Public radio feature story reported for WPLN News (www.wpln.org/post/in-north-nashville-line-dancing-becomes-a-lifeline-out-of-isolation-for-senior-citizens). For this story, I collaborated with WPLN News Director Emily Siner.

Before the pandemic, a group of older Nashvillians founded a free line dancing class at the Hadley Park Community Center. The bonds they’ve formed there have helped them overcome the health issues and isolation that many seniors experience. And now, support from this community is giving the dancers strength to face the uncertainty of this year.

Credit: reporting, writing web story, producing, field recording, remote recording, script writing, story editing, audio editing, scoring and music editing, audio mixing, sound design

The first episode of a multipart narrative podcast series that I developed. In Practice unravels the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on mental health with some of the world's leading experts in psychology, neuroscience, public health, trauma, and recovery. 

For this episode on the brain's response to fear and uncertainty, I collaborated with Pushkin Industries' executive editor Julia Barton as part of a story editing mentorship with the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)​​​​​​​

Credit: series development and management, producing, reporting, remote interviewing, script writing, story editing, audio editing, scoring and music editing, audio mixing, sound design

Long-form public radio story produced for the WPLN's Neighbors podcast (www.npr.org/podcasts/474399870/neighbors). For this episode, I collaborated with Neighbors creator/host Jakob Lewis.

Meet Joann Jones. She's 79 years old, and she loves to dance. So, she founded line dancing class for senior citizens at a community center in North Nashville. For Joann, the group has become like a family. The community she found there has helped her overcome loneliness, grief, and serious health issues. But this year, a tornado and a pandemic are testing the group's bond more than ever.

Credit: producing, reporting, field recording, remote recording, script writing, story editing, audio editing, scoring and music editing, audio mixing, sound design

Public radio story produced with vox pop interviews I captured during the Transom workshop with Rob Rosenthal and Meribah Knight at WPLN in 2020. According to the USDA, nearly half of all the American adults listening to this story right now will eat a sandwich today. So, how has this simple arrangement of bread, meat, and vegetables become such a big part of our lives? And why do we care so much about it?

Credit: producing, reporting, field recording, script writing, story editing, audio editing, scoring and music editing, audio mixing, sound design

The third installment of a multipart narrative podcast series that I developed about the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on mental health. 

This episode about trauma risk and resilience features experts from Kings College London, Michigan State University's Muslim Mental Health Consortium, Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and more.

Credit: series development, producing, reporting, remote interviewing, script writing, story editing, audio editing, scoring and music editing, audio mixing, sound design

Public radio story produced and reported as part of the Transom workshop with Rob Rosenthal and Meribah Knight at WPLN in 2020. The story profiles Joann Jones, founding member of a community dance group that helps senior citizens fight inactivity and isolation in one of Nashville's historically Black neighborhoods. But what happens when her health threatens to take her off the dance floor?

This story has aired on WAMC Northeast Public Radio (wamc.org/post/51-1609-doctors-offer-help-covid-19-crisis-was-rebuffed), on PRX Remix, and as part of the nationally syndicated public radio program 51% (npr.org/podcasts/381444155/51-percent).

Credit: producing, reporting, field recording, script writing, story editing, audio editing, scoring and music editing, audio mixing, sound design

Sound-rich narrative podcast episode that I produced and reported in the field. It tells the story of the mental health advocates who are fighting to make behavioral healthcare access and funding a priority in the Tennessee state legislature.

Credit: producing, reporting, field recording, script writing, story editing, audio editing, scoring and music editing, audio mixing, sound design

The story of two advocates who are building local coalitions in communities from Memphis to Appalachia to get unused pills out of people's medicine cabinets and tackle Tennessee's drug overdose epidemic. 

Credit: producing, interviewing, hosting, recording, script writing, audio mixing, audio editing, music composition

The story of a therapist who fights to ensure that the healthcare field cares for women in the adult entertainment industry and other taboo subcultures as complete human beings, each with their own complex mental health needs. 

Credit: producing, interviewing, hosting, recording, script writing, audio mixing, audio editing, music composition

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