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Alison MacAdamAlison MacAdam

Alison MacAdam is a senior editor at NPR's “All Things Considered”, where she has edited and produced for eight years. She has also reported on such diverse topics as the Scissor Sisters, art conservation, and the Irish smoking ban. Before that, she was a producer at WBUR in Boston. MacAdam is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from Wesleyan University. She has lived in Guatemala and Ireland, once played the violin and sang a cappella, and will continue to play soccer until her knees fall off. She now resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and 1-year-old son.

Alissa WalkerAlissa Walker

Alissa Walker is a writer whose work focuses primarily in and on Los Angeles. She writes about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for many publications, including GOOD, Fast Company, and Dwell, and is the associate producer for the KCRW public radio show “DnA: Design and Architecture” hosted by Frances Anderton. As the co-creator of GOOD Design, a collaboration between GOOD and the nonprofit CEOs for Cities, Alissa hosts events across the country where creatives are assigned urban problems proposed by city leaders, and present their solutions at lively public forums. She lives in a royal blue house in the Silver Lake neighborhood, where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, rides a Creamsicle-colored Public bike, writes infrequently on her blog, Gelatobaby, and relishes life in L.A. without a car.

Andrew PatnerAndrew Patner

Andrew Patner has been heavily and steadily involved in journalism, the arts, and arts journalism since his days as a student in the Chicago Public Schools. Over the past 30 years his professional career has taken him from reporting, editing, and producer positions at the old Chicago magazine, WORT-FM Community Radio in Madison, Wisc., The Wall Street Journal, and Chicago's NPR affiliate, WBEZ-FM, to his current happy roles as critic-at-large and host and producer of the weekly "Critical Thinking" for WFMT, Chicago's classical and fine arts radio station (and wfmt.com) since 1998, and classical music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for which he has been a regular critic and arts writer across many disciplines since 1991. Freelanced and guested internationally for years, various awards, Universities of Chicago and Wisconsin-Madison, unlicensed historian, author of I.F. Stone: A Portrait (Pantheon, 1988, Anchor pb, 1990), proprietor: The View from Here and a very busy facebook page.

Arianna SikorskiArianna Sikorski

Arianna Sikorski is program coordinator for the Arts Journalism Programs at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, which includes the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater and the Master’s Program in Specialized Journalism (The Arts). She was the business manager for the “pop-up” newsroom Engine28.com in June 2011 and an associate producer and the stage manager for A
National Summit on Arts Journalism in October 2009. She previously worked for Sutton, Barth and Vennari Talent Agency as voice over scheduler, responsible for over 200 clients and held the position of production coordinator for the USC Thornton School of Music for four years working on over 500 concerts annually with guest artists such as Randy Newman, Bobby McFerrin and Yo- Yo Ma. Arianna is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Idyllwild Arts Academy as well as an alumni of the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea program and a citizen diplomat for the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles.

Ariel SwartleyAriel Swartley

Ariel Swartley lives in Los Angeles and writes about contemporary and uncontemporary culture. Her essays on music, fiction, garden design, comics, art, culinary history, radio, film and ethnobotany have appeared in Los Angeles magazine, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Rolling Stone. She was a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellow in 2002 and the writer-residence for Agency: the Work of Artists at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga CA in 2009. This fall she will begin writing for SOTA, the online journal of the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts. Her photographs have been exhibited in Nantucket, MA and in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Redondo Beach, CA.

Becca KinskeyBecca Kinskey

Becca Kinskey is a culture journalist and comedy producer based in Los Angeles. She writes regularly for LA Weekly about music videos and art in everyday life and is currently Associate Producer on Hot Package, a show made of horrible TV clips from everyday life which will air on Adult Swim in 2012, as well as Wainy Days, a comedy web series created by that guy from The State. She received her M.A. in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC in 2011, and got the diploma in the mail just the other day. She was born in Wyoming, raised in Silicon Valley, misses San Francisco, lives in Highland Park and is besotted with L.A. beccakinskey.tumblr.com

Carol KinoCarol Kino

Carol Kino contributes regularly to The New York Times; she is also a contributing writer for The Art Economist and a contributing editor at Art + Auction. Her work has appeared in many other publications, including Slate, The Atlantic Monthly, and The National (Abu Dhabi). Her recent work includes profiles of the reclusive Pop artist Claes Oldenburg and the equally reclusive Thornton Dial; a story about the development of a new curatorial discipline, olfactory art (i.e., perfume), at New York's Museum of Arts and Design; and an Arts & Leisure cover feature on the Marine Corp's combat art program, which has spurred new interest in this work within the military and the art world alike.

