Meet the Team

Obama Girl vs. Paris Hilton, candidates no habla español on Univision, and Oakland’s Mayor Ronny D from the West. Youth Radio’s political blog features youth commentators speaking out on all things election-related, from nominations all the way to the polls and beyond. As Election 2008 gathers steam, our reporters weigh in from Washington DC, Los Angeles, Atlanta — and from Youth Radio’s Oakland City Hall Bureau for all the latest on the new leadership and policies in our hometown.

These are pictures of Youth Radio reporters covering different events, including the Republican and Democratic National Convention. For more information go to www.youthradio.org

RNC TEAM
Ankitha Bharadwaj is 18 years old and will be a freshman at UC San Diego in the fall.
Ankitha Bharadwaj is 18 years old and will be a freshman at UC San Diego in the fall.
 Kelly Chau has participated in Youth Radio since the summer of 2007. She went through both of classes which landed her a job as news intern and holds down our political blogs.

Kelly Chau has participated in Youth Radio since the summer of 2007. She went through both of classes which landed her a job as news intern and holds down our political blogs.

Alana Germany graduated from Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley and is currently attending the University of Southern California where she hopes to acquire a degree in the field of Communications. Alana has been involved with the Youth Radio organization since the summer of 2006. After graduating from both the core and bridge programs in the Bay Area, she began her work as an intern in the newsroom in March of 2007. Since then she has written pieces that have aired both locally and nationally. Alana Germany graduated from Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley and is currently attending the University of Southern California where she hopes to acquire a degree in the field of Communications as well as continue her involvement in Youth Radio by working with the Los Angeles chapter.

Alana Germany graduated from Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley and is currently attending the University of Southern California where she hopes to acquire a degree in the field of Communications. Alana has been involved with the Youth Radio organization since the summer of 2006. After graduating from both the core and bridge programs in the Bay Area, she began her work as an intern in the newsroom in March of 2007. Since then she has written pieces that have aired both locally and nationally. Alana Germany graduated from Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley and is currently attending the University of Southern California where she hopes to acquire a degree in the field of Communications as well as continue her involvement in Youth Radio by working with the Los Angeles chapter.

Nate began at Youth Radio in 2005 as the Video Production Peer Teacher, while attending Academy of Art University full time and interning at Current TV.  Currently, Mr. Hadden is a Video Producer/Journalist for Youth Radio’s News department and leading the video portion of Youth Radio’s “What’s The New What?” series.

Nate began at Youth Radio in 2005 as the Video Production Peer Teacher, while attending Academy of Art University full time and interning at Current TV. Currently, Mr. Hadden is a Video Producer/Journalist for Youth Radio’s News department and leading the video portion of Youth Radio’s “What’s The New What?” series.

Nishat Kurwa is Youth Radio’s News Director. She leads the team of adult and youth staff who are producing across Youth Radio’s broadcast and online outlets, and works closely with the Chief Content Officer on strategic planning. Her reporting for Youth Radio’s International Desk has included coverage of girls returning to school in Kabul after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, young South Indian villagers rebuilding after the Asian tsunami, and Cape Town’s college students a generation after the end of apartheid. Before coming to Youth Radio, Ms. Kurwa was the producer of KMELs public affairs show, "Street Knowledge with Davey D," and is currently also a news producer at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. In 2002, she was the co-creator and executive producer of KPFAs Islam Today, the first program by and about Muslims on U.S. public radio. In 2004 Ms. Kurwa was named a Salzburg Seminar Fellow.

Nishat Kurwa is Youth Radio’s News Director. She leads the team of adult and youth staff who are producing across Youth Radio’s broadcast and online outlets, and works closely with the Chief Content Officer on strategic planning. Her reporting for Youth Radio’s International Desk has included coverage of girls returning to school in Kabul after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, young South Indian villagers rebuilding after the Asian tsunami, and Cape Town’s college students a generation after the end of apartheid. Before coming to Youth Radio, Ms. Kurwa was the producer of KMEL's public affairs show, "Street Knowledge with Davey D," and is currently also a news producer at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. In 2002, she was the co-creator and executive producer of KPFA's Islam Today, the first program by and about Muslims on U.S. public radio. In 2004 Ms. Kurwa was named a Salzburg Seminar Fellow.

