Currently making radio documentary about the popularity of American style country music amongst Australia’s Aboriginal people for the BBC.
Established partnership between the OSU Center for Folklore Studies and NPR affiliate to produce radio features about Ohio’s traditional culture. Subjects include carousel craftspeople and pastry chefs.
Reviewer for the Journal of American Folklore and peer reviewed for the Harlot online journal.
Founder and organizer of the Columbus Folklorists’ Circle group, which meets regularly to discuss trends in folklore scholarship and review folkloric performances.
Awarded University Fellowship and Folklore Fellowship to study for Ph.D in Folklore at Ohio State University, 2014 (projected completion 2019).
Awarded 2013 American Folklore Society grant to produce “best practice report” on creating broadcast quality mixes and overcoming challenging field-recording situations.
Awarded 2012 Sally Kress Tompkins fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historic American Buildings Survey. Documented physical appearance, history, and use of buildings in Nashville (TN) that played key role in the development of that city’s music industry. Reports are now in the permanent collection at the Library of Congress.
Produced three series of Musical Migrants programs for BBC radio, featuring individuals impelled to relocate for love of music. These sound-rich audio portraits have been disseminated worldwide, including via the prestigious Third Coast Festival’s Re:Sound program and its biennial Filmless Festival.
Created Folkloristic Radio series for local Kentucky NPR, covering such diverse topics as the unique basket-making culture of central Kentucky, the founding of a 70s back-to-the-land commune in the south of the state, a profile of an original Freedom Singer, and the distinctive barbecue style of Monroe County.
Produced multiple, independent, long-form, audio documentaries for broadcasters around the world, including a feature about chamamé (an Argentine folk music) and early Kentucky women musicians for the Australian Broadcasting Company, and a series about Irish music and migration for Dublin’s Newstalk network. Served as reporter on cultural matters and human rights issues for BBC, NPR, Australian Broadcasting Company, Radio Netherlands and the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
Documented multiple oral history projects in remote and historic communities, such as at Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and for the Allen County [Kentucky] Oral History and Folklife project.
Co-developed and co-taught unique graduate level course on “Folklore and Radio Production”.
Since 2014, have served as guest instructor at the Texas Folklife “Stories from Deep in the Heart” summer workshop.
Obtained placement of 19th century Kentucky country store on National Register of Historic places.
Program Coordinator 2012 – 2014
Nevada Humanities, Las Vegas NV
Overhauled content, organization, function, and marketing of the speakers bureau, bringing in broad range of new presenters and presentations to better reflect, and appeal to, the diverse population and changing face of modern Nevada.
Developed new strategic partnerships, including with City of Las Vegas in an ongoing initiative to present public events designed to build appreciation of historic preservation and built environment, and with Reno Public Radio for a series entitled “Nevada’s Hidden Stories”.
Collaborated with culturally diverse groups, ensuring their greater recognition when planning humanities-based programming, resulting in increased participation.
Successfully obtained grants, including from Nevada Arts Council to establish a working relationship with a Mexican master embroiderer and stage a series of well-attended workshops teaching crafts to children in ethnically diverse community.
Ensured recognition of Ofelia Perez, Mexican Matachin dance tradition bearer, and Gary and Sheldeen Haleamau, Hawaiian artists, for the 2013 and 2014 Nevada Heritage Awards respectively.
Created multimedia content for the Nevada Humanities website; supervised and contributed to newly launched blog and other social media; maintained presence in national Humanities magazine.
BBC Radio Producer 2002-2005
BBC Music Department, Cardiff, Wales
Made documentaries about music and related arts for Radio 4, the BBC’s main national intelligent speech network; Radio 3, its national network devoted to music and culture; and the BBC World Service.
Produced live broadcasts of major musical events; set up concert series from ground up; ensured successful presentation of unique music performances from around the UK.
BBC Researcher/Broadcast Assistant 1999-2002
BBC Radio 3, London, England
Researched fast-paced, weekly magazine program, producing a steady stream of fresh ideas, reacting quickly to breaking news, and creating original program items with minimal turnaround.
Co-produced the acclaimed New China season, traveling to China to ensure realistic and accurate recordings.
Selected Awards and Activities
Sue Samuelson Award for Foodways Scholarship, 2016.
The Ohio State University Fellowship and Folklore Fellowship to study for Ph.D in Folklore 2014-2019(projected).
National Interest Green Card Waiver, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Awarded for “exceptional ability” and a body of work as folklorist and radio producer deemed to be “in the national interest”, 2013.
Sally Kress Tompkins fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians and HABS, 2012.
John D. Minton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Western Kentucky University (WKU), 2012.
Potter College of Arts and Letters Outstanding Graduate Student Award, WKU, 2012.
Folk Studies Outstanding Graduate Student Award, WKU, 2012.
Alexander Onassis Bursary, BBC World Service, 2002.
Grace Wylie Prize for Thesis, Trinity College of Music, London, 1999.
Regular presenter at professional and academic conferences including that of the American Folklore Society; Vernacular Architecture Forum; and Folklorists in the South.
Education and Training
Masters of Arts in Folk Studies, Historic Preservation track, 4.0, Western Kentucky University, 2012
Bachelor of Music, First Class Honors, Trinity College of Music, London, 1999
Certificate in Radio Writing and Presentation, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1999
Diploma in Music, Kodaly Institute, Kecskemet Hungary, 1995
BBC Courses in: Journalism, Radio Feature Making, Digital Editing, Interviewing, Radio Research, Writing for Radio and Using Portable Recording Equipment, 1999 – 2005