Our team includes veteran radio producers, journalists, documentary filmmakers, oral historians, and academics. We come from varied professional backgrounds, but share the belief that this political moment needs to be documented in new ways. 


JESSE DUKES— Project director

Jesse Dukes has worked in radio since 2005 and is the audio producer at WBEZ Chicago’s award-winning Curious City. His work has appeared in a wide range of national outlets, including NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, Backstory, and many others. As an independent documentarian, Jesse’s work has been honored by awards from the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, and Digital National Magazine Awards, and his writing has been selected for inclusion in 2013’s Best American Travel Writing. Jesse is a contributing writer at the Virginia Quarterly Review and a principal of Big Shed Audio + Media. Jesse is based in Chicago. 

Lenore Bajare-Dukes

Lenore Bajare-Dukes is a dialogue facilitator and researcher of political polarization and truth-telling based in central Pennsylvania. An MA graduate in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University, she has designed and helped manage programs that build bridges across ideological divides, including with the NGO Search for Common Ground. In her spare time, she helps facilitate community storytelling events through Playback Theatre.

Briana Breen

Briana Breen is a radio, podcast, and event producer based in San Francisco, California. She has worked with Radiolab, Freakonomics, NPR, APM, CBC, Midroll, and The Kitchen Sisters, as well as The Oxford University Press and Dazed & Confused Magazine.

Emmanuel Dzotsi

Emmanuel Dzotsi is an associate producer for Serial, based in New York City. He has previously reported and produced stories for WBEZ and This American Life.

John Fecile

John Fecile works in both documentary film and radio. He was a field producer and sound recordist for Al Jazeera America’s documentary miniseries Hard Earned, which won the 2015 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. As an audio producer and reporter, he has worked with The Obama Foundation and WBEZ’s Curious City, where he won an award for Best Sound Design from the Illinois Associated Press. His hour-long audio documentary Blink Once for Yes aired on PRX’s Love + Radio and NPR’s Snap Judgment, and won a 2017 Third Coast Audio Festival Award as well as the 2017 Whicker’s World Foundation Audio Recognition Runner-Up Award. John is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Max Green

Max Green is a producer and reporter with WBEZ in Chicago. His work has appeared in a variety of radio and print outlets, including Love + Radio, NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, Here and Now, The Atlantic, WBEZ’s Curious City, New Scientist, and WHYY's The Pulse. Max won a first place National Headliner award in 2018 for his reporting on Illinois policies that result in sex offenders who receive minimum sentences doing life in prison.


Delaney Hall has helped launch a number of documentary radio projects, including the Emmy-Award-winning Reveal and the Austin Music Map, which was nominated for a Webby Award. She currently helps produce and edit the popular podcast 99% Invisible, and has worked as a producer for State of the Re:Union, winning a George Foster Peabody award for distinguished and meritorious programming. Delaney holds a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism, and is based in Oakland, California.

Leo Hornak

Leo Hornak is a correspondent, The World, PRI / BBC. He has reported and produced for  BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, BBC 2’s Newsnight, and This American Life. 

Bill Healy

Bill Healy is a freelance journalist based in Chicago, Illinois. He produces StoryCorps for WBEZ and teaches documentary radio at Northwestern University.

Esther Honig

Esther Honig has worked as a reporter in the Midwest for over three years. She focuses on issues of immigration and access to healthcare in rural areas. Honig was recognized as Best Reporter in 2016 by the Ohio Associated Press.

Elizabeth Nakano

Elizabeth Nakano is an independent radio producer based in Los Angeles, California. She has contributed work to KCRW and WCAI, among others, and provided production support to the podcast Strangers. When not making radio, she consults on independent film and TV productions.

Paige Pfleger

Paige Pfleger is a reporter and audio producer based in Philadelphia. Her work has been on NPR, Marketplace, The Lily from The Washington Post, Here & Now, WHYY, Michigan Radio, and more. 

Cari Royer

Cari Royer is a trans media maker interested in telling stories from the LGBTQ community. They have lived in the Midwest, the Southeast, and are currently based in the Bay Area.

Delphine Schrank

Delphine Schrank is the author of The Rebel of Rangoon: A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma; a contributing editor to the Virginia Quarterly Review; and a co-founding member of Deca Stories, a pioneering writers' cooperative for deeply-reported global journalism. A 2016 Johns Hopkins SAIS International Reporting Project fellow reporting in the Maghreb, she was the Burma correspondent for The Washington Post, where she was a foreign editor and staff writer. Her award-winning journalism has also appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Time, The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, and The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Time. Until 2012, she wrote from Burma with no byline, to protect her sources against potential retaliation from the then-ruling military junta.

Elizabeth Stanton

Elizabeth Stanton is a journalist who works in the fields of print, documentary, and multimedia journalism. Her written work has appeared in the New York Times, the Tico Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Chicago Tribune. She has worked on production projects throughout the U.S. and Central/South America for various outlets, including PBS and the History Channel. She recently produced a short film about the minimum wage with director Steve James as part of the We the Economy film series. She is also the founder of the Through Her Eyes, a multimedia project comprised of large-scale photographs and short-form videos that capture and showcase the stories of girls and women in the developing world who play sports.