, a professional development program for mid-career arts journalists.
She serves on the board of Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, D.C.
Mangesh Hattikudur, Senior Vice President of Podcast Development, iHeartPodcast Network
Mangesh “Mango” Hattikudur is the Senior Vice President of Podcast Development for the iHeartPodcast Network. In his role, he courts talent, works with producers and brands to develop shows and creates audio for all kinds of listeners. Mango comes from the Stuff Media team in Atlanta where he worked on several shows including “Committed,” “Happy Face,” and “Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe.”
Before joining iHeartMedia, Mango was the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Mental Floss, a magazine and website he and Will Pearson (“Part-Time Genius” podcast co-host and current SVP of Podcast Operations at iHeart) started as juniors at Duke University. In addition to editing the publication’s print and web properties, Mango led the brand’s expansion into books, video, board games, t-shirts, a live trivia show, and the award-winning children’s imprint SmartyPants. The Mental Floss team was nominated for several American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) Awards, featured as one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites, ranked No. 1 on Mashable’s list of Smartest Twitter Feeds and won several Webby and Digiday Awards.
In his spare time, Mango co-hosts the “Part-Time Genius” podcast with Pearson and is happiest when spending time with his wife and two kids (ages 5 and 8), out with his friends, playing pick-up soccer and tennis, fumbling on his upright piano and doodling. If he does the latter in a meeting, he promises you, he’s still listening!
All in with Chris Hayes
Chris Hayes, Host, All in with Chris Hayes
Chris Hayes is the host of “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC, editor-at-large of The Nation, the author of Twilight of the Elites and A Colony in a Nation, and hosts the weekly podcast Why Is This Happening?
Don't Keep Your Day Job
Cathy Heller, Host, Don't Keep Your Day Job
Cathy Heller is the host of the popular podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job. The show has been featured in The Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, and Apple Podcasts. Each week Cathy encourages thousands of listeners to find more purpose in their life and make a living doing what they love. She has interviewed successful creative entrepreneurs like popular author Seth Godin and actress Jenna Fischer from The Office.
Chris Hill, Host, Motley Fool
Chris Hill started hosting “Motley Fool Money” in 2009 and “MarketFoolery” in 2011. He oversees The Motley Fool’s audio programming including podcasts, radio, and smart speaker news updates. If the podcast industry were a stock, Chris would be buying as many shares as he could.
Kelli Hurley, Senior Vice President Digital Partnerships, Westwood One
Kelli Hurley is the SVP, Digital Partnerships for Westwood One, where she oversees the company’s digital sales efforts, primarily focused on the rapidly growing podcast vertical as well as streaming and on-demand audio. Kelli was the early champion of building the Westwood One Podcast Network, which officially launched in April of 2018 and is now the fastest organically growing podcast network in America. She works closely on all facets of this business from monetization, talent relations, and content creation to the acquisition of new shows and partnerships.
Kelli has amassed a lineup of podcast content, ranging from political talk to sports to comedy to pop culture — and the list of talent coming into the fold is growing by the day. Kelli has been the lead on some of the most successful partnerships to date: The Daily Wire, American Public Media’s In The Dark Season 2, and the Empow(h)er Network – dedicated to amplifying female voices in the podcast space.
Kelli is a radio and digital audio veteran with more than a dozen years’ of network radio experience under her belt. She started her career in Los Angeles, successfully managing clients and agencies for iHeart Radio, Premiere Networks, United Stations, and Westwood One. In 2011, she transitioned from network radio to digital audio as a Director of Sales for TargetSpot in Chicago.
Charlie Kammerer, President, Slate
Charlie Kammerer is president of Slate, where he focuses on developing ways for brands to tap into Slate’s audience through editorial content, podcasting, video, and custom programs. Kammerer joined Slate in 2017 after spending 20 years at Time Inc., where he was a brand builder and revenue generator across a diverse portfolio of brands, including Real Simple, Fortune, Food and Wine, Cooking Light, Golf, and This Old House. He’s based out of Slate’s Brooklyn office.
Dan Kennedy, Host, The Moth
Dan Kennedy is host of The Moth podcast, a longtime host and performer at Moth live events, and has spent much of the last fifteen years traveling the world performing and writing. His stories have appeared in GQ Magazine, on the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, in McSweeney’s, and in numerous print anthologies. He is the author of three books, Loser Goes First (Random House/Crown 2003), Rock On (Algonquin 2008, a Times of London Book of The Year, series rights bought by HBO) and American Spirit (Houghton Mifflin/Little 2013, a Publishers Weekly starred review). He has been a guest lecturer at Yale, and a guest author at The Harvard Lampoon in celebration of his work anthologized in The Best of McSweeney’s Humor. He lives in downtown New York, where he is currently working on another screenplay.
Korri Kolesa, VP of Sales & Partnerships, Midroll
Leon Krauze, News Anchor, Univision
Krauze anchors the 6p.m. and 11p.m. newscasts for Univision’s KMEX-TV Channel 34, the nation’s No.1 Spanish-language station. He also hosts En Boca de Leon (In the Mouth of Leon), a daily podcast that airs throughout the country, and serves as columnist for the newspaper El Universal de Mexico.
Journalist, author and anchor, Leon Krauze has a diverse career in media and academics. Author of six books, Krauze has been published in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast and a long list of publications in the United States and Mexico.
He has received various awards for his work, among them, six Emmy awards.
Krauze also the chair of the prestigious Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he teaches a community journalism workshop focused on immigrant history in the Trump era.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three kids.
Jesus Lara, President, Univision Radio
Jesus Lara is the President of Univision Radio. In this position, Lara leads the Company’s radio business and oversees the development and implementation of strategies that take UCI’s digital, content creation, programming and entertainment efforts within radio into the future. He works closely with general managers across the country as well as leaders across Univision Local Media to drive innovation and operational leadership of the radio business.