Miguel Macias is a radio producer, sound designer, musician and video producer based in Los Angeles. He is currently the LA bureau chief for Youth Radio.  Prior to joining Youth Radio Miguel worked as the overnight associate producer for the Marketplace Morning Report for two years.  Miguel received a Peabody Award in 2006 as the associate producer for WNYCs Radio Rookies. He worked for New York Public Radio WNYC for nearly two years.  Miguel has produced long format radio pieces, features as well as live radio. His credits include NPRs All Things Considered, PRIs The World, PRIs This American Life and ABC Radio National. Miguel is also proud to be a volunteer for the NGO Madre.  Miguel holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College.

Miguel Macias is a radio producer, sound designer, musician and video producer based in Los Angeles. He is currently the LA bureau chief for Youth Radio. Prior to joining Youth Radio Miguel worked as the overnight associate producer for the Marketplace Morning Report for two years. Miguel received a Peabody Award in 2006 as the associate producer for WNYC's Radio Rookies. He worked for New York Public Radio WNYC for nearly two years. Miguel has produced long format radio pieces, features as well as live radio. His credits include NPR's All Things Considered, PRI's The World, PRI's This American Life and ABC Radio National. Miguel is also proud to be a volunteer for the NGO Madre. Miguel holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College.

Youth Radio Stories (with Vivian Chavez, UC Press) should be out next year.

Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep is Youth Radio's Research Director and a Senior Producer. This will be her second trip to the conventions with Youth Radio--this time around traveling with the team to St. Paul for the RNC. She still has vivid memories of four years ago, the overnight scripting sessions and editing in the back seat of a speeding cab en route to NPR's remote set-up in the basement of a bar in Boston. Lissa has a PhD in education, and she writes and teaches (most recently at UC Berkeley) about youth culture, media, and learning. Her forthcoming book, Drop that Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories (with Vivian Chavez, UC Press) should be out next year.

DNC TEAM

Miriam Archibong is a senior at Spelman College. She is a political science major, philosophy minor. Upon graduation, Miriam hopes to attend Columbia University and obtain a masters in education.

Miriam Archibong is a senior at Spelman College. She is a political science major, philosophy minor. Upon graduation, Miriam hopes to attend Columbia University and obtain a masters in education.

Pendarvis Harshaw, is a Howard University Telecommunications major from Oakland, California. This young media producing dynamo has won awards and much acclaim for his socially and politically engaging print, broadcast, and video journalism.

Pendarvis Harshaw, is a Howard University Telecommunications major from Oakland, California. This young media producing dynamo has won awards and much acclaim for his socially and politically engaging print, broadcast, and video journalism.

Martin Macias Jr. likes to be called Xavi, pronounced “Ch-a-vi” (with the Basque “x” from northern Spain) not because he is an avid fan of linguistics but because the name starts with an “x” and thats just cool. Xavi is a lot of things but he is primarily a multimedia artist, activist, radio journalist, and other weird things like beer vendor and chicken wing enthusiast (yes, that’s a real job). His focus is on health and the environment but is also a media activist. He is also the host of a news/talk show called First Voice that airs on WRTE Radio Arte 90.5FM in Chicago. Xavi’s video work has been screened at film festivals and is part of an art installation.

Martin Macias Jr. likes to be called Xavi, pronounced “Ch-a-vi” (with the Basque “x” from northern Spain) not because he is an avid fan of linguistics but because the name starts with an “x” and thats just cool. Xavi is a lot of things but he is primarily a multimedia artist, activist, radio journalist, and other weird things like beer vendor and chicken wing enthusiast (yes, that’s a real job). His focus is on health and the environment but is also a media activist. He is also the host of a news/talk show called First Voice that airs on WRTE Radio Arte 90.5FM in Chicago. Xavi’s video work has been screened at film festivals and is part of an art installation.

