Thursday, October 31 - Saturday, November 2, 2019 | Chicago, Illinois | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (2233 S. King Dr.)

Both Early Bird & Regular Registration are SOLD OUT. Use the this form to officially transfer a registration.

If you attending the 2019 Third Coast Conference, please click here to send us your feedback!

And if you're looking for something specific, let us know on Switchboard or email us at conference@thirdcoastfestival.org.

New Announcements


The 2019 Third Coast Conference is SOLD OUT.

If you have purchased or sold a registration to another attendee, the purchaser must fill out the Registration Transfer Form (open until 11:59 PM on Friday, October 25) to officially finalize the transfer.

The full lineup of Breakout Sessions is here

Plus, surprise: Listening Reels! Check out the full lineup here. Or jump here to read the day-by-day version!

You can now make changes to your name tag

Fill out the Information & Name Tag Update Form (open until 11:59 PM on Friday, October 25) to change the information on your name tag, or provide new information about your dietary and accessibilility needs.

Find your Third Coast people on Switchboard!

Seeking a roommate or travel buddy? Connect with fellow 2019 Third Coast attendees on Switchboard.

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Conference Schedule


The 2019 Third Coast Conference will bring together a community of over 800 audio producers, journalists, artists, reporters, students, editors & sound designers that represent the breadth & depth of the field. Over two and a half days, we'll shine a light on the heart & soul of audio storytelling, as we see it: art, craft, community, critical reflection, and dialogue.

Note: All Breakouts Sessions + Listening Reels are in the schedule below! You can also see the FULL LINEUP of Breakout Sessions + Listening Reels, here.


DAY 1 / THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

12pm - 6:30pm (Conference Commons)

THURSDAY MEETUPS KICKOFF

1:15pm - 1:20pm (Conference Commons)

THURSDAY MEETUPS BLOCK A

1:30pm - 2:45pm (Adler, Burnham, Clarke, DuSable, & Field)

Thursday Meetups are back!

Thursday Meetups Block A include: Audio Educators Meetup, Queer Producers Meetup, No Coast Meetup, and International Meetup.

COFFEE & TREAT BREAK

2:45pm - 3:30pm (Conference Commons)

THURSDAY MEETUPS BLOCK B

3:30pm - 4:45pm (Adler, Burnham, Clark, Dusable, & Field)

Thursday Meetups are back!

Thursday Meetups Block B will include: POC Meetup, Mentorship Meetup, New to Audio Meetup and BYOP (Build Your Own Production) Meetup.

OFFICIAL CONFERENCE WELCOME

5pm - 6pm (Regency Ballroom)

OPENING RECEPTION BY DESCRIPT

6:30pm - 8:00pm (19East @ 19 E. 21st Street, Chicago, IL 60616)

LATE NIGHT PROVOCATIONS

8:30pm - 10pm (Regency Ballroom)

Announcing the lineup for our 2019 Late Night Provocations... learn more about this year's lineup! Featured on the opening night of the Third Coast Conference, these are five-minute talks from producers & creators who hope to dare and ignite.


DAY 2 / FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

7am - 6pm (Conference Commons)

BREAKFAST, WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

7:30am - 8:30am (Regency Ballroom)

Come to eat; stay to meet the folks behind the 2019 Conference & and hear each Breakout Session presenter give you a taste of what their session is all about.

SPOTLIGHT PANEL

9:15am - 10:30am (Regency Ballroom)
This general session gathers all attendees to take us behind-the-scenes of one of the year's most important stories from the field.

COFFEE & TEA BREAK

10:30am - 11:00am (Regency Foyer)

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: BLOCK A

11am -12:15pm

LUNCH & UNCONFERENCING

12:30pm - 2pm (Regency Ballroom)

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: BLOCK B

2pm - 3:15pm

COFFEE & TEA BREAK

3:15 - 3:45pm (Regency Foyer)

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: BLOCK C

3:45pm - 5pm


DAY 3 / SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2

CONFERENCE INFORMATION TABLE

7:30am - 5pm (Conference Commons)

BREAKFAST

7:30am - 9am (Regency Ballroom)

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: BLOCK C

9:15am - 10:30am

COFFEE & TEA BREAK

10:30am - 11am (Regency Foyer)

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: BLOCK B

11am - 12:15pm

LUNCH & UNCONFERENCING

12:30pm - 2pm (Regency Ballroom)

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: BLOCK A

2pm - 3:15pm

COOKIE, COFFEE & TEA BREAK

3:15pm - 3:45pm (Regency Foyer)

FAVORITE THINGS

3:45pm - 5pm (Regency Ballroom)

A retrospective & radio time machine of-sorts featuring Third Coast co-founder Johanna Zorn!