Carolina MirandaCarolina Miranda

Carolina A. Miranda is a New York-based freelance writer who has contributed articles on culture and travel to Time, ARTnews, Fast Company and Budget Travel. She is a regular contributor to New York Public Radio, where she produces on-air and multimedia reports on visual art. Previously, she was a general assignment reporter at Time magazine. She has reported on the burgeoning industry of skatepark design, architectural pedagogy in Southern California, the use of video games as art and Lima's burgeoning food scene. Her blog C-Monster.net has received mentions in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Salon. In January of 2010, the Times named her one of nine people to follow on Twitter. @cmonstah

Celeste HeadleeCeleste Headlee

Celeste Headlee brings to her role as co-host of "The Takeaway" experience both on and off the air in local and national public radio productions. Most recently, she was the Midwest correspondent for NPR's "Day to Day," covering everything from the auto industry to art, from the 2008 presidential election to toilet smuggling. From 2001 to 2006, Headlee was a reporter at public radio station WDET Detroit. Previously, she was the local "Morning Edition" anchor at public radio station KNAU in Flagstaff, Ariz. Her news reports have aired on NPR, the Pacifica Network, National Native News and Public Radio International. She has also reported for the "Detroit News." Headlee's work has been honored with multiple awards from the Michigan Chapter of the Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists. In addition to her journalistic background, Headlee is a classically trained soprano who has performed at the Michigan Opera Theater and various recitals around the country. She has contributed pieces to "Chamber Music" magazine, and is the granddaughter of William Grant Still, "The Dean of African American composers."

Doug MacCashDoug MacCash

Doug MacCash has been an arts and culture writer at the Times-Picayune newspaper since 1999. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, MacCash volunteered to stay in New Orleans with the team of reporters that was awarded Pulitzer Prizes in breaking news reporting and public service – the bicycle he rode while reporting is in the Newseum. Born in St. Louis in 1956, MacCash has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University and has been a painter, public artist, museum preparator, visual art curator, bartender and USC Annenberg/Getty fellow in 2006. His “new journalism” passion is producing videos for NOLA.com. @dougmaccashTP

Douglas McLennanDouglas McLennan

Douglas McLennan is the founder and editor of ArtsJournal.com, the leading aggregator of arts journalism on the Internet. Prior to starting ArtsJournal, McLennan was arts columnist and music critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A former concert pianist, he has a master's degree in music from the Juilliard School in New York. He has written on the arts for numerous publications, including as music critic for Salon, and for Newsweek, The New York Times, the Los Angeles
Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the London Evening Standard. McLennan has been a music critic for National Public Radio's “All Things Considered.” He was head of the board of the National Arts Journalism Program (NAJP) at Columbia University until last summer. He is a recipient of several awards for arts criticism and reporting, including a NAJP fellowship at Columbia University and a Deems Taylor/ASCAP Award for music journalism.

Douglas WolkDouglas Wolk

Douglas Wolk writes about comic books and pop music for TIME, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Daily, fuse.tv, Pitchfork, eMusic.com and elsewhere. He's also the author of Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean and Live at the Apollo, and occasionally moonlights as a lecturer, radio and Internet DJ, and performer. Wolk was a National Arts Journalism Program fellow in 2003 and a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow in 2009. He lives in Portland, Oregon. @douglaswolk

Edward LifsonEdward Lifson

Edward Lifson has written on arts and culture for many years as a reporter, bureau chief, foreign correspondent, and war correspondent for National Public Radio. His work has also appeared on the BBC, CNN and CBC; in addition he has written for A+U, Architect, Metropolis, Dwell, The Architect’s Newspaper, Edition29 on the iPad, and other media. Lifson created and hosted a popular public radio program on arts and culture called “Hello Beautiful!” His work has been recognized by awards including Columbia-duPont, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow. He earned an M.A. in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) as an Annenberg Fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He teaches Critical Thinking and Writing at the USC School of Architecture; edits the USC Architecture journal Idea News, and is co-producing a website called “One Nation, Under Construction.” Lifson studied Art History at the University of Paris and Boston College; he attended Boston Architectural Center, and spent two years as a Fellow at Harvard University. He works in China with USC’s American Academy in China. Raised in Chicago, Lifson lived for years in each of the following: Paris, Berlin, Florence, Great Britain, Boston, New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Erin LeikerErin Leiker

Erin Leiker is in her first year of USC Annenberg's Masters of Specialized Journalism (the Arts) program. With a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Architecture from Woodbury University plus what she's learning now, she hopes to get people aware of and excited about architecture through her writing. She's also a tech geek and sometimes graphic designer.