Senior Producer Rebecca Martin leads Youth Radio’s national network which includes bureaus in D.C., Los Angeles and Atlanta, and media partners across the country. Rebecca organized Youth Radio’s Democratic and Republican convention coverage in 2000. Before coming to Youth Radio, she was a producer for Public Radio International’s The World and National Public Radio news magazines.

Senior Producer Rebecca Martin leads Youth Radio’s national network which includes bureaus in D.C., Los Angeles and Atlanta, and media partners across the country. Rebecca organized Youth Radio’s Democratic and Republican convention coverage in 2000. Before coming to Youth Radio, she was a producer for Public Radio International’s The World and National Public Radio news magazines.

Brett Myers is an award winning producer for Youth Radios National Network and is the Line Producer for Whats the New What, Youth Radios weekly series on NPRs Day To Day.  Before coming to Youth Radio in July of 2006, Brett worked both as an independent producer and with three other Peabody Award winning radio institutions including, Sound Portraits Productions, StoryCorps, and The Kitchen Sisters. He received a BFA in Photography & Imaging from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and was named one of the top 25 photographers under the age of 25 by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Brett Myers is an award winning producer for Youth Radio's National Network and is the Line Producer for What's the New What, Youth Radio's weekly series on NPR's Day To Day. Before coming to Youth Radio in July of 2006, Brett worked both as an independent producer and with three other Peabody Award winning radio institutions including, Sound Portraits Productions, StoryCorps, and The Kitchen Sisters. He received a BFA in Photography & Imaging from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and was named one of the top 25 photographers under the age of 25 by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

17-year-old Nicholas Savidge-Wilkins is an incoming freshman at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has worked at Youth Radio for three years, and maintains a daily election/politics blog, Savidge for America at Youth Radio Flows.

17-year-old Nicholas Savidge-Wilkins is an incoming freshman at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has worked at Youth Radio for three years, and maintains a daily election/politics blog, "Savidge for America" at Youth Radio Flows.

Clare Robbins has worked as a producer and workshop trainer in Youth Radios Los Angeles Bureau for the past 3 years. She has been honored to work alongside inspiring young journalists who have reported on everything from traditional herbal healing, racial solidarity in high schools, the violence of homophobia, to cross-cultural exchange in Thai restaurants. Clare is an accomplished anti-racism trainer, and active member of the Los Angeles-based multiracial performance art collective Tribe of the Diasporas. Her report on white awareness groups, as a part of Youth Radios "Race in Your Face" series, won the Gold award for Social Issues/ Current Events program at the New York Festivals 2007 “International Radio Programming & Promotion." Clare will be starting a Masters of Urban Planning program at UCLA this Fall.

Clare Robbins has worked as a producer and workshop trainer in Youth Radio's Los Angeles Bureau for the past 3 years. She has been honored to work alongside inspiring young journalists who have reported on everything from traditional herbal healing, racial solidarity in high schools, the violence of homophobia, to cross-cultural exchange in Thai restaurants. Clare is an accomplished anti-racism trainer, and active member of the Los Angeles-based multiracial performance art collective Tribe of the Diasporas. Her report on white awareness groups, as a part of Youth Radio's "Race in Your Face" series, won the Gold award for Social Issues/ Current Events program at the New York Festivals 2007 “International Radio Programming & Promotion." Clare will be starting a Masters of Urban Planning program at UCLA this Fall.

Ayesha Walker is a photojournalist, radio reporter and former high school journalism teacher. She currently studies at Contra Costa College hoping to broaden her mind through studying world arts and culture.

Ayesha Walker is a photojournalist, radio reporter and former high school journalism teacher. She currently studies at Contra Costa College hoping to broaden her mind through studying world arts and culture.

25 year old Natasha Watts grew up in Blackey, Kentucky and is a reporter, video producer, and lead trainer at the Appalachian Media Institute. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2006 with a BA. She’s currently working on her first documentary film Dirt.

25 year old Natasha Watts grew up in Blackey, Kentucky and is a reporter, video producer, and lead trainer at the Appalachian Media Institute. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2006 with a BA. She’s currently working on her first documentary film "Dirt."

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