Outstanding journalism and creative productions are the hallmarks of SoundVision’s work since it was established as a 501(c)3 organization in 1995. SoundVision is committed to explaining emerging issues and making them relevant for diverse audiences.

Executive Director Bari Scott is the driving force behind SoundVision. Joining her is a talented production team—reporters, producers, audio engineers, researchers, web developers—and a management group of marketing and outreach specialists, accountants, legal consultants, and office support.



Bari Scott, Executive Director

Bari Scott

Bari Scott provides creative oversight and coordination for SoundVision’s programs and week-long Science Literacy Workshops for journalists, and she directs BURN and The Really Big Questions. Scott has won numerous awards, including the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, AAAS “Pinnacle of Excellence” and two Peabody awards, and she received a 2000-2001 Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT. She sits on the board of directors of many local and national foundations and organizations and is a certified emergency volunteer instructor with the Oakland Fire Department.

Alex Chadwick, BURN Host/Senior Correspondent

Alex Chadwick

Alex Chadwick is an independent journalist and renowned public radio reporter and program developer. His distinctive work made him one of NPR’s most recognized voices during his long career there. Among other achievements, he was part of the creative team that developed and launched Morning Edition, the most successful program in NPR’s history. As a feature reporter and host of Morning Edition, he helped create the partnership with National Geographic that led to the enormously popular Radio Expeditions series. Called “the best writer at NPR,” he has scripted award-winning documentaries for National Geographic Television, ABC and CBS. His original online production, Interviews 50 Cents ( “must see” video), was a long-running popular feature at Awards: Dupont-Columbia for Radio Expeditions, 2000; Society for Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporting, 2001; Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, 1988 and 1990; various others.

Flora Lichtman, The Adaptors Host/Senior Correspondent

Flora Lichtman

Flora Lichtman has been covering science and the environment for the last decade. Her science reporting — radio, video and writing — has appeared on NPR, in The New York Times, Popular Science, The Atlantic and in a number of film festivals. She is the co-director New York Times Op-Docs series “Animated Life” — short films on pivotal scientific discoveries, animated with paper puppets. Prior to The Adaptors, Flora was the managing editor of video and substitute host for Science Friday, a two-hour live public radio show.  She is co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us. Before getting into journalism, she worked at a NATO lab, studying marine mammals in the Mediterranean. (A good gig.) Say hi on Twitter or email.

Mary Beth Kirchner, Managing Producer

Mary Beth Kirchner

Mary Beth Kirchner is a veteran producer and national program developer. Kirchner started her own production company in 1993 after serving as National Programming Director at WETA, Washington, DC. Prior to that, she was Executive Producer at the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Telecommunications. Working for more than two decades in public radio, she has collaborated with National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, the BBC, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Asia Society, NHK (Japan) and ABC News “Nightline,” among many others. She is the recipient of more than 50 national awards — including a 2011 Peabody medal — for her documentaries, music series, radio dramas and feature stories.

Katherine Wells, The Adaptors Senior Producer

Katherine Wells is an independent multimedia journalist. She was most recently the senior producer for The Atlantic‘s original video team, where she created the popular web series “If Our Bodies Could Talk.” Prior to that, she produced podcasts and radio shows for WNYC’s Freakonomics Radio. She and Flora first began collaborating at the public radio show Science Friday, where Katherine did stories about science and art.
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Robin Wise, Technical Director

Robin Wise is an audio engineer and sound recorder based in Portland, Oregon, who works on radio documentaries, audio books, documentary films and digital presentations. Robin’s studio, Sound Imagery, is all about bringing stories to life with sound. Among Robin’s many radio documentary series are The Promised Land, The DNA Files, Hearing Voices, and The Really Big Questions. Robin also works with independent producers on projects in radio, video and DVD authoring. Her numerous awards include: two Peabody Awards, the Robert Wood Johnson Award and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton.

Chris Julin, Digital Manager

Chris Julin

Chris Julin is an independent public media journalist. He’s beeen a reporter, producer and editor at Minnesota Public Radio and KUOW in Seattle. He’s been a college journalism instructor, and a community radio program director and news director. Projects Chris has produced and worked on have won numerous awards, including the Edward R. Murrow and the Peabody.

Support Team

  • Stephen Cataldo, Web Applications Developer
  • Beverly Fitzgerald, Account Manager
  • Adi Gevins, Archivist
  • Alice Giblin, Information Processing
  • Barrett Golding, Web Developer
  • Carolyn Silveira, Digital Producer
  • Luke Massman-Johnson, Logo and Website Design
  • Marge Ostroushko, Station Marketing
  • Thaïs Yafet, Administrative Assistant

Service Providers

  • Bedinger & Associates, Certified Public Accountants
  • Cooper, White & Cooper, Legal Services

Board of Directors

  • Spencer Weisbroth, President
  • Paris Williams, Vice-President
  • Vic Bedoian, Secretary
  • Nigel Jones, Treasurer
  • Bari Scott, At-Large