Gillian RennieGillian Rennie

Gillian Rennie, has edited Cue newspaper, the daily newspaper of South Africa’s National Arts Festival (reputed to be the world’s second biggest after Edinburgh) since 1999. She teaches writing and editing in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, and freelances as a writer and editor. One of her poems has been shortlisted for the European Union/Sol Plaatje Poetry Competition.

JasonIJasonI

Equal parts concert violinist and multimedia journalist, Jason Issokson’s work has
appeared on Telemudo’s Al Rojo Vivo, the Food & Wine Magazine iPhone app,
and NeonTommy.com. A prizewinner at numerous international music competitions including the International Violin Competition ‘Andrea Postacchini,’
the International Alberto Curci Violin Competition, and the International Max
Rostal Competition for Violin in Germany, Jason began his double life as a
journalist at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, where he received a M.A. in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) as an Annenberg Graduate Fellow

Jennifer HsuJennifer Hsu

Jennifer Hsu produces videos for WNYC.org, and created the site's ongoing “Know Your Neighbor” video series of intimate personal portraits. She has also produced for WNYC and Public Radio International’s “The Takeaway” as well as Rolling Stone. In addition to reporting from battleground states and the Republican National Convention during the 2008 election, she's covered $2 billion renovations at the United Nations and daily life near the "Ground Zero mosque." Currently, her work focuses on telling stories about the lives of extraordinary New Yorkers: a junior-high chess champion, a Palestinian drag-queen, a compulsive gift-buyer, a homebody burlesque dancer, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two-year-old daughter. @jennhsu

Joshua Samuel BrownJoshua Samuel Brown

Since 1994, Joshua Samuel Brown has worked as a roving sweatshop inspector in Southern China, a journalist in Beijing and Taipei, and a political columnist in Colorado. He has written about art, culture, politics and travel for an eclectic variety of publications around the globe, publishing his first book Vignettes of Taiwan (Things Asian Press) in 2005. Since then, he has expanded his circle to include Singapore and Central America authoring or co-authoring nine travel guides and dozens of articles for Lonely Planet / BBC. He is currently working on his first screenplay, a Buddhist comedy. His blog “Snarky Tofu” contains tales from a life in motion.

jrockwelljrockwell

John Rockwell is a freelance writer and critic. He was raised in San Francisco and attended Harvard College (B.A.) and the University of California at Berkeley (M.A., Ph.D.). Before joining The New York Times in 1972, he was a critic for the Oakland Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. From 1972 until 1991 he was a classical music critic for The New York Times, and from 1974 to 1980 he was also chief rock critic. Between 1992 and 1994 he was based in Paris as European cultural correspondent. From 1994-1998 he was the founding director of the Lincoln Center Festival, rejoining The Times in 1998 and serving until 2002 as editor of the Sunday Arts and Leisure section. He returned to writing in March 2002 as senior cultural correspondent and arts columnist, and was chief dance critic for two years before his retirement at the end of 2006. His four books are All American Music: Composition in the Late Twentieth Century, Sinatra: An American Classic, The Idiots, a monograph on Lars von Trier’s film for the British Film Institute, and Outsider: John Rockwell on the Arts, 1967-2006.