Based in Miami, Lara leverages UCI’s unique offerings in new and creative ways having launched a series of new shows and properties across all of Univision’s radio formats, these include: “La Bella y El Duro” with beloved Dominican personalities Francisca Lachapel and Brea Frank, “La Gozadera” with Los Pichy Boys, “El Free-Guey”, “El Jangueo” with Jackie Guerrido, and the Univision Deportes Radio network. He has been instrumental in finding ways to extend the equity of the Univision radio brands into new areas, launching the Uforia Music Series.
Lara joined UCI with more than 20 years of experience leading digital, programming, content, and marketing teams in the radio, music, and entertainment industry. He has worked with top media and content companies, including Viacom, EMI and most recently at Spanish Broadcasting System. During his career he has been known as a trailblazer in the execution of digital, programming, content and talent strategies to reach Hispanic and international audiences.
In 2017, Lara was named to Radio Ink’s 40 Most Powerful People in Radio and is included in Billboard’s 2017 Latin Power Players. Lara is a marketing and international business graduate from Florida International University and holds an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, as well as an MSc in Digital Marketing from I.E. Business School in Madrid, Spain.
Suzie Lechtenberg, Executive Producer, More Perfect
Suzie Lechtenberg is the Executive Producer of More Perfect from WNYC Studios. Prior to More Perfect, she was the Executive Producer of Freakonomics Radio. Lechtenberg has also worked for Marketplace, Freakonomics Radio, Day to Day, Studio 360, and Weekend America.
Hernan Lopez, Founder and CEO, Wondery
Hernan Lopez is Founder & CEO of Wondery, the largest independent podcast publisher. Wondery became the fastest network to join the Top 10 ranker by Podtrac, propelled by immersive hit shows like Dr. Death, Dirty John, American History Tellers, Business Wars, The Shrink Next Door and American Innovations. Prior to founding Wondery, Hernan was President & CEO of Fox International Channels, a $3bn division of Fox (now Disney). Hernan has been a speaker at Cannes Lions, CES, SXSW, Promax and Natpe, and his articles have been published by Ad Age and Fast Company. He holds an MBA from University Of Miami and lives in Los Angeles.
Tobin Low, Co-Host, Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine, and The Guardian, Nancy has been praised for its “empathetic sense of how it feels to be young, searching, and a work in progress” by Vulture and as a “must-listen” by OUT Magazine. Prior to Nancy, Tobin was professional cellist. And, Kathy wants it noted that while this whole hosting thing makes her very uncomfortable, she’s leaning the eff in. You can find more about Tobin, Kathy, and Nancy at nancypodcast.org.
Ivan Maisel, Senior Writer, ESPN
The award-winning and nationally respected Ivan Maisel has covered college football for ESPN since 2002, writing for ESPN.com and appearing on television and ESPN Radio and on podcasts. In fact, his tenure on the national college football beat is the longest uninterrupted tenure of any writer in the country.
Prior to joining ESPN.com in November 2002, Maisel served as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and CNNSI.com for five years. Maisel also covered national college sports for Newsday from 1994 to 1997, and for The Dallas Morning News from 1987 to 1994, and as a columnist for The Sporting News.
Maisel has been honored six times for Best Story by the Football Writers Association of America, including the each of the last three years, most recently for an ESPN.com game story about Oregon’s defeat of Florida State in the 2014 College Football Playoff semifinal. He also shared an award for the Best Enterprise Story from the Associated Press Sports Editors while at Newsday. He served as president of the Football Writers Association of America in 1995. The FWAA honored Maisel in Jan. 2016 with the Bert McGrane Award, the equivalent of the organization’s Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Honors Court, which selects the members of the College Football Hall of Fame for the National Football Foundation.
Maisel earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University and is a graduate of Murphy High in Mobile, Ala., which accounts for his lifelong love of college football.
Steve Mandala, President of Advertising Sales and Marketing, Univision
Steve Mandala is president of Advertising Sales and Marketing for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America. In this role, he oversees advertising sales and marketing for UCI’s suite of media offerings, including Univision Network, UniMás Network, cable networks: Galavisión, Univision tlnovelas, UDN (Univision Deportes Network), FOROtv as well as Univision Local Media, Digital, and Direct Response.
Mandala, who previously served as EVP of Advertising Sales as well as vice president of West Coast Network Sales, rejoined the Company in 2012. He came to UCI after spending 15 years in various leadership roles at NBCUniversal and Telemundo.
During his five-year tenure as executive vice president, Cable Entertainment Ad Sales at NBCUniversal, Mandala led a team of more than 200 marketing and selling professionals working on seven different networks. He played a key role in the integration of the acquisition of Oxygen to the NBCU family and the NBCU/Comcast integration process.
Prior to NBCUniversal, Mandala served as senior vice president, Telemundo Network Sales and Marketing and Affiliate Relations. His television sales career began when he joined Telemundo’s KVEA-52 affiliate in Los Angeles as general sales manager.
Mandala, a 2017 Cablefax Sales Hall of Fame inductee, is also recipient of Hispanic Ad’s “Hispanic Media Executive of the Year.” He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Business Administration.
Conversations with People Who Hate Me
Dylan Marron, Host and Producer, Conversations with People Who Hate Me
Dylan Marron is an IFP Gotham Award & Drama Desk-nominated writer, performer, and video maker. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, an alum of the
New York Neo Futurists , and the creator of Every Single Word (Tumblr’s “Most Viral Blog” of 2015; Shorty Award Nominee), a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color. As a writer & correspondent at Seriously.tv Dylan created, hosted, and produced Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People , Shutting Down Bullsh*t , and the Unboxing series. He currently hosts & produces Conversations with People Who Hate Me , a podcast where he calls up the people behind negative comments on the internet. It was selected as a Podcast Pick by USA Today & The Guardian , named “the timeliest podcast” by FastCompany , and won a Webby Award.
Roman Mars, Host, 99% Invisible, Founder, Radiotopia
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 350 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He was a TED main stage speaker in 2015. It is currently the most popular TED Talk about design with over 5 million views. His crowd funding campaigns have raised over $4 million and he’s the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history. He is also a co-founder of Radiotopia, a collective of ground-breaking independent podcasts.