RED CARPET & AWARDS CEREMONY

7pm - 9:30pm (Regency Ballroom)

Walk down audio’s only red carpet, then witness the coronation of the winners of the 2019 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition at "the Oscars of Radio."

PRX x RADIOPUBLIC AFTER PARTY

10pm - 2am at SX Sky Bar (808 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605)

The Third Coast Conference After Party extravaganza, sponsored by your friends at RadioPublic and PRX. There will be puzzles, pizza, and the legendary DJ Today, Hexplained (Sean Rameswaram). Dress up or dress down— all costumes are welcome

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Registration Information


Rate Information & Cost Breakdown

Early Bird rate ($430) / SOLD OUT

Regular rate ($495) / SOLD OUT

Official Transfer Form / Open until EOD October 25, 2019.

Transfer form is HERE.

Other Associated Costs

In addition to the cost of Registration, here's an estimate of projected costs to attend the 2019 Third Coast Conference.

Have other questions?

Read our Registration FAQ!


Third Coast Conference Travel Stipends

This year, we piloted Travel Stipends, intended for folks who demonstrate need for assistance to cover the costs of their travel to & stay in Chicago for the Conference. We successfully raised $15,000, thanks to a seed grant from the Manaaki Foundation, a few incredibly generous individuals, and the overwhelming support of the producer community—THANK YOU! Because of the generosity of these folks, we were able to give away over 40 travel stipends to the 2019 Third Coast Conference.

Third Coast Conference Travel Stipends are a project of the Third Coast Fund. If you'd like to donate to support Third Coast to help us grow initiatives like this one, you can donate here.

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Plan Your Trip

The Conference is held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (2233 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL 60616) in Chicago's South Loop. Most Conference activities will be located on the second floor of the hotel.


Accommodations & Travel

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place has a limited-number of discounted hotel rooms available for Conference weekend. Use this link to reserve at the special rate for the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel.

Explore other housing options

There are so many other options for where to stay in Chicago. Use the Third Coast Switchboard to connect with fellow attendees for room-share opportunities—and more!

Local Travel

The Hyatt Regency McCormick is a 35-minute drive or ride-share from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and a 20-minute drive from Midway International Airport (MDW); it’s also right off the CTA red and green lines, and the #3 bus.


Stay Connected

INFO BLASTS

The main place for #ThirdCoast19 news, updates and information. This is an exclusive newsletter sent out just to registered Conference attendees. Stay tuned!

Third Coast Switchboard

Switchboard is the digital attendee headquarters. Introduce yourself, find a roommate, and start making connections before you get to Chicago!

Social Media

Follow the hashtag #ThirdCoast19 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and wherever you use social media.

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Conference FAQ


About the Third Coast Conference

Who staffs the Conference?

Third Coast has a small but dedicated team of staff members — get to know us! We also have an amazing group of volunteers, who receive a gratis Conference registration in exchange for working 6-8 hours during the Conference weekend. And, we couldn’t make the Conference happen without the many workers of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel & Conference center, our tech director Shelly Steffens, and the onsite team of engineers.

Why is the Third Coast Conference in Chicago?

The Third Coast International Audio Festival is an arts non-profit based in Chicago, and we take pride in convening folks from around the world here in the City of Big Shoulders.

Do you offer financial support?

We know that conferences are expensive to attend, especially without institutional support. This year, we were able to offer a limited number of [confidential] travel stipends to those with demonstrated financial need. In addition, our long-running volunteer program and the AIR New Voices program each provide gratis registration to the Conference. Applications for all three programs have now closed and all applicants have been notified.


Registration

I AM NOT CURRENTLY REGISTERED. CAN I PURCHASE A REGISTRATION WHEN I ARRIVE TO THE CONFERENCE?

No. Registrations will be entirely sold out before the Conference begins. We do not sell additional registrations at the door.

I CAN NO LONGER ATTEND! CAN I GET A REFUND FOR MY REGISTRATION? CAN I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION?

Conference registrations are non-refundable. However, you can sell your registration directly to another person. (We'll miss you!).

