After nearly 25 years as a host, reporter, producer, editor and engineer, I believe that people listen to the radio to hear good stories. We may want to encourage them to take action for themselves or their communities. We may have funding to teach them something new about health care, the environment or the economy. But, theres no better way to capture our listeners attention than to have a great story to tell.
Catherine Stifter is a Peabody Award-winning freelance editor and independent training and production consultant for community and public radio stations around the U.S. She has worked in a wide variety of station-based, network and independent jobs in public radio for 24 years.
Current and recent editorial projects include Saving The Sierra: Voices of Conservation in Action a regional community media project profiling conservation efforts based in the rural communities of California's Sierra Nevada; The Boomtown Chronicles: Reflections on a Changing California, a documentary look at housing in one of the most expensive states in the union produced by Rachel Goodman; The DNA Files, the Peabody and Alfred I. duPoint-Columbia University award-winning series on genetics, ethics and politics produced by SoundVision Productions; and Giving Back the Owens, a history of Los Angeles water politics in the Owens River watershed.
For 10 years, she was part of the team at Sound Partners for Community Health, where she managed the Web site and provided technical support and training assistance to public and community radio and television stations covering local health care issues. She will be media director of New Routes to Community Health.
From 1990-1997, Catherine was producer-trainer for National Public Radio’s Diversity Initiative and On-Site Training Programs. In 1993, Catherine traveled to South Africa with NPR senior correspondent Brenda Wilson and Ira Glass, host of This American Life, to present some of the first integrated, hands-on journalism workshops at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She has been a regular contributor to NPR news magazines and documentary series.
Catherine lives in the northern Sierra Nevada of California, where she spends as much time as possible white water rafting. She's also a Wilderness EMT who teaches wilderness medicine courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School of Lander, Wyoming.
Catherine holds a BA in Community Arts from International College/University Without Walls.