Straight Talk with Ross Mathews
Ross Mathews, Host, Straight Talk with Ross Mathews
Since 2001, Ross Mathews has traveled the world and established himself as one of the most in-demand television personalities, hosts and pop culture experts in the entertainment arena today. Endearing and witty, undeniably funny and one of the hardest working people in show business, Mathews has won the hearts of millions of Americans since his television debut — as a correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Mathews can currently be seen as a judge on the smash-hit and Emmy-nominated series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Mathews, along with RuPaul, Carson Kressley, and Michelle Visage leave fans wanting more each week with their rapid-fire quick wit, impeccable sense of style and signature sass, as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life or “Sashay Away.” Their brand new all-star season, “Ru- Paul’s Drag Race All Stars 3” premiered on VH1 in January 2018, and season 10 for the original series which premiered on March 22, 2018.
In addition to “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Mathews competed on CBS’ “Celebrity Big Brother” which was the first celebrity edition in the U.S. of the popular “Big Brother” series. He came in second place and won America’s Favorite Houseguest voted on by the viewers. Mathews currently co-hosts the Big Brother after show with Marissa Jaret Winokur. This show is produced by CBS and Facebook. Mathews also can be heard weekly on his top rated, podcast, Straight Talk with Ross Mathews [Wondery]. The podcast premiered in 2014 and each week Mathews offers fans new episodes showcasing his distinct voice and hilarious takes on the latest celebrity and entertainment news and gossip. Past guests include Tracee
Ellis Ross, Kristen Bell and Tiffani Thiessen. In 2013, Mathews released his first book, “Man Up: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence” [Grand Central Publishing] which quickly became a national bestseller. With an introduction written by Gwyneth Paltrow, and afterword from Chelsea Handler, Man Up takes readers inside Mathews’ personal journey as a super fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small town life and big city adventures, and how he managed to turn an obsession with pop culture into one on one interactions with celebrities like Paltrow, Tiffani Thiessen, Madonna, and Michelle Kwan [to name a few] without ever having a single restraining order issued against him. On the television front, he was also the host of “Hello Ross,” a weekly fan destination where the intersections of celebrity gossip and pop culture collide, giving a unique viewpoint into the latest Hollywood news. Mathews was nominated for a 2014 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New Talk Show Host” for his work on “Hello Ross.” In 2015, Mathews also hosted his own radio show for SiriusXM on the OutQ channel.
In 2009, Mathews hosted and executive produced a daily web talk show for The Insider and CBS.com called “Inside Dish with Ross Mathews,” a show about covering Hollywood from the outside in. “Inside Dish” eventually became the official web show for CBS hits “Big Brother,” and the Emmy Award winning series “The Amazing Race.” In 2011, Mathews began a national college tour speaking about his experiences climbing the Hollywood ladder and discussing his humorous take on pop culture. Many of his tour dates were documented on E! News’ political series “Pop & Politics.” Leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election, Mathews was the official political reporter for E! News. He covered both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where he interviewed politicians including First Lady Michelle Obama, former Speakero f the House Nancy Pelosi, and former Republican Presidential nominee John McCain.
Mathews’ impressive resume of programs he has appeared on over the past decade include: E! Network’s red-carpet award show coverage, FOX’s “Hollywood Today Live” as a co-host, “Celebrity Name Game,” NBC’s “1 vs. 100” and “Phenomenon,” and FOX’s & Ryan Seacrest’s “Knock Knock Live.” He has appeared as a guest co-host multiple times on ABC’s “The View,” and he was a contestant on the fifth season of VH1’s hit series “Celebrity Fit Club.” He has also appeared as a celebrity correspondent on “Extra” and “The Insider,” has recurred as Chris on “Days of our Lives,” co-hosted The Game Show Network’s “Big Saturday Night,” appeared on the OWN Network’s “Ask Oprah’s All- Stars,” starred as himself in ABC Family’s holiday movie “Christmas Cupid,” and has made appearances on BRAVO’s “Interior Therapy,” ABC Family’s “Beverly Hills Nannies Reunion,” E!‘s “Studio E!” and “After Lately,” and HGTV’s “House Hunters. On the social media front, Mathews is a force with a total reach of over one million followers through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Mathews currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Salvador, and their rescue dogs. The duo also has a house in Palm Springs that they frequent on the weekends. When not working on his many projects, Mathews is a strong supporter of the Human Rights Campaign- speaking at many of their nationwide events and he received their Visibility Award in 2011.
Authentic and Podtrac
Mark McCrery, Founder and CEO, Authentic and Podtrac
Mark McCrery is Founder and CEO of Authentic and Podtrac. At Authentic, Mark leads the team that represents This American Life, Serial, S-Town, This Week in Tech, Motley Fool and 300 other top podcasts, delivering measurable results for brand and direct response advertisers for 13 years. At Podtrac, Mark’s team measures tens of thousands of top podcasts and produces the industry’s only rankings of the top podcast publishers and podcasts by unique US monthly audience.
Kristen Meinzer, Director of Nonfiction Programming, Panoply
Kristen Meinzer is the Director of Nonfiction Programming at Panoply and co-host of By The Book and When Meghan Met Harry. Formerly, she was a culture producer for WYNC, co-host of the Movie Date podcast, and launch producer of The Sporkful podcast.
Jarl Mohn, President and CEO, NPR
Jarl Mohn is President and CEO of NPR, one of the nation’s most trusted sources of news and cultural content. In this capacity, Mohn oversees NPR’s strategy to continue NPR’s mission to create a more informed public by working in partnership with Member stations across the country.
Mohn’s deep media experience has spanned all media platforms as well as rapid changes in audience trends. He spent almost 20 years in radio, many as a disc jockey at stations including WNBC in New York. In addition to his on-air work in radio, he served as a programmer, general manager, and owner of a group of radio stations. He created E! Entertainment Television, and served as its president and CEO for almost a decade. He is the former executive vice president and general manager of MTV and VH1 where he architected the strategy of long-form programming at the heart of the network today and diversified the networks’ audiences by developing innovative programming around alternative music formats. He was also founding president and CEO of Liberty Digital, a public company that invested in cable networks, the Internet and online businesses.