jweinsteinjweinstein

Jeff Weinstein has been a columnist, critic, and senior editor for visual arts and architecture at the Village Voice; a managing editor of Artforum magazine; fine arts editor and popular culture columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and most recently arts and culture editor at Bloomberg News, New York. Author of Life in San Diego and Learning To Eat, he has written about the arts, gay issues, food and style for The New Yorker, Art in America, Los Angeles magazine and many other publications. His short story “A Jean-Marie Cookbook” was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 1980. Jeff is a founder of the National Writers Union and established the idea of domestic partnership benefits, first won by the Village Voice union at the bargaining table in 1982. He began a series of essays about culture, food, and gay issues called “Out There” on the online site ArtsJournal in 2007, writes about dead people and things for Obit Magazine and interviews artists for his home town's Museum of Modern Art. Jeff has served as deputy director of the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program as well as associate director of the NEA Institute in Theater and Musical Theater. He lives in New York City with his spouse, artist and critic John Perreault. @jeffweinstein

kandersenkandersen

Kurt Andersen is author of two novels, the critically acclaimed bestsellers Heyday and Turn of the Century, as well as short stories, screenplays and work for the theater. Random House will publish his third novel, Trust Me, in 2012. He's also host of “Studio 360,” the Peabody Award-winning public radio program on culture and the arts, and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and New York magazines. He co-founded Spy magazine and served as editor-in-chief of New York, and has been a columnist and critic for New York, Time, The New Yorker and, recently, a guest columnist for The New York Times' Op-Ed page. @KBAndersen

Kevin NanceKevin Nance

Kevin Nance is Director of Public Affairs at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Chicago. He also maintains an active freelance journalism career, much of it as a contributing editor at Poets & Writers Magazine, where his profile subjects have included Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Ethan Canin, Audrey Niffenegger, Scott Turow, Christian Wiman, Nikky Finney and many others. Nance is the former art and architecture critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, and also has contributed to The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, ARTnews, Art in America, Art + Auction, American Theatre, Obit Magazine, and other publications. He lives in Chicago.

Kim LevinKim Levin

Kim Levin is the author of Beyond Modernism: Essays on Art from the ‘70s and ‘80s, editor of Beyond Walls and Wars: Art, Politics, and Multiculturalism and co-author of Transplant: Living Vegetation in Contemporary Art. A regular contributor to the Village Voice (1983-2006), her work has been featured in ARTnews, the Irish periodical Printed Project and many other anthologies, magazines, museum catalogs and journals in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She conceived and co-edited Art Planet: A Global View of Art Criticism as international President of AICA (1996-2002) and was an advisor to the 1995 Kwangju Biennial and curator of the Nordic Biennial Borealis 8 in Copenhagen (1996-1997). A guest curator for many exhibitions in Asia, Europe and the U.S., she also exhibited her own work “Notes and Itineraries” at Ron Feldman Gallery in New York in 2006 which has since been included in the 2009 group show “Retracing Exhibitions” at Royal College of Art in London.

Laszlo MolnarLaszlo Molnar

Born in 1959 in Stuttgart, Germany, Laszlo Molnar was staff writer, music-critic and arts correspondent for the Austrian daily Salzburger Nachrichten from 1991 through 2005. Since 2006, he has been commissioning editor TV for music and drama with the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation (Bayerischer Rundfunk). During his time with Salzburger Nachrichten, he initiated “Junge Journalisten bei den Salzburger Festspielen” (Young Journalists at the Salzburg Festival), which, by means of a grant sponsored by the Friends of the Salzburg Festival and Salzburger Nachrichten, enabled young music-journalists to stay in Salzburg during the prestigious Salzburg Festival in summer and to report from its events. In 2005, he completed a film-documentary on the Los Angeles arts- and music-patron Betty Freeman. In 2006, together with his music-critic colleague Robert Jungwirth, he established www.klassikinfo.de, an online-magazine on classical music.

Laura EmerickLaura Emerick

Laura Emerick is arts editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, where she oversees film and music coverage, and edits the paper's weekly movies section. Since 1994, she has been the editor for film critic Roger Ebert. At the Sun-Times, she also serves as Latin music/culture writer and works closely with fellow Getty fellow (and mutual opera maniac) Andrew Patner on the classical music beat. A graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, with a degree in journalism and environmental science, she also studied at the School of the Art Institute and has been an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University.

