Ira Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPR’s headquarters in D.C. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in 1995.
Sarah came to This American Life from Gimlet Media, where she was a Senior Producer, and where she launched and ran a number of the company's shows. Most recently, Sarah was the Senior Producer for The Nod.
Bim is a journalist and playwright who has written for BuzzFeed News, the Guardian, Vogue and many other titles. For Follow This on Netflix, she reported on Amish romance novels, Black survivalists, and modest fashion. She also cohosts a podcast called Thirst Aid Kit. As her accent suggests, she is British.
Elna Baker is a writer and comedic storyteller. She’s appeared on This American Life, A Prairie Home Companion, The Moth Radio Hour, BBC Radio 4, All Things Considered, WTF with Marc Maron, and Studio 360, among other shows. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, and she published a memoir called The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance.
Sona joined This American Life and Serial as CFO in 2016. She provides strategic and financial guidance to start-up and high-growth businesses as Founder of Banker Financial Consulting. Prior to that, she spent eight years at Goldman Sachs Group. Sona is a CFA charterholder and received a B.A. from the University of Chicago, where she also ran cross country and track. She’s completed three NYC marathons and the Boston Marathon.
Chris comes to the show following more than a decade at NPR, producing and reporting for its newsroom, Science Desk and the podcast Embedded. He most recently reported the five-part documentary series, "Capital Gazette," which follows a group of mass shooting survivors over three years.
Phia was a fellow at This American Life in 2013. In the near decade since, she produced stories for WNYC’s Radiolab, then NPR’s Planet Money, and finally Gimlet Media’s Reply All, where she worked as the show’s supervising producer.
Emanuele came to This American Life from Gimlet Media. There she worked on several shows including The Nod, Undone and StartUp. Previously, Emanuele worked as a public radio reporter in Michigan and Missouri. Emanuele is a 2014 AIR New Voices Scholar. She is also the recipient of a 2015 Fulbright award to Macau, China.
Susan Burton came to This American Life as a producer in 1999 and rejoined the show in 2016. She's written for The New York Times Magazine and other publications. Susan is the author of the memoir Empty.
Zoe joined the show in 2015. Before that, she was a reporter for NPR’s Planet Money team, as well as an NPR producer.
Dana joined This American Life as the fellow in 2013. Before that, she covered education at NBC News and was a photo editor at National Geographic. She also works as a producer on Serial.
Sean contributed to the show on and off starting in 1999, and then came on staff in February 2014. He’s also worked as a producer at Radiolab, a regular contributor to Marketplace, and a freelance reporter for lots of other radio shows and podcasts, including Studio 360 and 99% Invisible. Sean’s poems have been published in many journals and chapbooks and in the collection After These Messages.
Before coming to This American Life, Aviva worked at NPR's Planet Money. She's also a graduate of the Transom Storytelling Workshop in Wood's Hole.
Bethel joins us from Serial. Before that she reported, produced and edited stories for Reply All, Resistance and Radiolab. She also worked as a breaking news editor for Reuters.com during Brexit and the 2016 election cycle.
Cassie joined This American Life as Finance Manager in 2018. As a Certified Public Accountant, she has focused her career on helping mission-driven companies grow stronger financially. When she’s not behind a computer screen, you might find her behind a sewing machine.
Chana won a Peabody Award for her coverage of education and our shows on school segregation. Before joining the show, Chana reported on schools, health care and global economics for NPR, where she helped create NPR’s Planet Money.
David came to This American Life from NPR where he was a reporter for 18 years covering science and eventually economics with the Planet Money team. He has a Ph.D. in particle physics.
Valeriya, who also goes by Valerie, came to This American Life from her Fulbright to Ukraine, which she spent in Poland. Before that, she was an Emmy-award winning producer and reporter covering national news for Vice News. She is a graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and The New School's MFA Program in Nonfiction Writing. In her spare time, she's working on her first book about immigrants and language.