Prior to joining NPR in July of 2014, Mohn served the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) for more than a decade, including two years as chairman. He also spent over 12 years on the board of The Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, including six years as its chair. He has also been a corporate director and advisor to a number of media companies, making direct early stage angel and seed investments in digital media/technology ventures. Since 2008 he has served on the board of Scripps Networks Interactive. He and his wife Pamela created The Mohn Family Foundation in 2000.
He attended Temple University, where he studied Mathematics and Philosophy.
Leon Neyfakh, Host, Slow Burn
Leon Neyfakh is a staff writer at Slate and the host of Slow Burn. He has covered criminal justice, social science, the art world, the tech industry, and pop music. He is the author of The Next Next Level, and has written for the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, the FADER, and the New Yorker online.
Katie Nolan, Host, ESPN
Emmy-winning host and opinionist Katie Nolan joined ESPN in October 2017, bringing the network her sharp, irreverent and highly knowledgeable voice on the world of sports, culture and beyond. In addition to hosting her own digital series, Nolan’s original podcast will debut in January 2018, and she currently co-hosts SportsCenter on Snapchat. Nolan also regularly lends her perspective to ESPN studio shows and will continue to appear across multiple digital platforms.
Prior to her role at ESPN, Nolan hosted Fox Sports 1’s Garbage Time with Katie Nolan, which won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Social TV Experience, and hosted a popular podcast of the same name. Nolan joined Fox Sports 1 in 2013 as a digital correspondent for the sports and pop culture show Crowd Goes Wild. Katie also produced and hosted her own FoxSports.comdigital show, No Filter, covering daily sports topics with her distinctive brand of humor. One of these videos, an unvarnished commentary on the media’s responsibility in the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident, earned her widespread praise and cemented the importance of her voice in sports media. During her tenure at Fox Sports, Nolan also served as host of the iconic series NFL Films Presents in 2016 and 2017.
Nolan began her media career in Boston, starting her own blog while bartending, and would go on to work for Guyism, part of the Fox Sports Yardbarker network. There she wrote, produced and hosted The Guyism Speed Round, a daily video series that put an unusual and humorous spin on the day’s happenings.
Originally from Framingham, Massachusetts, Nolan graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Public Relations. In her youth, Katie was a competitive rhythmic gymnast and a Junior Olympic Gold Medalist in the sport, and will forever remain a die-hard Boston Sports fan.
Chris Petersen, Senior Vice President, Podcasting, iHeartRadio
Bob Pittman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, iHeartMedia, Inc.
Bob Pittman is Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., the number one audio company in America —and number one media outlet as well—by reach, with over a quarter-billion monthly broadcast listeners. iHeartMedia is also a major presence on many other platforms, including its iHeartRadio digital service; social; podcasts; influencers; and live concerts and events.
iHeartMedia has also created a unique and robust data platform and the only programmatic advertising platform for broadcast radio.
Pittman is the co-founder and programmer who led the team that created MTV. He has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate and Time Warner Enterprises and was COO of America Online, Inc. and AOL Time Warner.
Pittman has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame; received AdWeek’s first ‘Media Visionary’ award; was named one of Advertising Age’s “50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV” and “10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture”; and was recognized as one of Life Magazine’s “Five Original Thinkers of the 80s” as well as the eighth of Life Magazine’s “50 Most Influential Boomers.”
Pittman is the former chairman of both the New York Public Theater and the poverty-fighting organization the Robin Hood Foundation.
Pittman began his career at 15 as a radio announcer in his native Mississippi.
David Raphael, Founder and President, PMM
David Raphael is Founder and President of PMM and leads a sponsorship team who offers advertising in the biggest and most successful Podcasts in the industry including Serial, This American Life, The Joe Rogan Experience, Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert, Anna Faris is Unqualified and the Maximum Fun Podcast network. PMM also sells sponsorship in national programs on NPR stations and TV series on PBS. For nearly a decade, PMM has continually delivered outstanding results to their sponsors everyday.
In the past, David lead national sponsorship at both WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio / NPR) and WNET (PBS New York). David has a background in commercial television and radio enjoying a tenure at both Fox Television Syndication and CBS Radio.
TED Radio Hour, How I Built This, and Wow In The World
Guy Raz, Host & Editorial Director, TED Radio Hour, How I Built This, and Wow In The World
Guy Raz is the host, co-creator, and editorial director of three NPR programs, including two of its most popular ones: TED Radio Hour and How I Built This. Both shows are heard by more than 14 million people each month around the world. He is also the creator and co-host of NPR’s first-ever podcast for kids, Wow In The World.
TED Radio Hour is a co-production of NPR and TED that takes listeners on a journey through the world of ideas. Each week, the world’s greatest thinkers, scientists, artists, and visionaries join Raz for an exploration into the common experiences that make us human. The TED Radio Hour asks questions like “Why do we have the capacity to imagine?” “What animates us?” “What does it mean to live in the Anthropocene?” It is also the fastest-growing NPR radio program in history and the third most-downloaded podcast in America.
How I Built This is a podcast about the greatest innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity, and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best-known companies and brands. In 2016, it was named one of the top ten podcasts of the year by iTunes, and Inc Magazine called it “the best podcast to take on the new year.”
Wow in the World is a show about science, wonder, discovery and the amazing things happening in our world. It’s for kids ages 5-10 and marks NPR’s first-ever foray into children’s programming. The Guardian called it “a kids podcast with plenty for parents, too!”
In 2017, Raz became the first person in the history of podcasting to have three shows in the top 20 on the Apple Podcast charts.
Previously, Raz was weekend host of NPR News’ signature afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered. During his tenure, he transformed the sound and format of the program, introducing the now-signature “cover story” and creating the popular “Three-Minute Fiction”writing contest.
Raz joined NPR in 1997 as an intern for All Things Considered and has worked virtually every job in the newsroom from temporary production assistant to breaking news anchor. His first job was the assistant to NPR’s legendary news analyst Daniel Schorr.
