Skip Navigation

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 , 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.

Robert Reeves
Jordan Roberts
Steve Hamilton


Meg Wolitzer
Ron Charles
Joe Berlinger
Billy Collins
Emma Walton Hamilton
Roger Rosenblatt
Alec Sokolov

Guest faculty:

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, proprietor of the Hot Pod Media newsletter

Zoe Saunders & Trey Kay, producers at Studio 360

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 of On-Air Fest

Victoria Lang, producer for “Found”

Charles De Montebello, owner of CDM Recording Studios

Plus podcasters TBA from Gimlet, Wondery, EarWolf/Stitcher, LibSyn, and more.




Login to Edit