To complete your Registration transfer, the person who is receiving the registration must submit the 2019 Conference Registration Transfer Form by no later than Friday, October 25 at 11:59 PM EST. Upon submission of the form, both the original attendee & the new attendee will be contacted directly to confirm. (Note: it is the responsibility of the person who is transferring their Registration to arrange for payment between yourself & the person who will be attending the 2019 Third Coast Conference. Third Coast will not facilitate payments between attendees transferring their Registrations.)

I ALREADY REGISTERED, BUT I NEED TO CHANGE SOMETHING IMPORTANT ON MY NAME TAG OR REGISTRATION! WHAT DO I DO?

Fill out the Information & Name Tag Update Form (open until 11:59 PM on Friday, October 25) to change the information on your name tag, or provide new information about your dietary and accessibility needs.

WHEN DO I HEAR WHETHER MY AUDIO/CAREER COMPASS/SOUND/VISUAL DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT WAS SCHEDULED THE CONFERENCE?

We’ll be in touch with you directly if you’ve been chosen via lottery for an audio doctor’s appointment. Stay tuned!

Why does Third Coast ask for personal demographic information like race & gender?

Third Coast is dedicated to creating an equitable environment for all in attendance. We collect this information about our attendees to better understand the make-up of the community we serve, and to aid in our work towards building a more equitable field. We will never share your personal information without your explicit consent.


Accommodation & Travel

I'm arriving after 6:30pm on Thursday — where do I go?

The Conference Registration Check-in table (in the Conference Commons) will close at 6:30pm. Don't fret! You can still attend the Opening Reception (19East @ 19 E. 21st Street, Chicago, IL 60616) and Late Night Provocations (in the Regency Ballroom @ the Hyatt). We will check your name at the door of each event. You will still need to check in at the Registration table on Friday, which opens at 7am.

Which airport is closest to the Conference hotel?

Midway Airport (serving Southwest & Delta airlines) is the closest airport to the Hyatt and is connected to the city by the CTA Orange Line Train. O’Hare airport (serving all major airlines) is also connected to the city by the CTA Blue Line train, which is a 45-minute ride directly to downtown.

How do I get to Hyatt McCormick Regency Place by public transit?

You can use the #3 CTA bus, or take the El via the Red Line or Green Line. See Chicago Transit Authority’s website for more information.

Do I have to stay at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel?

No. Attendees are free to choose where they stay during the Conference. (But if you do want to stay at the hotel, please use our attendee booking portal to receive your reduced Conference rates.

What can I expect to budget for (food, lodging, travel)?

We've put together a rough estimate of the costs associated with attending the Conference.


During the Conference

Will there be gender-neutral bathrooms available onsite at the Conference?

Yes!

Will there be a private room available for nursing mothers?

Yes!

Is the Third Coast Conference accessible to folks with limited mobility?

Yes! We strive to make the Conference as accessible as possible. If you have a specific question or concern, please reach out to conference@thirdcoastfestival.org.

Can I reserve a meeting room at the Hyatt to conduct my own meetings & business?

We offer limited opportunities do so as part of our sponsorship packages! If you're interested in sponsoring the Conference, please e-mail us at conference@thirdcoastfestival.org. If not, you're welcome to meet in the common spaces of the hotel and/or go offsite to hold meetings.

Can I reserve a seat in a particular Breakout Session?

All of the programming at the Third Coast Conference is on a first-come, first-serve. (That said, each Breakout Session happens twice, so you have two opportunities to attend!) Some sessions can be very popular, but no one is ever turned away.

Is there an additional cost for evening programming?

Late Night Provocations, the Opening Reception, and the 2019 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Awards Ceremony are all included as part of your registration. Other evening events, such as live shows or happy hours may have additional fees! (And we'll make sure to mark 'em.)


Getting Involved

How can I contact other attendees?

The week before the Conference, we will share the Conference Networking Directory by email, with the names and contact info of attendees who have opted-in. You can also connect with attendees on Switchboard & by using the #ThirdCoast19 hashtag on social media.

I want to talk about sponsorship opportunities!

We have several opportunities remaining to sponsor the 2019 Third Coast Conference. Please contact conference@thirdcoastfestival.org for more information.


Don't see the answer to your question?
Reach out directly to us at conference@thirdcoastfestival.org

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2019 Advisory Group

We're thrilled to introduce this year's members.