In 2000, at the age of 25, Raz was made NPR’s Berlin bureau chief where he covered Eastern Europe and the Balkans. During his six years abroad, Raz covered everything from wars and conflict zones to sports and entertainment. He reported from more than 40 countries including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Macedonia, and the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Raz also served as NPR’s bureau chief in London, and between 2004-2006 he left NPR to work in television as CNN’s Jerusalem correspondent. During this time, Raz chronicled everything from the rise of Hamas as a political power to the incapacitation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. In 2006, Raz returned to NPR to serve as defense correspondent where he covered the Pentagon and the US military.
For his reporting from Iraq, Raz was awarded both the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Daniel Schorr Journalism prize. His reporting has contributed to two duPont awards and one Peabody awarded to NPR. He’s been a finalist for the Livingston Award four times. He’s won the National Headliner Award and an NABJ award, in addition to many others. In 2008, he spent a year as a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University where he studied classical history.
As a host and correspondent, Raz has interviewed and profiled more than 6,000 people including Christopher Hitchens, Condoleezza Rice, Jimmy Carter, Shimon Peres, General David Petraeus, Al Gore, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Eminem, Taylor Swift, and many, many others.
Raz has anchored live coverage on some of the biggest stories in recent years, including the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Newtown School Shootings, and the 2012 presidential election.
He has also served as a Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University, a Shapiro fellow at George Washington University, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Georgetown.
Most importantly, Guy is a father. He’s performed in DC children’s theater as the narrator in “Cat in the Hat.” He helped design the local playground in his neighborhood. And Guy is also known as the “Cokie Roberts for the 4-8-year-old crowd” as the news analyst for the Breakfast Blast Newscast on Kids Place Live on SiriusXM radio. You can catch his updates each Friday morning. His work on the Breakfast Blast Newscast was named “Best Children’s Radio Program” of 2016 by the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs.
Guy is also an avid cyclist who commutes to work on his bike year-round. From early April to late September, you can find him at Nationals Park watching baseball.
Teresa Rodríguez, Co-anchor, “Aquí y Ahora,” , Univision
Thirteen time Emmy Award-winning journalist Teresa Rodríguez is co-anchor of Univision’s primetime award-winning weekly newsmagazine program, “Aquí y Ahora,” (Here and Now), which features investigative and consumer stories on a number of important issues facing U.S. Hispanics, as well as interviews with leading newsmakers, politicians and celebrities.
She is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award and a Silver Angel Award for Excellence in Media. She was named to the 2013 Power Women list by New York Moves Magazine and was recognized by The Hollywood Reporter for having one of the top 10 highest Q scores for Spanish-speaking U.S. Latinos. She was also honored with the Silver Circle Award from the Suncoast, Florida chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 2016, she received a GLAAD award for her special, “En Cuerpo Ajeno,” (“In a Foreign Body”), which examined the lives of four transgender individuals. It was the first time that Univision dedicated an hour of prime-time programming to the topic. This year she won another GLAAD outstanding journalism award for her story on a well-known Venezuelan singer and her transgender son.
She is the best-selling author of the book, “The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border,” based on her more than 10 years of investigative reports on the abduction, rape, and murder of hundreds of women in Juarez, Mexico. The book is required reading in some universities in the U.S. as it relates to the Mexico-U.S. border. She is also a contributing author of “Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhood and Fierce Friendships,” a collection of essays.
Teresa also has her own English-language weekly podcast, “Stories Beyond the Headlines,” covering national and international stories from crime and politics to immigration, the economy, medicine as well as interviews with newsmakers, celebrities and athletes. The podcast is available on @RevolverPodcasts @Spotify @GooglePlay and @Uforia.
Rodríguez joined Univision in 1982 as co-anchor of the national newscast, becoming the first woman ever to host a national primetime Spanish language newscast. She went on to become the executive producer, creator and host of Univision’s first news magazine program, “Portada,” which aired throughout the continental U.S. and in 18 Latin American countries. Later, she was named executive producer and host of “Aqui y Ahora con Teresa Rodriguez,” an Emmy-award winning series of newsmagazine specials which became the model for the current “Aqui y Ahora.” Previously, Rodríguez hosted “America through Spanish Eyes,” a series of award-winning specials aimed at increasing awareness about the problems affecting Hispanics in the U.S.
Rodriguez was a founding member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is a former Board of Trustee member of Barry University in Miami Shores, her alma mater and is a Miami Dade College Hall of Fame Inductee, also taking part in the college’s recruitment campaign, “I am MDC.”
She has served as the Spanish-language national spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign and is a key proponent of Univision’s health and education initiatives as well as voter registration drives among Latinos in the United States. Currently, she is a Steering Committee Member of Univision’s Women’s Leadership Council. Rodriguez resides in Key Biscayne, Florida, is married and has two sons.
The Jim Ross Report
Jim Ross, Host, The Jim Ross Report
Jim Ross’ sense of humor, strong opinions, and engaging interviews with famous friends has established his place in the podcast world. Known as the “Voice of Wrestling” after a 40+ year distinguished career in broadcasting and his long tenure in the WWE, Ross is a multi-time New York Times Best-Selling author. His current autobiography, SlobberKnocker: My Life in Wrestling, has been #1 in its category for more than a year. The WWE calls him “one of the greatest commentators in the history of the squared circle.” During his 21-year WWE tenure, EVP of Talent Relations Ross and his team signed wrestling icons as Steve Austin, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Dave Bautista, Kurt Angle, Edge & Christian, Mark Henry, and many more of the sports’ top stars. Ross is a member of three Halls of Fame.
Jeri Rowland, Head of Production, HowStuffWorks
– Helped launch HowStuffWorks’ original slate of podcasts 10 years ago, alongside Conal Byrne. Singlehandedly developed and produced every podcast in the original slate while growing and structuring a core team of producers.
– Continues to hands-on produce the most downloaded podcast in the world, Stuff You Should Know.
