Organization

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.

 

Staff

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 (NYT.com: “must see” video), was a long-running popular feature at SlateV.com. 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.

Dean Olsher, TRBQ Host/Senior Correspondent

Dean Olsher

Dean Olsher is a writer, broadcaster, and composer. After years as NPR News’s culture correspondent in Washington, DC, he went on to create and host The Next Big Thing, which was distributed nationally by PRI. During an appointment as a visiting professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, he created a popular course called The Medium Formerly Known as Radio. His book From Square One: A Meditation, with Digressions, on Crosswords (Scribner) claims to be about puzzles but is really about human psychology. And music.

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.

Catherine Winter, TRBQ Senior Producer

Catherine Winter

Catherine Winter is an independent reporter, producer and editor. She is a contributing editor for American RadioWorks, the national documentary unit of American Public Media, where she was a producer and editor for five years. Previously, she was a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio and for KQED-FM in San Francisco. Projects she has edited and produced have won dozens of awards, including the Casey Medal, the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Gracie Allen Award, two American Bar Association Silver Gavels, and the George Polk Award. Catherine has a masters degree in English and linguistics from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught news writing and media law and ethics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she received the College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award. She is a beekeeper and a University of Minnesota Extension master gardener.

Robin Wise, Technical Director

Robin Wise

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 has worked as a reporter, producer and editor at Minnesota Public Radio and KUOW, the NPR affiliate in Seattle. He’s been a community radio program director and news director and a television photographer. Projects Chris has produced and worked on have won numerous awards, including the Edward R. Murrow and the Peabody. Most recently, he’s been an independent producer and taught journalism at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he also advised the student newspaper. He specialized in news writing and digital storytelling — both video and audio — and also taught journalism history. He received the College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award.

Christopher Johnson, Producer

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Christopher Johnson is a freelance journalist who spent seven years with NPR as a producer, editor, commentator and manager. He was worked on Morning Edition, and helped launch the shows Day to Day and News & Notes with Ed Gordon.

Support Team

  • Carol Bardoff, Office Manager
  • Scott Busby, Public Relations
  • Stephen Cataldo, Web Applications Developer
  • Beverly Fitzgerald, Account Manager
  • Adi Gevins, Archivist
  • Alice Giblin, Information Processing
  • Barrett Golding, Web Developer
  • Sally Lehrman, Science Content Editor
  • Luke Massman-Johnson, Logo and Website Design
  • Marge Ostroushko, Station Marketing
  • Steve Wight, Composer
  • 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