Hometown: Clark, NJ
School: University of Pennsylvania
What Else Do You Do?I split my days between working here at WNYC, interning for the newsroom at WBUR up in Boston, and freelancing for WHYY in Philadelphia. When I’m not on a bus, train, or subway, you’ll find me dressed to the (vintage) nines ready for a night of swing dancing at the nearest jazz joint.
What's Your Favorite Thing About Radio? I love radio for being the perfect mix of casual conversation and breaking information. Not only does radio have a knack for inhabiting all areas of your life (your car, your morning run), it also creates an amazing sense of ownership and community in its listeners. And in the ever-expanding universe of radio and podcasts, there really is a show for everyone!
Hometown: South Bronx, NYC
School: SUNY University at Albany
What Else Do You Do? My college years stemmed not only my interest in public radio but also a passionate interest in sociology /cultural affairs/the human condition, etc. - I'm a people-person down to my very core ! I'm a poet, vocalist, and lover of performing arts and multimedia. I'm an avid people-watcher and note-taker.
What's Your Favorite Thing About Radio? The powerful relationship it has with the citizens is what draws me to public radio. No other medium provides a forum of community and interactivity quite in the way public radio does - it truly is for the people and by the people; a fact that I learned when my former internship at WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany managed to raise over a million dollars in a month's time all from the inspiring support of our listeners. Such a bond is undeniable and easily dismissed in other mediums and industries.
Hometown: Yonkers, NY
School: Bard College
What Else Do You Do? I enjoy recording live music (usually bands that my friends are in). Other than that, I spend a lot of my free time divising an interesting psudonym for myself. "Ben Ellman" is not going to cut it in this business.
What's Your Favorite Thing About Radio? I like that radio encourages critical thinking and rounded, well researched reporting.
Hometown: I grew up in Teaneck, NJ. I now split my time between Ridgewood, NJ and the Upper West Side.
School: University of Pennsylvania (just a couple years before my intern colleagues)
What Else Do You Do? During the time that I am not at the WNYC studio, I mostly look forward to going back to work! I spend my other time volunteering for several not-for-profit organizations, helping out a friend with her management consulting business and parenting workshops, and I am perpetually working on finding the best way to get discarded stuff from “the haves” to the less fortunate “have-nots.” I love novels, movies, fitness, and of course spending time with family and friends.
What's Your Favorite Thing About Radio? Radio is the purest media form. There are no bells and whistles, no make-up, no fancy camera tricks, and no ads (on public radio anyway). And how wonderful to be able to interact with the host, guests and other listeners!
School: New York University
What Else Do You Do? I'm mastering how to bridge reporting, data mining, and code at NYU and also interning at ABC World News. I'm passionate about producing multimedia pieces on people, beliefs, art, and the politics that shape them. Last year, I studied Shakespeare and UK Government at Oxford to explore the intersection of art & social change which continues to fuel my work. When I'm not listening to BLS, other radio shows or eating a book, I'm dabbling in jazz and appeasing my inner-thespian (ex-theatre major).