– Now leads a team of 15 producers and editors, overseeing all levels of production across the network
Mike Ryan, Host, ESPN
Tim Sabean, SVP, Digital Content, Westwood One
As SVP, Digital Content at Westwood One, Tim Sabean is responsible for talent discovery, content partnership development, and audience growth strategies to engage listenership and drive monetization, particularly in the fast-growing podcast space. Prior to this role, Sabean was at SiriusXM Radio, where he served as SVP for the Howard Stern Channels for 10 years and lead the development and growth of the wildly- successful audio entertainment channels. Tim also held the title of SVP, Comedy and Entertainment, where he was involved in all aspects of SiriusXM Radio’s rich offering serving over 30 million subscribers. Tim’s extensive radio career includes managing both AM and FM rock, oldies, news/talk, and sports formats. As VP, Rock Programming at Infinity Broadcasting, Tim supervised programming for WYSP-FM/Philadelphia, WBCN-FM/Boston, WRKZ-FM/Pittsburgh, KUFO-FM/Portland, KRSX-FM/San Antonio, WAZU-FM/Columbus, and WXRK-FM/New York.
It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
Sam Sanders, Correspondent & Host, It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
Sam Sanders is a correspondent and host of It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders at NPR. In the show, Sanders engages with journalists, actors, musicians, and listeners to gain the kind of understanding about news and popular culture that can only be reached through conversation. The podcast releases two episodes each week: a “deep dive” interview on Tuesdays, as well as a Friday wrap of the week’s news.
Previously, as a key member of NPR’s election unit, Sam covered the intersection of culture, pop culture, and politics in the 2016 election, and embedded with the Bernie Sanders campaign for several months. He was also one of the original co-hosts of NPR’s Politics Podcast, which launched in 2015.
Sanders joined NPR in 2009 as a Kroc Fellow, and since then has worn many hats within the organization, including field producer and breaking news reporter. He’s spent time at three Member stations as well: WUNC in North Carolina, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WBUR in Boston, as an intern for On Point.
Sanders graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009 with a master’s degree in public policy, with a focus on media and politics. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, with a double major in political science and music.
In his free time, Sanders runs, eats bacon, and continues his love/hate relationship with Twitter.
The Ben Shapiro Show
Joining via video
Host, The Ben Shapiro Show
Joining via video
Ben Shapiro is editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com, and host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” the top conservative podcast in the nation, and a leading conservative speaker on college campuses, consistently defending free speech and open debate. Shapiro is the author of seven books, including The New York Times bestseller, “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (2012). Shapiro is also a nationally syndicated columnist since age 17, and a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School.
Rush Limbaugh says Shapiro isn’t just “content to have people be dazzled by his brilliance; he actually foes out and confronts and tries to persuade, mobilize, motivate people.” Glenn Beck calls Shapiro a “warrior for conservatism, against those who use fear and intimidation to stifle honest debate. I’ve never known him to back down from a fight.” Sarah Palin says that Americans should “consider Ben’s advice about how we must stand up and push back twice as hard against this bullying.”
Sean Hannity says to join Ben Shapiro and “fight back!” against liberal bullying. Michelle Malkin says Shapiro is “infused with the indomitable spirit of his friend and mentor Andrew Breitbart.” Even the liberal Washington Post, in the aftermath of Shapiro’s devastating destruction of Piers Morgan on national television, conceded that Shapiro is a “foe of extraordinary polemical agility.”
The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen, Writer & Creator, The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard, among others. Additionally, Lauren is writing three YA novels for Tor Teen, with the first coming out in 2019. On top of her writing work, Lauren has acted in numerous podcasts – including her own – as well as short films and web series. She has a degree in music from The College of William & Mary and was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media for 2018. Lauren is a New York native and now resides in Los Angeles.
Hal Trencher, VP Sponsorship Sales, WNYC Studios
Hal Trencher has distinguished himself by accelerating sales growth in a rapidly developing media business. Hal has many years of media sales experience and has held leadership positions at VEVO, AOL, Yahoo, Sports Illustrated TV and CBS Television Network and he
attended the CBS School of Management.
At VEVO, Hal was the Senior Vice President of National Sales (CRO) and oversaw a team of 70. During his seven years at Yahoo Sports, his sales strategies resulted in unprecedented growth, increasing
from $2 million in sales revenue to over $100 million. At AOL oversaw the growth of the CPG business nationally.
With his passion, enthusiasm and commitment to fostering success through good leadership, team building, professional development and mentoring, Hal continues his success today as Senior VP of Sponsorship for WNYC Studios.
Kathy Tu, Co-Hosts, Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine, and The Guardian, Nancy has been praised for its “empathetic sense of how it feels to be young, searching, and a work in progress” by Vulture and as a “must-listen” by OUT Magazine. Prior to Nancy, Tobin was professional cellist. And, Kathy wants it noted that while this whole hosting thing makes her very uncomfortable, she’s leaning the eff in. You can find more about Tobin, Kathy, and Nancy at nancypodcast.org.
Matt Turck, CRO, Panoply
Matt Turck joined Panoply as the Chief Revenue Officer in 2015. He oversaw the development of the first custom podcasts with HBO Documentaries and GE, and was an early experimenter in podcast advertising, starting when Audible sponsored Slate’s Political Gabfest in 2008. He was previously the publisher at Slate and spent 20 years at Time, Inc.
Julia Turner, Editor in Chief, Slate
Julia Turner is Slate’s editor in chief. Working from Slate’s New York office, she oversees the magazine and edits pieces on technology, culture, and design. She also writes for the magazine and is one of the hosts of Slate’s weekly Culture Gabfest podcast. Before joining Slate, she worked at Time Inc.—first in magazine development and later at Sports Illustrated Women.
