Stephen Smith is the Executive Editor and Host of American RadioWorks, the national documentary series from American Public Media. Smith has covered a wide range of international and domestic issues, including human rights, education, science and health, race relations and American history. Smith and ARW have been awarded the duPont-Columbia University Gold and Silver Batons, regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting. Smith is the editor of The First Lady of Radio: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Historic Broadcasts, and co-editor of Say it Plain, A Century of Great African American Speeches; Say it Loud, Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity; and After the Fall, New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years That Followed. Smith is a graduate of Macalester College. He holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago, where he was a William Benton Fellow.
Education Correspondent Emily Hanford joined American RadioWorks in January 2008 to cover education. Before coming to ARW, Hanford worked with North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC for eight years, first as news director and then as a senior editor/ producer overseeing the series North Carolina Voices. Hanford created the Voices series as a way to transcend daily news coverage and look deeply at complex issues. The series has taken on topics such as aging, unemployment, poverty, high school reform and access to higher education. The 2005 series Understanding Poverty received a duPont-Columbia Award, and a reporting project for the series on high school reform went on to become the American RadioWorks documentary Put to the Test. Hanford got her start in radio straight out of college as an intern and then independent producer for WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts. She moved from there to Chicago where she worked at Chicago Public Radio-WBEZ as a producer for the series Chicago Matters, and then as a newsroom reporter, program host and acting news director. Hanford now works from her home in Takoma Park, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. She has a degree in English and American Studies from Amherst College. Follow Emily on Twitter: @ehanford.
Correspondent and Producer Samara Freemark joined American RadioWorks in 2013. Before that she covered veterans’ issues for the Public Insight Network and worked as a reporter and producer with Radio Diaries, where she helped ordinary people tell extraordinary stories. Her work at Radio Diaries received the George Foster Peabody Award. Freemark has also worked as an environmental reporter, and as a staffer in the newsroom of WUOM Ann Arbor. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Follow Samara on Twitter: @sfreemark.
Contributing Editor and Producer Catherine Winter began working for Minnesota Public Radio in 1987 as legal affairs correspondent. She later produced features on rural issues for MPR’s Mainstreet Radio team. She is the recipient of numerous national awards for her work, including two Silver Gavel awards from the American Bar Association and the Unity Award for reporting on issues affecting minorities and disabled persons. She taught writing and journalism at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 1999-2004. Winter holds an M.A. in English and linguistics from UMD and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.
Contributing Producer Michael Montgomery has worked in national radio, television, and newspapers. He joined American RadioWorks as a correspondent in July, 1999. Prior to that, Montgomery was an associate producer at CBS Reports and 60 Minutes, where he covered national and international stories, including an extensive investigation into Mexican drug trafficking.
From 1989 to 1995, Montgomery was a Balkans correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, covering the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the break up of Yugoslavia. He reported extensively on the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, including the siege of Sarajevo. Montgomery also covered the region as a freelance reporter for Time Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Montgomery was a Fulbright scholar in Belgrade from 1987 to 1989, researching Serbian nationalism. He graduated from Macalester College with a degree in International Studies.
Montgomery is the recipient of an Alfred E. Dupont-Columbia Gold and Silver Baton and Overseas Press Club Award.
Contributing Producer Kate Ellis comes to American RadioWorks with extensive expertise in American race relations. She began working with American RadioWorks in 2001, when her research on white and African American memories of segregation was featured in the program Remembering Jim Crow. She is the recipient of the ABA’s Silver Gavel Award, the Unity Award for public affairs/social issues reporting, and the first place Headliner Award for documentary work. Ellis is the co-editor of two books, Say it Plain, A Century of Great African American Speeches, and Say it Loud, Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity. Ellis entered public radio as a college DJ in Santa Cruz, CA. She holds a B.A. from UC, Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.
Coordinating Producer Ellen Guettler has worked on more than 40 documentaries with American RadioWorks since 2003. Her own documentary work includes stories on international adoption, online social networking and the adoption of teenagers. Guettler has worked at National Public Radio and the Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Geography from Middlebury College.
Assistant Producer Suzanne Pekow has worked with every daily news program on Minnesota Public Radio and the national programs Marketplace, Marketplace Tech Report, American RadioWorks, and Word for Word. Suzanne has produced live events for Minnesota Public Radio and enjoys producing reported features for air. Her work has appeared on American RadioWorks’ Eppy-winning web site; Thrive NYC; NYU’s Pavement Pieces, and other publications. Suzanne has an M.A. in journalism from NYU. She is also a proud graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she received a bachelor’s degree in choral music education. Follow Suzanne on Twitter: @suzannepekow.