Ellen Horne is the Executive Producer of Radiolab, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning program that examines big questions in science, philosophy and the human experience through compelling storytelling. In 2003, Horne joined forces with Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad to build Radiolab into a thriving radio program. Today, Radiolab is one of public radio's most popular shows. Its podcasts are downloaded over 4 million times each month and the program is carried on 437 stations across the nation.
As Executive Producer, Horne is responsible for setting Radiolab's overall business strategy, overseeing the brand and the show's production. Building on the show's podcasting success, Horne implemented a broadcast distribution strategy to bring Radiolab into homes nationwide on terrestrial radio. She also launched and produces the live Radiolab shows that tour cities throughout the U.S. For Radiolab, she has produced and reported a diverse range stories, from a folk singers battle with her own voice to a 1962 medical mystery from the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania.
At WNYC, Horne has worked on The Brian Lehrer Show and On The Media, and helped to launch as audio programs: Freakonomics Radio, the TED podcast and the Intelligence Squared U.S. live debate series. Before coming to New York, she was a freelance reporter for a variety of public radio stations and programs. Prior to pursuing a career in radio, Horne served as the Development Director at the Coral Reef Alliance, where she developed and managed the membership program and educational initiatives.
Horne earned her Bachelor's degree in Theater and Theology from Cornell College, Iowa.
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When some artists came together to support Radiolab by creating a limited edition of prints, we were blown away by the creativity of their images. Have a look at the images here and pick your favorite. We'll put the fan favorite on a tote bag (or maybe a t-shirt).
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For Americans who want to buy a set for Christmas, Jez Burrows needs your order by Dec. 7th. (They ship from Scotland, so Europeans get a little more time.) New update: they are now sold out!
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