Sarah van Mosel, CRO, Stitcher
Jonathan Van Ness, Actor,
Jonathan Van Ness is the star of the Emmy ® nominated, “Gay of Thrones” web series and celebrity hairstylist known for his unstoppable energy and witty commentary on everything from pop culture to real-time current events. Now starring in the Netflix reboot of “Queer Eye,” Jonathan joined the “Fab Five” as the groomer, hairstylist, and all-around self-care advocate, sharing his energy and love in eight new episodes premiering February 7, 2018. In 2016, “Gay of Thrones” (Funny or Die), Jonathan’s Game of Thrones recap show, received an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Short Form Variety Series. Since 2015, he has hosted the “Getting Curious” podcast, a bi-weekly exploration whereby listeners can learn alongside Jonathan as he interviews experts in their respective fields about all things interesting!
The Indicator from Planet Money; Correspondent, Planet Money
Stacey Vanek Smith, Co-Host, The Indicator from Planet Money; Correspondent, Planet Money
Stacey Vanek Smith is the co-host of NPR’s The Indicator from Planet Money. She’s also a correspondent for Planet Money, where she covers business and economics. In this role, Smith has followed economic stories down the muddy back roads of Oklahoma to buy 100 barrels of oil; flew to Pune, India, to track down the man who pitched the country’s dramatic currency devaluation to the prime minister; and spoke with a North Korean woman who made a small fortune smuggling artificial sweetener in from China.
Prior to coming to NPR, Smith worked for Marketplace, where she was a correspondent and fill-in host. While there, Smith was part of a collaboration with The New York Times, where she explored the relationship between money and marriage. She was also part of Marketplace’s live shows, where she produced a series of pieces on getting her data mined.
Smith is a native of Idaho and grew up working on her parents’ cattle ranch. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and creative writing. She also holds a master’s in broadcast journalism from Columbia University.
Jon Weiner, Radio Host, ESPN
Jon “Stugotz” Weiner has served as co-host on The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz – airing weekdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET on ESPN Radio and ESPNEWS — since 2004. A sports broadcasting veteran of nearly 20 years, Stugotz counters host LeBatard’s thoughtful insights with self-deprecating humor and passionate takes on the latest sports headlines.
He has previously co-hosted the Sunday morning ESPN Radio show Weekend Observations with Mike Golic Jr., as well as various Fantasy Marathon specials, also with Golic Jr. Prior to The Dan Le Batard Show, he was a host for ESPNEWS’ Aircheck, a former member of the Miccosukee Sports Wrap, and part of the group that started “790 the Ticket.”
Mara Wilson, Actor & Author,
Mara Wilson, known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, is a writer and actor living in Los Angeles. She has appeared on Welcome to Night Vale, Broad City and Bojack Horseman. Her writing has appeared on Elle.com, McSweeney’s, Reductress, and Cracked. Mara’s first book, Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame is now available from Penguin Random House.
Kai Wright, Editor & Host, The Stakes
Kai Wright is host and managing editor of The Stakes, a podcast about social change, produced by the Narrative Unit of WNYC’s newsroom, and is 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.
Harvard Business Review
Sarah Green Carmichael,
Executive Editor, Harvard Business Review
Sarah Green Carmichael is Executive Editor at Harvard Business Review. She hosts the HBR IdeaCast and Women at Work podcasts and is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences like SXSW, the Drucker Forum, and Thinkers50. Her writing has been featured in Boston Magazine, the Boston Globe, Politico, and Reader’s Digest, among others.
Co-host and Producer , Minority Korner
A San Francisco Bay Area native on a mission to H.E.A.L. (Help, Entertain, Actualize, and Love) the world, currently residing in the Big Apple! For over 140 episodes, Co-host and Producer of hit Maximum Fun Podcast Minority Korner, which gives a weekly introspective on pop culture, history, news, and social commentary through a lens of intersectionality! A Meisner trained actor, having studied at the Meisner Technique Studio for two years in San Francisco performing at the Castro Theater, New Conservatory Theater Center, and with the SF African American Shakespeare Company. A renaissance man, James has choreographed for Bay Area pop artists, Bay Area Flash Mob, Drag Queens, and eventually started his own dance company Icon Dance Collective. Here in New York James has performed in numerous festivals: The Christopher Marlowe Festival, Fringe Festival, and most recently the Samuel French, Inc. Off Off Broadway Festival. A former Royal Caribbean Cruise ship entertainer and host, James can now be seen as a correspondent for Marvel.com, and most recently co-hosted Marvel Studios’ Black Panther Red Carpet Premiere. James is currently finessing his comedic chops at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and can be seen doing stand up around the city. Be sure to check out his podcast Minority Korner! And visit: www.mjamesarthur.com IG: @jamesarthurm
Bullseye and Jordan, Jesse, Go!, & co-host/producer of Judge John Hodgman
Host and Producer, Bullseye and Jordan, Jesse, Go!, & co-host/producer of Judge John Hodgman
Jesse Thorn is the host and producer of Bullseye and Jordan, Jesse, Go!, and the co-host and producer of Judge John Hodgman. He’s also the proprietor of MaximumFun.org.
Bullseye began in 2000, as The Sound of Young America in 2000, while Thorn was still a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 2007, the show began to be distributed by Public Radio International, making Jesse the youngest national host in public radio history. The show became Bullseye in 2012, and in 2013 it began being distributed by NPR. The show currently airs on NPR stations around the country.
As owner of MaximumFun.org, Jesse oversees a network of more than two dozen podcasts, along with video and other content production. The company helped set the template for the modern podcast network, and continues to be a leader in independent, audience-supported media production. Fast Company magazine called Thorn “the most important person in entertainment you’ve never heard of.”
In addition to his work at MaximumFun.org, Thorn hosts and helps produce Put This On, one of the country’s most popular web series and blogs about men’s style. He also hosted The Grid, a culture recommendation program on IFC, The Sound of Young America on Current TV and has appeared on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang among other television outlets.
A native of San Francisco’s Mission District, Jesse lives in Los Angeles with his wife, podcaster and author Theresa Thorn, three children and two dogs.
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ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 20 million listeners a week on 500 nationwide stations, including more than 375 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets. ESPN owns and/or operates stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. ESPN Radio programming is also available on SiriusXM and via digital distributors Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn. ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005, and in 2015 ESPN Audio podcasts were downloaded 366 million times.