Matthew WestwoodMatthew Westwood

Matthew Westwood is Arts Correspondent for The Australian newspaper, where he writes about news and topical issues in the nation's cultural life. He was previously the newspaper's Arts Editor, and was editor of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's arts magazine, 24 Hours. He enjoys opera, classical music, literature, yoga and ocean swimming. @matthewwestwood

Michael NormanMichael Norman

Michael Norman has been Online Arts & Entertainment Editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer since 2007. He is responsible for coordinating the online A&E coverage of Ohio’s largest metropolitan daily newspaper in conjunction with the Features department and the paper’s affiliate website Cleveland.com. A 2002 USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, Norman was The Plain Dealer's print Arts & Entertainment Editor from 1999-2007, leading a staff of 20 editors, critics and reporters. Norman joined The Plain Dealer in 1989 as a feature writer. For most of the 1990s, he was the newspaper's Pop Music Critic and covered the opening of the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. A graduate of Ohio State University, Norman is also an active freelance writer and producer. His writing has appeared on numerous print publications and websites, including the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. He also produced video music reviews for Sideways, an iPad magazine published in Cleveland in 2010. Norman, 51, lives in Medina, Ohio, with his wife Ann and daughters Katie and Madeline. @MichaelNormanPD

Michele SiegelMichele Siegel

Michele Siegel has been with public radio's “Studio 360” since its first broadcast in the fall of 2000. She has produced pieces on everything from the urban design battle that emerged in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to the boot camp survival story of an oboe player in the U.S. Army Band. In 2008 she was awarded a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship in Los Angeles. She's also served as an "audio doctor" at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago. Prior to “Studio 360,” she was a program coordinator for the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. @mtsiegel

Neda UlabyNeda Ulaby

Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk, covering art, music, television, film, new media and literature. She also hosts the Gracie Award-winning Culturetopia podcast of NPR's best arts stories. Ulaby started at NPR in 2000 as an editorial assistant after working as the managing editor of The Windy City Times. A former doctoral student at the University of Chicago, her features and film reviews have appeared in a wide variety of academic journals and alternative newspapers, including the Chicago Reader and the Washington City Paper. Ulaby was born in Amman, Jordan and raised in the Midwest. @Ulabeast

Nekesa Mumbi MoodyNekesa Mumbi Moody

Nekesa Mumbi Moody is an award-winning, veteran journalist who has chronicled some of entertainment’s biggest moments for The Associated Press. Moody is the AP’s music editor, and has shaped the wire service’s music coverage for the last decade. She has interviewed newsmakers from Beyonce to Taylor Swift to U2, and also marked watershed moments, such as the death of Michael Jackson, and the shifts and trends in the industry. Moody has been featured as a cultural expert on Fox, VH1, BET and other outlets. She has also written for publications such as Essence and Vibe. She is also the director of an annual high school journalism workshop program. @nekesamumbi

olufunke mosesolufunke moses

Olufunke Abiola Moses is a writer, poet and public speaker. Originally from Durham, N.C. by way of Lagos, Nigeria, she has worked and performed nationally and internationally. She covers music, visual arts and contemporary culture for Creative Loafing Charlotte and has written for Deutsche Presse-Agentur, the Independent Weekly and The Source. An invited panelist and keynote speaker for institutions and organizations within the healthcare community, Moses has presented on topics from patient care to genetic diversity. Currently, she is at work on a short story collection about her experiences growing up in hospital systems.

Peggy McGlonePeggy McGlone

Peggy McGlone has spent the past 12 years reporting on the arts industry for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com, New Jersey's largest media company. Her articles on public arts funding launched an investigation of the state arts council, while her reporting on concert ticket trickery sparked the wrath of fellow Jerseyan Bruce Springsteen. A graduate of Seton Hall University, Peggy earned a Ph.D. from CUNY. She is the proud mom of three teenagers. @PeggyMcGlone

Randall RobertsRandall Roberts

Randall Roberts is the Pop Music Critic and interim Pop Music Editor for the Los Angeles Times. Over the course of his writing career, he has ridden towboats down the Mississippi while covering the American barge industry, traveled to Burma and Thailand with Los Angeles band Ozomatli while documenting their work for the U.S. State Dept., and infiltrated Mutato Studios in West Hollywood to better understand Mark Mothersbaugh’s insidious commercial music. Roberts’ piece on Ozomatli in Burma was included in the Best Music Writing 2010 anthology, and other writings of his have been honored by the James Beard Foundation, the Association of Food Journalists, and the National Association of Black Journalists. He lives and tweets in Los Angeles. @liledit

