Jen Poyant is Executive Producer at WNYC Studios. She overseas editorial content of the Note to Self, 2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Guys podcasts. She also contributes to the development of new shows and pilots at WNYC Studios.
Prior to her executive producer role, Jen was a Senior Producer for WNYC's national news-analysis magazine show, The Takeaway. Poyant also developed and produced the first Werk It festival, WNYC's first ever women's podcast festival.
Jen has served as interim executive producer for WNYC's Peabody award-winning local flagship news and politics program The Brian Lehrer show, and has worked on the station's daily cultural call-in program, The Leonard Lopate show. She's also contributed to WNYC's Radio Rookies, feature and spot reporting for NPR. She has served as a state house reporter in Trenton, New Jersey for NPR member stations WHHY and WBGO, and as a reporter for WVTF in Roanoke, Virginia. During her time covering New Jersey, Jen was awarded the New Jersey Associated Press First Place Award for Best Sports Feature, Best Spot News Coverage, Best Public Service, and Best Newscast with WBGO’s Andrew Meyer.
Before pursuing a career in broadcasting, Jen taught English at a public high school and a school for the blind in Kumamoto, Japan. She holds an Masters Degree in Cultural and Critical Studies at the University of London, Birkbeck College and a BA in English and Art History from Virginia Tech.
Jen Poyant appears in the following:
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
We count on robots to do more and more stuff. Drive cars, water crops, diagnose disease. What happens when the robots are racist?
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Your selfies are sharing way more than your smiling face. They’re full of data. Which is being used by stores. And banks. And police. And, well, everyone.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Got that buzzy, anxious feeling of wanting to know about everything going on? Here's one thing you can do to fight information overload right now.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
How one revolting, racist, sexist word emerged from the dark corners of 4chan and Reddit. And why we should care.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The story goes: the Trump campaign hired consultants called Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge uses data to target voters' personalities and emotions. Trump wins. But it's not so simple.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
After building the social network’s ad system, Antonio García Martínez tried to set his career on fire. Turns out, it takes a lot to get shunned in the Valley.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
American spies know how to get into our devices—according to Wikileaks. But when are these tactics really making our lives safer?
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Because if you don’t, I’ll assume you hate me. What happens when passive aggression, shade and FOMO aren’t a bug—they’re a feature.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
New devices promise to chill you out with low-level electric pulses. Turns out, it is possible to over-chill.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
No, not by watching porn. By sharing with your partner what turns you on, and weirds you out. Through an app. Of course.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Technologist Anil Dash on the new ethics of tech. ProPublica’s Julia Angwin on why we’re all losing, and her strategies as a privacy prepper.
Friday, February 10, 2017
It's day five of Note to Self's Privacy Paradox challenge. The last day. We'll draw some conclusions from this week—and some boundaries for the future.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
It's day four of the Privacy Paradox challenge. The executive producer of The Bachelor explains how we change when we know we’re being watched. And, we all get off the grid. Briefly.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
It's not just clicks and likes. Marketers are mining the words you use, your tone and sentence length, to profile you. Today, find out who the Internet thinks you are.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Today, we go from creepy to crappy. Creepy is the feeling that the machines know something. Crappy is, at least, knowing what they know. And taking a step to slow the information flow.
Monday, February 06, 2017
Your Privacy Paradox challenges start today. What does your phone know about you? Too much, probably. Time to take charge.
Monday, January 30, 2017
How can you stay digitally connected without feeling intruded upon? WNYC's five-day plan hopes to take the mystery out of digital privacy and improve lives both online and off.
Monday, January 30, 2017
What you need to know to take back your digital identity - and maybe even your soul.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Researchers say big data can save the world. But the data has to come from somewhere. And that somewhere is us.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
How one gambler on the Sunset Strip laid the legal groundwork for privacy in the digital age.