The 2019 Third Coast Community Conference Advisory Group is:

The 2019 Community Advisory Group is focused on the Third Coast Conference because it is, in many ways, the heartbeat of our organization. However, we’re interested in how the Advisory Group could work with us on other aspects of our programming in the future. Put simply: This is a new experiment for us, and we’re dedicated to continue building on this project in the years to come. We’re honored to be working with this group of people to kick off our first-ever Advisory Group and be part of building the thing itself.

We worked directly with the Community Advisory Group to collaborate on the creation of 2019 Thursday Meetups + other aspects of the Third Coast Conference!


More about the 2019 Advisory Group

At Third Coast, we work year-round to critically examine the structure & organization of the TC Conference, and its role in the audio landscape at large. We want to make that effort more collaborative with you, our community, and to create more meaningful opportunities for producers to guide the work that we do. That's why we created the Advisory Group in 2019.

Our first cohort of the Advisory Group is made up of six individuals working across the audio industry (broadly defined!) are are interested in building community specifically at & round the Third Coast Conference, and who want to engage in thoughtful, challenging dialogue. The 2019 Advisory Group will meet (remotely) together several times throughout the year—both before and after the 2019 Third Coast Conference.

The focus of this year’s Advisory Group is:

  • to better define what community accountability means at the 2019 Third Coast Conference & beyond
  • to apply the lens of community accountability to the 2019 Third Coast Conference in numerous ways, including helping producers connect with one another outside of sessions, refining policies concerning respectful conduct at the Conference, addressing financial accessibility, and more.
  • to take part of Conference programming as facilitators of Thursday Afternoon Meetups (for reference, check out the 2018 Thursday Meetups .)

Advisory Group members serve as liaisons between Third Coast and the producer community before, during, and after the 2019 Conference.

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Featured in the 2019 Third Coast Conference

Cassius Adair

Cassius Adair (@cassius_a) is an audio producer, writer, and researcher who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a 2019 Late Night Co-Provocateur, he'll share how learning about trans storytelling changes the way we tell stories about: feelings and bodies and science and politics and... well, everything.

Erisa Apantaku

Erisa Apantaku (@erisa_apantaku) is a queer, Black audio producer and uninvited guest on the lands of the Miami, Peoria, Potawatomi peoples, and more (Checagou/Chicagoland.) As a speaker at the 2019 Late Night Provocations, Erisa will be joined by colleague & friend Jenny Casas for a short talk about the possibilities of making story-telling more generative and less extractive.

Ramtin Arablouei

Ramtin Arablouei (@ramtinarablouei) is co-host and co-producer of NPR’s podcast Throughline , a show that explores history through creative, immersive storytelling designed to reintroduce history to new audiences. As a speaker at the 2019 Late Night Provocations, Ramtin will speak on how the editorial demand for irony and humor in the podcasting world limits its reach and impact.

Julie Caine

Julie Caine's heart is in her ears. She is the Head of Podcasts at KQED. Julie is supporting the 2019 Third Coast Conference as a member of the Conference Advisory Group and as a 2019 Audio Doctor.

Jenny Casas

Jenny Casas (@jnnsmn) (she/her) is a reporter on WNYC's podcast, The Stakes. As a speaker at the 2019 Late Night Provocations, Jenny will be joined by colleague & friend Erisa Apantaku for a short talk about the possibilities of making story-telling more generative and less extractive.

Martina Castro

Martina Castro (@martinacastro) is founder and CEO of Adonde Media, a globally-minded podcast production company based in Brooklyn, New York. Martina will co-facilitate the 2019 Mentorship Meetup with Anjuli Sastry by going through the nuts and bolts of how to build and maintain career-changing relationships.

Arwen Champion Nicks

Arwen Champion Nicks (@arwenn) is the managing producer of podcasts at KPCC and LAist. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Arwen will be part of a Panel Discussion all about new methods of intertwining documentary, fiction & story for - dare we say it - even truer stories.

Jen Chien

Jen Chien (@j_chien) is a senior radio editor for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. In her 2019 Breakout Session, Jen will address the urgent demand for audio editors by illuminating the path to becoming a great one.

Gretta Cohn

Gretta Cohn (@transmitterpods) is the founder, CEO & Executive Producer of Transmitter Media. Gretta is co-facilitating the 2019 BYOP (Build Your Own Production) Meetup with Aliya Pabani, a radical-resource-and-strategy sharing with the goal of better supporting your production process.