Founded in 1998, HowStuffWorks is a leading publisher of informative video, podcast and editorial content. The parent company of 14 leading brands including Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Stuff Mom Never Told You, and Part-Time Genius, HowStuffWorks’ writers, editors, podcasters and video hosts share all the things they are most excited to learn about with highly-engaged fan-bases across multiple platforms, devices and distribution partners. With an expansive and award winning collection of audio podcasts and video series, HowStuffWorks reaches a network of nearly 30 million unique visitors a month, and is #3 in global podcast downloads.
With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 85 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, which can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the internet at iHeartRadio.com, on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts, and events.
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As the largest public media sponsorship sales force in the U.S., Market Enginuity represents local and national sponsorship for clients ranging from public media stations in media markets #2-44 to independent podcast networks. Comprised of podcast sponsorship specialists and pioneers in the industry, Market Enginuity Podcast Group is the sponsorship sales agent for PRX — the third largest podcast network in the U.S. and public radio’s largest distribution marketplace — home to Radiotopia, The Moth, TED Talks Daily, Night Vale Presents and Gen-Z Media. marketenginuity.com
About Midroll Media
Midroll Media (midroll.com) is a leading podcast company. Midroll creates and monetizes podcasts, offering host-read ads on more than 300 shows, along with branded segments, episodes, and series. Founded in 2010, Midroll is the parent company of the Stitcher podcast network and platform and the Earwolf podcast network, and was named to Fast Company’s most innovative companies in 2016. Midroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of The E.W. Scripps Company.
With a 45-year tradition of audio excellence, NPR is at the forefront of podcasting, leading the industry with more than 16M monthly podcast listeners. Today, NPR continues to define the future of podcasting and audio with its expansive content delivery, growing listener base, industry-leading measurement tools and high-impact sponsorship. NPR’s diverse mix of news and entertainment programming includes marquee shows – How I Built This, Planet Money, and Invisibilia– and innovative new programs – Up First, Embedded, and NPR’s first kid’s program Wow in the World all accessible across radio, NPR.org, NPR One, smart speakers, events and more. With NPR you get stories from everywhere and listen to them anywhere.
Megaphone (formerly Panoply Media) is a full-service podcast company that delivers breakthrough technology for audio creators and advertisers, and produces compelling programs. Megaphone hosting and ad-insertion platform offers sophisticated publishing and monetization features unavailable anywhere else in the industry. Our best-in-class software and services power top networks and publishers, including HowStuffWorks, Gimlet, The Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed and WBUR. In partnership with Nielsen, Megaphone Targeted Marketplace (MTM) enables advertisers to target more than 60,000 audience segments. Panoply’s production studios offer premium content that includes shows such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, Empire on Blood, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, The Message and By The Book.
Slate is a daily magazine on the web and a network of more than 25 podcasts. Founded in 1996, we are a general-interest publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture. Slate’s strong editorial voice and witty take on current events have been recognized with numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. The site, which is owned by Graham Holdings Company, does not charge for access and is supported by advertising revenues.
Univision Communications Inc. is the leading multimedia company serving Hispanic America, with a mission to inform, empower and entertain our community. Univision is the leading destination for U.S. Hispanics by a significant margin, commanding more than half of the Spanish-language primetime Adult 18-49 audience and reaching an estimated 104 million average monthly unduplicated media consumers. Univision engages consumers via its portfolio of 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnerships, including UDN, Fusion and a minority stake in El Rey Network, as well as 120 local TV and Radio stations, and a growing digital portfolio of mobile and video properties—including Univision.com, Univision Now, Uforia, The Root, as well as iconic digital-first platforms Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Kotaku, and a stake in The Onion. What makes Univision different is our deep connection to our young, diverse audience, which we continuously strengthen by delivering the most innovative Univision-branded content on all platforms – anytime, anywhere. Univision also offers a suite of branded extensions that complement our existing assets and deliver Univision-branded products tailored to the needs of our community. Univision is headquartered in New York City and has content creation facilities across the country.
About Westwood One
Everyone’s listening to Westwood One, across local and network radio, streaming, and the rapidly growing Westwood One podcast network, where audio reigns supreme. Westwood One’s diverse variety of original Sports, News/Talk, and Entertainment podcasts leverage the network’s state-of-the-art production capabilities, iconic consumer brand name, national sales team, and stunningly massive promotional platform of 245 million listeners a week. Westwood One is where today’s voices of America come to tell their story, make a connection, and be heard.
About WNYC Studios
WNYC Studios is the acclaimed podcast studio behind beloved and innovative audio series like Radiolab, Nancy, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, and Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin.
Helmed by a diverse range of personalities, creative visionaries, award-winning journalists and innovative sound designers, WNYC Studios’ programs include personal narratives, deep journalism, interviews that reveal, and smart entertainment as varied and intimate as the human voice itself.
WNYC Studios pushes the boundaries of sonic imagination with high quality storytelling that informs, inspires and delights millions of intellectually curious and highly engaged listeners across digital, mobile and broadcast platforms.
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About Pod Media
As official Members of the IAB-Interactive Advertising Bureau, Pod Media is at the center of the podcast Medium emergence. Additionally, as former agency and brands executives, we understand the challenges brand partners face when they need to launch multicultural demographic campaigns in an authentic environment. The multicultural audience controls more than $3.4 trillion dollars in buying power. We partner with podcasters to reach this key and growing demographic effectively and authentically. Quite simply, we deliver tangible results to our advertisers.
About The Roost (podcast division of WarnerMedia)
The Roost is a premier podcast network that connects top podcasts and talent with the audiences and brands that understand them best
WBUR brings 60 years of audio storytelling experience to the world of podcasting with 10 signature shows and marquee partners including NPR, The New York Times, Reddit, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. With more than 5 million monthly downloads, WBUR is the home for audience favorites including Modern Love: The Podcast, Dear Sugars, Endless Thread and On Point among others. WBUR podcasts attract listeners of all types from young women exploring relationships to parents seeking to engage with kids to highly educated NPR fans seeking news and information. Learn more at wbur.org/ilab or email [email protected].
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