Leital has been with Studio 360 since it was hatching as a pilot in early 2000, and helped bring it to the airwaves with the launch team in 2001. In her decade at the show, Leital has worked as a producer, editor, reporter, and engineer, traveling as far as Tokyo and Cody, Wyoming for special editions of the program. She was the sound designer of the Peabody Award-winning episode American Icons: Moby-Dick and won an AP award for producing Kurt Andersen's interview with musician-poet Patti Smith. She holds a master's degree in journalism from NYU, and currently teaches a podcasting course at the School of Visual Arts’ Design Criticism program. She occasionally moonlights for other WNYC projects, like the Battle of the Boroughs talent competition, where she does her best Simon Cowell on the judges’ panel. Leital is a native Texan and got her start in radio at KVRX, the student station at the University of Texas at Austin.
David began producing stories for Studio 360 in 2001 with a profile of experimental musician Pauline Oliveros. He joined the staff in 2003 after many years in print media as an editor and writer, covering music, design, American history, land use, science, and health care. Formerly the reviews editor of Artforum, he has written for the Village Voice, Jazz Times, Metropolis, The New York Observer, and The Wire, and remains a contributing editor for Bomb. He teaches radio writing to print journalists at Mediabistro and has discussed how to pitch features at the Third Coast International Audio Festival and the Public Radio Program Directors conference. Among his stories for Studio 360 are features on Andy Warhol’s soup cans, the folk ballad “John Henry,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner” for the American Icons series. He was first on air at 17 on his college station, WESU.
A proud native of the Second City, Jenny joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons specials on the Disney parks and I Love Lucy, lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. She also serves as the managing editor of studio360.org and coordinates the show's internship program. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.
Born and raised in the well-mannered dairyland of Wisconsin, John moved to Brooklyn in 2003 to face his fear of large crowds and to pursue a career in music and audio engineering. After two years working a major recording studio, the now defunct Right Track Recording, John began his freelance career at WNYC. He contributed sound design to American Icons: The Great Gatsby. (He also found himself unwittingly tasked with preventing a tempestuous Courtney Love from smoking in the studio.) After a stint as the Technical Director for PRI’s Fair Game with Faith Salie, John worked with On The Media, Soundcheck, Freakonomics, Radiolab, Spinning on Air, Radio Rookies, and WNYC’s newsroom, before joining the staff of Studio 360 in 2012. John writes and performs literary folk rock as The Reverend John DeLore. He enjoys reading Dostoevsky by moonlight, and still dislikes large crowds.
Matt came to Studio 360 in 2014 from Louisville, Kentucky, where he was a features reporter for the Courier-Journal. There, he wrote about celebrity chefs, the world’s largest collection of poisonous snakes, and a former monk turned furniture maker to the presidents. He also taught courses on literary journalism, feature writing, and arts and culture reporting at Bellarmine University. Although he lived for four years in Louisville, he still doesn’t know how to bet on a horse race. His writing has appeared in Salon, The New York Observer, USA Today, the Detroit Free Press, The Rumpus and elsewhere. A former Studio 360 intern, Matt’s first piece for the show was on the design of that quintessential 1970s mode of transportation, the moped.
Sean is the sole Canadian-born American of Sri Lankan pedigree who loves to speak Spanish on staff at Studio 360. He has spent time covering arts and culture in Toronto, Los Angeles, Santiago de Chile, the Monterey Bay area, and Washington, D.C. He also manages Goodosphere.com, a blog filled with hopeful tales, Internet funnies, and creative efforts. When not nerding out about music, movies, and other pop culture phenomena, Sean has filed news spots and features for KUSP in Santa Cruz, KQED in San Francisco, WAMU in Washington, and NPR News. He also raps. Inquire within.