Rick HolterRick Holter

Rick Holter was recently promoted to supervising editor for digital news on npr.org and will begin his new role starting in November. Currently, he is supervising senior editor of the weekend version of NPR's “All Things Considered.” He's been in the job and in Washington, D.C., for three years; before that he spent two years editing NPR's since-canceled midday show, “Day to Day,” from Culver City, Calif. He actually credits his move to NPR to the USC/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship he participated in back in 2005 -- his delightful fellow fellows Lynn Neary and Alison Macadam, plus an afternoon spent at NPR West in Culver City, convinced him that the network could be a happy landing place. He spent his formative years in newspapers, as a copy editor at the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer, as a copy editor and designer at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times and as arts editor of the Dallas Morning News. @rickholter

Ryan PearsonRyan Pearson

Ryan Pearson is a Los Angeles-based entertainment producer for Associated Press Television, Pearson covers movies, music, video games and pop culture. He has reported from Comic-Con and the Sundance and Toronto film festivals and interviewed Jack Nicholson, Mel Gibson, Christina Aguilera and Kanye West. Pearson has worked for the AP since 2002 as an editor, writer, video-journalist and sometime music critic. @RyanPearsonLA

Sara FishkoSara Fishko

Sara Fishko's features are a staple of cultural programming at WNYC, New York Public Radio. She produces and hosts "Fishko Files," a long-running series of audio-essays on music, art, media and culture. She was also the writer, producer and host of WNYC and NPR's "Jazz Loft Project Radio Series," a multi-part documentary series drawn from thousands of hours of midcentury archival tape. Fishko is known as well for extended, incisive interviews with the likes of Keith Jarrett, Dave Brubeck, Philip Glass and Murray Perahia. Her work has earned multiple awards, and has been heard across the country on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “On The Media,” “Studio 360,” “Soundcheck” and “Performance Today.”

Sasha AnawaltSasha Anawalt

Sasha Anawalt is director of USC Annenberg Arts Journalism Programs, including the Masters degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) program, a partnership with the five arts schools at USC that was launched in 2008. Anawalt also directs the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program and, from 2005 to 2011, the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater, where this past spring she created and built with Douglas McLennan, Engine28, the pop-up newsroom. In October 2009, she co-produced with McLennan the first-ever National Summit on Arts Journalism, a one-day virtual and real conference in Annenberg Auditorium. She wrote the best-selling cultural biography, “The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company” (Scribner, 1996). A PBS documentary about the Joffrey Ballet that is
heavily based on her book will be released in January 2012. Anawalt was chief dance critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner for six years, for two years at the LA Weekly and for nearly a decade at KCRW, National Public Radio. Her reviews and features can be found in the archives of The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, SoHo
Weekly News, Montreal Gazette, Dance Magazine, TV Guide, KUSC and MSNBC-online sites.

Anawalt served on the 2006 and 2007 Pulitzer Prize Committee juries for criticism. She is a frequent host and speaker for the dance series at the Music Center and at USC’s Visions and Voices. She is a board member of USC Fisher Museum of Art, the LA Stage Alliance, and Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia. She also serves on the advisory boards of Jacaranda: Music at the Edge of Santa Monica and of USC’s Magic Poetry Bus. A native of New York City and graduate of Barnard College, Anawalt lives in Pasadena with her husband; they have three children.

Suzi SteffenSuzi Steffen

Suzi Steffen writes, edits, reviews, teaches and rides her trike (a lot) in lovely Eugene, Oregon. She studied art history, history and literary nonfiction, worked for an alt-weekly as an arts editor and is now plotting ways to cover the arts all over the state of Oregon at her site-in-progress, 36Flavors. Suzi teaches at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, consults on social media plans, freelances and writes often about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Suzi keeps track of everything, plus her cats and her local food finds, on her Twitter feed. You can also find her — and feel free to; she's an extrovert — on Facebook, Google + or LinkedIn or via email.

Douglas McLennan

Douglas McLennan is the founder and editor of ArtsJournal.com, the leading aggregator of arts journalism on the Internet. Prior to starting ArtsJournal, McLennan was arts columnist and music critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A former concert pianist, he has a master's degree in music from the Juilliard School in New York. He has written on the arts for numerous publications, including as music critic for Salon, and for Newsweek, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the London Evening Standard. McLennan has been a music critic for National Public Radio's “All Things Considered.” He was head of the board of the National Arts Journalism Program (NAJP) at Columbia University until last summer. He is a recipient of several awards for arts criticism and reporting, including a NAJP fellowship at Columbia University and a Deems Taylor/ASCAP Award for music journalism.

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