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Kathleen Russo | Co-Director

Producer Kathleen Russo is the Director of the Audio Podcast Fellows Program at Stony Brook Southampton. She curates the Writer Speaks Wednesday Series and special events for the Summer Writers Conference at Stony Brook.

In addition, she is currently in production for a new Hillary Clinton  podcast with iheart radio to be launched soon.  She was the executive producer with  Tina Brown of the podcast  TBD  by Wondery , nominated one of the best podcasts of 2019 in   Cosmopolitan, and created and produced the podcast/radio show   Here’s The Thing  with   Alec Baldwin  (WNYC production). She has been a contributor to    The Moth,   This American Life   and  StoryCorps .

Past producing credits include: two movies with Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh ( Gray’s Anatomy, And Everything Is Going Fine) and an Obie Award-winning play called  Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell.

Tony Dec | Co-Director

Tony Dec is the Director of the Audio Podcast Fellows Program at Stony Brook-Southampton/Manhattan. A content strategist, consultant and sound producer, he has created podcasting, audio and video ​for mobile on-demand, web/streaming, in-flight entertainment and radio (satellite, public, commercial).

He created and launched   Bloomberg News 's podcasting startup, as well as having curated content and produced programming for Bloomberg's video and on-demand media properties. Tony was the principal editor for the   Peabody Award-winning documentary "Leonard Bernstein: An American Life" ; a sound producer at   Sirius and  Sony; and has produced audio content for a variety of media.

As an adjunct professor at   Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism for five years, Tony's affiliations have included the  Carnegie Council for Ethics in International AffairsAlfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards; and  AIR/Association of Independents in Radio & Digital Media.

Frank Imperiale | Technical Advisor

Frank has been at Stony Brook University for over ten years and currently manages both the audio/visual technology for special events at Stony Brook Southampton and works with the Stony Brook University video production group.

He educates and advises students and professionals about equipment and best practices to make successful productions.

Production coordinator credits include the NYC Marathon, the City Park Foundation’s Summer Stage Concert Series, political debates, comedy shows, ballet performances and film festivals. He is considered a jack of all trades within his industry.  In his spare time, he operates a fully automated timing system for scholastic and collegiate track and field competitions.

Imran Azad | Adjunct Professor

Imran Azad has been a part of the Audio Podcast Fellowship since it's first year. He began his passion project, The Unmapped Podcast, through his final years in undergraduate at Stony Brook University. He used his show to figure out the direction he wanted to pursue in his own endeavors and became a larger part of the fellowship.

He now manages his own digital marketing firm, Full Scope Marketing, which works along side clients to create strong brand narratives. Imran's focus in the program is to help teach the fundamental aspects of marketing in today's world of media.

Adjunct Faculty

Katie Bishop: Katie Bishop is the executive producer for the podcast Death, Sex & Money from WNYC Studios. Before joining the show in 2014, Katie produced Soundcheck, a daily program about music and the arts. She has also worked for Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius XM, Marketplace, Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, and The State of Things from North Carolina Public Radio.

Ashley Milne-Tyte: Ashley began her journalism career in 2002 as an intern at WNYC. For seven years she was a reporter in the New York bureau of Marketplace where she produced news spots, features, and participated in discussions with the show’s hosts. She has also reported for NPR, Voice of America, and several other outlets. Since 2012 Ashley’s been producing and hosting The Broad Experience, her podcast on women and the workplace -- one of the first shows to focus on that topic. She hosts the Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast and has also hosted The Venture, a branded podcast for Gimlet Creative. She's also an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Allyson McCabe : Allyson is a journalist whose work often appears on NPR's flagship news programs, and on podcasts including KCRW's Lost Notes and the BBC's Short Cuts.

Becca DeGregorio: Becca DeGregorio has been audio storytelling for four years now, first as an associate producer on Open Source with Christopher Lydon (out of WBUR in Boston) and now as a freelance editor (out of her laptop in New York City). When she's not recording, cutting and mixing other people's audio (for Vice's GARAGE Magazine, Project Worldwide and other independent shows), she's producing The Grandma Files, her nonfiction podcast featuring conversations between grandchildren and the women two generations above them.

Michael MacDonald: Michael MacDonald is a Stony Brook University student-athlete alumnus and current Account Executive at PMM, Podcast Media Marketing, Inc. Michael represents sponsorships within some of the finest Podcast, National Radio and PBS Television Programming under the PMM Inc. umbrella. These include Serial, This American Life, The Joe Rogan Experience, and Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard to name a few. From executing live podcast event sponsorships with on-site activation to host read sponsorships, Michael has a robust industry knowledge and insight into the ever changing and emerging podcast media landscape.