Martín Cruz

Martín Cruz is a sound engineer, sound designer, musician and aerial cinematographer from Santiago, Chile. He will facilitate the 2019 International Meetup, kicking things off by sharing his perspective on live-mixing, and by asking the question: are each of our unique approaches to sound design and narrative audio around the world getting the attention that they deserve?!

Leila Day

Leila Day (@leiladayleila) is a producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast and a producer at Pineapple Street Media. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Leila will be facilitating AIR’s Pitch Panel—a hands-on peek behind the curtain at one of the most important skills a producer can learn: how to pitch.

Karen Duffin

Karen (@duffinkaren) is currently one of the hosts of NPR's Planet Money. For her 2019 Breakout Session, Karen will both break down and complicate how-to's of interviewing for not just information, but also narratives.

David Eads

David Eads (@eads) is the senior editor of design and delivery at the The Chicago Reporter. For his 2019 Breakout Session, he'll unlock the tools you need to use data as power to transform your reporting, deepen your narrative, and offer creative & entirely unexpected ways of storytelling.

Honor Eastly

Honor Eastly (@Honor_Eastly) is a writer, podcaster and professional feeler of feelings. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Honor will be co-present a Breakout Session with Joel Werner about turning her dark & funny life into a sound-rich, creative serialized story with feeling.

Steve Edwards

Steve Edwards (@dailyedwardian) is the vice president, chief content officer and interim CEO at WBEZ. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Steve will co-present a Breakout Session with Nishat Kurwa applying the same skills of being a great producer to becoming an outstanding leader in the audio industry.

Phyllis Fletcher

Phyllis Fletcher (@phylfletch) is the senior editor for APM Podcasts from American Public Media and is a decorated mentor and journalist. As the (first-ever!) Career Compass Doctor at the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Phyllis will meet one-on-one with producers to help illuminate their professional journeys.

Adrián Florido

Adrián Florido (@adrianflorido) is a reporter for NPR's Code Switch team, where he's covered race, identity and culture since 2015. For his 2019 Breakout Session, he'll reflect on his experience as a reporter, including covering recent events in Puerto Rico (which he is currently doing, and on deadline!)

Morgan Givens

Morgan Givens (@Optimus_Mo) is a storyteller, writer and producer based in Washington, DC. Morgan is a co-facilitator of the 2019 POC in Audio Meetup with Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong, all about the crucial question: how do we continue working on diversifying on-air voices, while keeping folks from marginalized communities safe — in spaces that historically have not seen the full range of their humanity (or made the space to do so)?

James T. Green

James (@_jamestgreen) is a producer at Gimlet Creative. As a Story Doctor at the 2019 Third Coast Conference, James will meet one-on-one with producers to treat their story ailments.

Sam Greenspan

Sam Greenspan (@samlistens) is the creator and host of BELLWETHER, a podcast of speculative journalism. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Sam will be part of a Panel Discussion all about new methods of intertwining documentary, fiction & story for - dare we say it - even truer stories.

Andrea Gutierrez

Andrea Gutierrez (@AndreaGtrrz) is a writer and audio producer in Los Angeles. She will co-facilitate the 2019 New To Audio Meetup with Ariana Martinez, welcoming new audio-makers & subverting the existing audio "playbook" through experimentation and peer collaboration.

Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong (@adwoa_g) is a producer, editor, and multimedia storyteller who is deeply committed to co-creating story. Adwoa is a member of the 2019 Community Advisory Group and co-facilitator of the 2019 POC in Audio Meetup with Morgan Givens, all about the crucial question: how do we continue working on diversifying on-air voices, while keeping folks from marginalized communities safe — in spaces that historically have not seen the full range of their humanity (or made the space to do so)?

Tom Howell

Tom Howell (@_TomHowell) makes documentaries for CBC Radio's Ideas and The Doc Project , and is a series regular on the comedy news quiz, Because News. As a speaker at the 2019 Late Night Provocations, Tom will introduce you to the mind-blowing concept of 'docu-musical.'

Sydney Leathers

Sydney Leathers (@sydneyelainexo) is a digital media manager and freelance writer covering the intersection of sex work and politics whose work has appeared in Penthouse and The Washington Post. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Sydney will be featured in a Breakout Session about reporting on porn.

