Studio 360 Staff

Jenny Lawton - Executive Producer

A proud native of the Second City, Jenny joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons specials on the Disney parks and I Love Lucy, lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. She also serves as the managing editor of and coordinates the show's internship program. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.

Andrew Adam Newman - Senior Editor

Before joining Studio 360 in 2015, Andy was a print reporter primarily for The New York Times, where he published hundreds of articles. Along with writing extensively for the Business and Style sections, he wrote widely about the arts, including stories about the Broadway revival of Talk Radio and a conceptual artist who made a quilted cozy for a 10-ton Nike Hercules missile. He also has written for New York magazine, Salon and Adweek. Before moving to New York in 2004, he served as Editor in Chief at alternative newspapers in Pittsburgh and Boise. He produced his first piece for Studio 360 in 2006. 

Louis Mitchell - Senior Broadcast Engineer

Louis came to Studio 360 from Sydney, Australia, his hometown. At just 18, he was hired as an engineer by EMI’s Studios 301 in Sydney, where he recorded artists including Earth Wind and Fire, Van Halen and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 he joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, earning multiple honors for his work on radio features, including a Walkley award for “The Day That Changed Grantham." At ABC Radio National, he composed theme music for a range of programs. When not in the studio, Louis surfs, DJs and plays guitar — although not usually at the same time.

Matt Frassica - Associate Producer

Matt came to Studio 360 in 2014 from Louisville, Kentucky, where he was a features reporter for the Courier-Journal. There, he wrote about celebrity chefs, the world’s largest collection of poisonous snakes, and a former monk turned furniture maker to the presidents. He also taught courses on literary journalism, feature writing, and arts and culture reporting at Bellarmine University. Although he lived for four years in Louisville, he still doesn’t know how to bet on a horse race. His writing has appeared in SalonThe New York ObserverUSA Today, the Detroit Free PressThe Rumpus and elsewhere. A former Studio 360 intern, Matt’s first piece for the show was on the design of that quintessential 1970s mode of transportation, the moped.

Julia Lowrie Henderson - Associate Producer

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Julia has crisscrossed the country — from Brooklyn to Oakland to Portland (Maine) and back again. She joined Studio 360 in 2013 after graduating from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She has produced stories about Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, black and white movies, and giant sandworms. Her work has been featured on MPBN, New Hampshire Public Radio, and Public Radio Remix. She once shipped herself 40 lbs worth of family Polaroid pictures and spent a year scanning and chronicling their tales. She enjoys a good joke and a nice, long drive across the country.

Khrista Rypl - Assistant Producer

Although she's been a member of Studio 360 since 2012 — first as an intern, currently as an assistant producer, and occasionally as a reporter — her favorite contribution to the show might be the tiger beanie baby she donated to the studio. She has reported on cultural trends both high (space photography) and low (the cult classic film The Room). Khrista is a native of Ithaca, New York (it's gorges, yeah yeah yeah) and a proud graduate of Rice University (God Bless Texas). She loves new recipes, trying to keep plants alive, and hoarding books. She tweets @khristap.