The Washington Post has announced the staff for its upcoming daily flagship podcast, “Post Reports.” Joining host Martine Powers and executive producer Madhulika Sikka, the new hires include the following:
Matt Collette, senior producer--Matt joins us from WNYC Studios where he most recently was producer of the breakout podcast “Nancy,” which uses narrative journalism to tell LGBT stories. His career in audio includes both reporting and producing on the business and education beats. He even produced a series about a college football team despite knowing, as he puts it, “next to nothing” about football. In addition, he has taught radio reporting and produced for NPR, Slate and “State of the Re-Union.” Matt grew up in Stonington, Conn. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor from Northeastern University, and a master’s from Columbia Journalism School. His first day is Monday.
Alexis Diao, producer--Alexis arrives from NPR where she has been an audio producer and editor in many parts of the organization, including the high-pressure half-hourly newscasts and the daily magazine shows. In addition, she was an online editor at npr.org. Her audio experience extends well beyond NPR and includes time at Slate (where she produced our own Dave Weigel), C-Span Radio and “Marketplace.” She also produced an audio documentary about Filipino veterans who fought for the United States in World War II, and their fight for American benefits. Alexis hails from Florida and is a graduate of Florida State University where she majored in American Studies and Mass Media Studies. Alexis starts Monday.
Reena Flores, associate producer--Reena comes to us from Politico, where she gained extensive experience in podcast and video production, producing the “Women Rule” podcast and Politico’s live podcast tapings. She also helped produce campaign coverage and a mini-documentary series “What Works Next.” Before Politico, Reena built her news chops as a political reporter and producer at CBS News and Atlantic Media’s National Journal. Reena has lived in Chicago, the Philippines and California. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in English Literature and Media Studies, and she interned at KQED in San Francisco. Her first day is Monday.
Maggie Penman, producer--Maggie built her formidable audio skills in public radio as a reporter and producer. Most recently, she was a reporter in Boston at WGBH News, where she covered a range of stories, including the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, the opioid epidemic and the midterm elections. Before joining WGBH, she worked on NPR’s flagship show “Morning Edition,” reported on breaking news, and helped launch the popular social science podcast “Hidden Brain.” The show was recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science with a Science Journalism award for the episode “When Great Minds Think Unlike.” Her reporting has taken her from the North Dakota Prairie to Berlin, Germany, to a tiny town in Japan called Obama. In 2017, she reported from Germany as an Arthur F. Burns Fellow through the International Center for Journalists. Maggie is a graduate of Barnard College with a degree in history. She got her journalism start as an intern at WNYC. Her first day is Monday.
Jordan-Marie Smith, associate producer--Jordan-Marie is joining us from McClatchy’s Washington bureau where she has been responsible for several podcasts, including “Beyond the Bubble” and “Majority Minority.” Her audio roots grew at NPR where she started as an intern. She quickly moved throughout the building, working at the flagship broadcasts. This helped her learn to pivot quickly from breaking news, like the Pulse nightclub shooting for which she produced an 11-minute sound-rich segment on short notice, to stories about politics, music and culture. She hails from Greenville, N.C. Jordan-Marie starts Monday.