Audio Podcast Fellows Faculty
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 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. A content strategist, consultant and sound producer, he has created podcasting, audio and video for mobile on-demand, web/streaming, 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 many media properties. Tony was the principal editor for the Peabody Award-winning documentary "Leonard Bernstein: An American Life"; a producer at Sirius and Sony; and has produced audio content for Time and Conde Nast magazines.
As an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism for six years, Tony's affiliations have included the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; Alfred 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.
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.
Imran Azad is a recent graduate from Stony Brook University where he studied Applied Mathematics and Economics. However, he decided to take a different path than what was expected. With a passion for the art of content creation and conversation, he decided to start The Unmapped Podcast during his senior year of college. What initially seemed like mere procrastination from his job search, quickly became much more than that.
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.
Kathleen Horan is a journalist, host and podcaster. She got her start at WNYC Radio where she worked as a general assignment and beat reporter. She hosted live events at the station's Greene Space and contributed national stories for NPR, Studio 360 and On the Media.
Endings have been an ongoing theme in her work. She edited a book called Relationship Obits, published by Harper Collins and after years of covering the passing of some of NYC's unforgettable residents, she got the idea for Mortal City (Audible). It focuses on the intimate stories of interesting strangers who are easy to miss but make the city worth the trouble of living here. She's (currently) the story producer for an upcoming PBS documentary series about military veterans.
Michael MacDonald is a Stony Brook University student-athlete alumnus and current Account Executive at PMM, Podcast Media Marketing, Inc. He received his start in media with Turner (now Warner Media), where he spent nearly 5 years working his way up the Ad Sales ladder. While having started in television advertising across the CNN properties, Michael’s responsibilities grew to stretch from tentpole sponsorships to 360 multi-platform sponsorships and executing the first in-house advertising campaign for the Turner Podcast Network.
Michael now 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.
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.
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.
Chris Bannon, chief content officer at Stitcher
Catherine Burns, artistic director of “The Moth”
Ophira Eisenberg, host of “Ask Me Another”
Wendy Dorr, editor of narrative audio at The New York Times
Emily Botein, VP of on-demand content at WNYC
Julie Subrin, producer of “The Next Big Thing” at WNYC/PRI
Kerry Donahue, director of training at PRX
Nicholas Quah, founder and publisher of Hot Pod Media
Zoe Saunders & Trey Kay, producers at Studio 360
John DeLore, senior production manager at Stitcher
Liyna Anwar, producer at StoryCorps
Mia Lobel, executive producer for Pushkin Industries
Abigail Keel, senior producer of “Unladylike”
Valerie Geller, consultant and president of Geller Media Int.
Scott Newman, founder and executive producer of On-Air Fest
Victoria Lang, producer of “Found”
Charles De Montebello, owner of CDM Recording Studios