Nicole Kelly

NK (@bitchfacepod) is an artist who uses sound, situation and prose to make revolution irresistible. NK is a proud member of Radio (R)ejects, a collective of queer and poc radio artists, whose 2019 Third Coast Breakout Session will get SWEATY with the question: "what does it sound like when we experiment with audio to capture our experiences?" This session will be for POC, femmes, people with disabilities, trans peeps and queers who want to talk about how, why and for whom we tell our stories.

Mara Lazer

Mara Lazer is a producer in New Orleans. Mara is a proud member of Radio (R)ejects, a collective of queer and poc radio artists, whose 2019 Third Coast Breakout Session will get SWEATY with the question: "what does it sound like when we experiment with audio to capture our experiences?" This session will be for POC, femmes, people with disabilities, trans peeps and queers who want to talk about how, why and for whom we tell our stories.

Jasmin Mara López

Jasmin Mara López (@JasminMara) is a journalist, audio producer, and filmmaker based in New Orleans, Louisiana. For her 2019 Breakout Session, Jasmin will take you on a personal and professional journey through her turn from audio to film, all while keeping her audio roots.

James Kim

James Kim (@TooManyJames_s) is the creator of the fiction podcast MOONFACE. At 2019 Late Night Provocations, James will be delivering the final provocation, which we lovingly call: the benediction.

Nishat Kurwa

Nishat Kurwa (@nishatjaan) is the executive producer of audio at Vox Media, where she leads audio programming across the company's house of editorial brands. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Nishat will co-present a Breakout Session with Steve Edwards applying the same skills of being a great producer to becoming an outstanding leader in the audio industry.

Ariana Martinez

Ariana Martinez (@MartinezAriana_) is an artist working across audio and visual media. They are a member of the 2019 Community Advisory Group & will co-facilitate the 2019 New To Audio Meetup alongside Andrea Gutierrez, welcoming new audio-makers & subverting the existing audio "playbook" through experimentation and peer collaboration.

Ellen Mayer

Ellen Mayer (@EllenRebeccaM) is a community journalist, audio producer and facilitator living in Chicago. As a member of the 2019 Conference Advisory Group, she is currently collaborating directly with Third Coast staff to envision & create Thursday Meetups: an afternoon of community-based gatherings that will kick off this year’s Conference.

Ari(el) Mejia

Ari(el) Mejia (she/her) (@AriMejia12) is a Chicago native who came to radio production through reproductive justice organizing and education. Ari is a proud member of Radio (R)ejects, a collective of queer and poc radio artists, whose 2019 Third Coast Breakout Session will get SWEATY with the question: "what does it sound like when we experiment with audio to capture our experiences?" This session will be for POC, femmes, people with disabilities, trans peeps and queers who want to talk about how, why and for whom we tell our stories.

Lina Misitzis

Lina Misitzis (@lmisitzis) is a producer & reporter at This American Life , and is creating a new podcast with comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. She spent the past few years making The Last Days of August and The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson. Her 2019 Breakout Session will be about porn, including a conversation with Sydney Leathers.

Jason Moon

Jason Moon (@jasonmoonNHPR) is a reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio, where he has worked since 2015. In his 2019 Breakout Session, expect to become even more deeply familiar with the captivating details of small towns in New Hampshire.

Brett Myers

Brett Myers (@BrettMyers) is a Senior Radio Editor for Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting. As a Story Doctor at the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Brett will meet one-on-one with producers to treat their story ailments.

Jen Ng

Jen Ng (@funfetti_party) is a user experience and visual designer for digital products and experiences. As a Visual Doctor at the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Jen will meet one-on-one with producers to treat their visual ailments.

Aliya Pabani

Aliya Pabani (@aliyapabani) is a Toronto-based freelance audio producer and artist and former host of The Imposter, an arts and culture podcast from Canadaland. Aliya is a member of the 2019 Community Advisory Group & co-facilitator of the 2019 BYOP (Build Your Own Production) Meetup, a radical-resource-and-strategy sharing with the goal of better supporting your production process.

Neena Pathak

Neena Pathak (@neenpathak) is an audio producer at The New York Times, where she currently produces the Still Processing podcast. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Neena will host a Panel Discussion all about new methods of intertwining documentary, fiction & story for - dare we say it - even truer stories.