Seth joined This American Life as production manager in 2006. As director of operations, he heads up sponsorship, partnerships and distribution. He is also co-creator of the improvised science fiction podcast Mission to Zyxx. In 2015, he created and hosted the podcast festival Cast Party, beamed live into 500 movie theaters.
Tobin is the co-creator of the LGBTQ podcast Nancy, which recently concluded its award-winning run at WNYC Studios. He has also served as a producer on shows like Radiolab and More Perfect. Before making the jump to radio, Tobin worked in New York as a professional cellist; and before that, he was a child who attended circus camp.
Miki Meek interned and freelanced for the show before joining the staff in December 2012. Previously, she worked as an online producer and editor at National Geographic and The New York Times. Miki has won two Emmy Awards for new approaches to documentary programming, and a duPont Award for her immigration coverage.
Rae has a background in sound for film, live audio, and documentary editing. Before working at This American Life, she was often found with the audio department of Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting. When not doing audio things, she loves riding her bike.
Alaa Mostafa is an audio producer and writer based in Oakland, CA. She came to This American Life from Reveal where she managed production and produced long-form investigative stories like this one. Before that, Alaa freelanced/interned for KQED Public Radio, Alaska Public Media, NPR, and KALW. She got her start in radio on KALX 90.7 FM where she co-hosted a public affairs show and DJed under the name Feather in Air. Alaa likes thinking and writing about time, and reporting on health equity, like aging and housing.
Nadia Reiman has been making radio since 2005, when she started covering Capitol Hill with a minidisc recorder and no journalism experience for a small Spanish-language politics show. She then worked for many years at StoryCorps, where she and other team members won a Peabody Award for their 9/11 coverage. Nadia was also the Senior Editor at NPR's Latino USA, where her work received the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Ñ Award, among others. She produced and reported the show The Out Crowd, which earned This American Life the first ever Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting.
Alissa has been a producer at This American Life since July 2006. She handles film and television adaptations, and rights, for the show. She most recently produced, for Netflix, the movie Come Sunday, which was based on the 2005 episode "Heretics." She also occasionally works on stories for the radio show. Prior to This American Life, Alissa worked as a production executive at Warner Bros., and at a number of film and publishing jobs.
Alix was one of the founding producers of This American Life back in 1995. She went on to do decorated work for NPR’s science desk as a human behavior reporter, and is perhaps best known as one of the founding hosts and co-creators of the NPR podcast Invisibilia, which launched in 2015. Her work has won many awards including a Dupont, a Livingston, and a Robert F Kennedy. She's also written for the New Yorker and The New York Times.
Ike Sriskandarajah came to This American Life from Reveal, where he worked on stories that helped change laws and won many of the top awards in journalism. He started in radio as a high school volunteer at WORT in Madison, WI and has been making radio for local and national outlets ever since. He also once tracked down the kids from the skits on "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
Laura comes to This American Life from Reveal, where they were a lead producer and reporter for “American Rehab,” a series that catalyzed a federal investigation into the addiction treatment industry. At Reveal, they also covered everything from racial discrimination in mortgage lending to the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. Laura got their start as a fact-checker before beginning in public radio at WNYC, and later reported for State of the Re:Union and NPR's Science Desk.
Lilly joined the show in 2015. Before that, she worked with StoryCorps recording oral histories around the country. She used to work with literature.
Frances joined This American Life as the office manager in 2018. She also works as a freelance stage manager for various theater companies around NYC.
Matt joined This American Life in 2015. For much of his career prior to that, he worked nationally and internationally as a theatrical sound designer. He was nominated for a Tony Award in 2014.
Nancy Updike is one of the founding producers of This American Life.
Julie helps run all things digital for This American Life. Her previous work includes time at WNYC, BuzzFeed, Doctors Without Borders, and a brief stint in politics during which she managed social media for a presidential candidate.
Diane started at the show as a fellow in 2017. She's also worked at Science Vs from Gimlet Media. Before that, she was a scientist.