Announcement from Director of Audio Jessica Stahl:

I am thrilled to announce that Ariel Plotnick will join the Audio team as an associate producer. She will be taking over production for The Daily 202′s Big Idea, our morning briefing tailored for smart speakers, as well as contributing to the rest of our narrative storytelling.

Ariel was most recently producing for the Kojo Nnamdi Show. She also developed, edited and produced the California Foodways podcast, which reports on the intersection of food, agriculture and economics across the state. Ariel has done freelance reporting and producing for NPR and its member stations, and spent a year piecing together the story of a defunct yet beloved dishware company. She previously interned at Marketplace and the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Ariel has a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a BA from Skidmore College.

Ariel’s first day will be Jan. 28. Please join me in welcoming her.