Nigel Poor

Nigel Poor is co-creator, co-producer and co-host of Ear Hustle from Radiotopia. She will be co-hosting the 2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Awards Ceremony.

Martine Powers

Martine Powers (@martinepowers) is the host of Post Reports, the Washington Post's flagship daily news podcast. As a speaker at the 2019 Late Night Provocations, Martine will admit: "I'm tired of pretending that I love every single thing I make."

Sayre Quevedo

Sayre Quevedo (@sayrequevedo) is a multimedia artist and journalist based in New York City. He was a 2016 Third Coast Radio Resident. Sayre will facilitate the 2019 Queer Meetup, a chance to build community & connections between queer producers in audio.

Jocelyn Robinson

Jocelyn Robinson is a Yellow Springs, Ohio-based independent producer, educator, and radio preservationist. She is a member of the 2019 Community Advisory Group, and will facilitate the 2019 No Coast Meetup, designed for folks from the Heartland, Deep South, Great Plains, Southwest, and other often under-reported, seemingly far-flung places.

Anjuli Sastry

Anjuli Sastry (@AnjuliSastry) is a producer on the podcast and national weekend radio show It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. Anjuli will co-facilitate the 2019 Mentorship Meetup with Martina Castro by going through the nuts and bolts of how to build and maintain career-changing relationships.

Ike Sriskandarajah

Ike Sriskandarajah (@RadioIke) is an Emmy award-winning radio producer and reporter at Reveal from The Center For Investigative Reporting. As a speaker at the 2019 Late Night Provocations, Ike will give tips to keep bias out of your questions and your copy.

Phoebe Unter

Phoebe Unter (@bitchfacepod) produces audio & sound art. Phoebe is a proud member of Radio (R)ejects, a collective of queer and poc radio artists, whose 2019 Third Coast Breakout Session will get SWEATY with the question: "what does it sound like when we experiment with audio to capture our experiences?" This session will be for POC, femmes, people with disabilities, trans peeps and queers who want to talk about how, why and for whom we tell our stories.

Myke Dodge Weiskopf

Myke Dodge Weiskopf (@mykedotme) is a producer at KCRW, where he's worked audio magic on Lost Notes, The Organist, UnFictional, Strangers, and more. As the Sound Doctor at the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Myke will meet one-on-one with producers to help guide you into aural transcendence.

Joel Werner

Joel Werner (@joelwerner) is the Audio Lead for ABC Science, and host of the podcast Sum of All Parts. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Joel will be co-present a Breakout Session with Honor Eastly about turning her dark & funny life into a sound-rich, creative serialized story with feeling.

Janey Williams

Janey Williams is the creator of the podcast This Happened, and has also produced for Scene On Radio and UnFictional. As a speaker at the 2019 Late Night Provocations, Janey will talk about how, while interviewing friends about their reactions to her sexual assault, she discovered an underlying blind spot in her friends, by extrapolation, in her society, and, shockingly, in herself.

Earlonne Woods

Earlonne Woods is co-creator, co-producer and co-host of Ear Hustle from Radiotopia. As co-host of the 2019 Third Coast Awards Ceremony, Earlonne will make his return to the "Oscars of Radio." Last year, he beamed in via video (watch here) after winning a 2018 Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award as part of the Ear Hustle team.

Molly Woodstock

Molly Woodstock (@mollywoodstock) is a queer journalist, audio producer, and inclusivity educator based in Portland, Oregon. Molly will 'provocate' on how trans-affirming storytelling can make all of our stories — not just those explicitly about trans people — more accurate, more inclusive, and frankly more interesting.

Liza Yeager

Liza Yeager is an audio producer and reporter based in New York City. As a speaker at the 2019 Late Night Provocations, Liza will share allegorical tales about emerging producers seeking space for their own creative voices while stuck in audio purgatory.

Zoha Zokaei

Zoha Zokaei (@ZohaZokaei) is a British-Iranian artist and PhD researcher with a track record of presenting work internationally. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Zoha will be part of a Panel Discussion all about new methods of intertwining documentary, fiction & story for - dare we say it - even truer stories.

Johanna Zorn

As co-founder of the Third Coast International Audio Festival, Johanna Zorn has been committed to the development of contemporary audio culture for more than three decades. As the featured speaker for our 2019 Third Coast Favorite Things, she'll introduce you to a radio time machine, an audio hologram, a sonic capsule we’ll plant all together.