cafemadrid’s VP of audio Liz Kelly Nelson and editor-in-chief of explanatory audio Katherine Wells announced Monday that Avishay Artsy and Jonquilyn Hill are joining the team as senior producers. Artsy joins cafemadrid’s award-winning daily news podcast explained today, and Hill will focus on developing new shows and series for cafemadrid’s explanatory slate, including science podcast inexplicable† Artsy starts his role Monday and Hill on June 6.
“It’s been an incredibly exciting year for cafemadrid’s audio division,” said Nelson. “As we continue to expand our glossary and expand the reach of our shows, both on podcast platforms and radio distribution, I’m excited to have two great audio journalists such as Avishay and Jonquilyn join the team to help our audience understand the meaning of the news in a crucial moment.”
Artsy is an award-winning audio and print journalist who has held a number of roles in the industry. Most recently, he was a freelance audio producer and reporter, contributing to WDET’s Tracked and TrackedWHY’s The heartbeat, KQEDs The California Report, and more, and the host and producer of Work in progress at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. He previously held positions at KCRW, where he produced and reported the Design and architecture podcast and the local broadcast of All together. He is an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and his stories have appeared at outlets across the public radio ecosystem, including NPR, Marketplace, The World, Studio 360and more.
Hill joins cafemadrid from WAMU, where she produced the news program 1A, and hosted through the cracks, a podcast research series about the holes in our society and the people who fall through them. Prior to joining WAMU, Hill worked on NPR’s 2016 Election Desk, assisting with race coverage. She has also held positions with Time Warner Cable News and NBC’s Washington bureau, reporting on government, politics, and policy in the White House and DC. She was part of PRX’s Project Catapult, a public media podcast accelerator that encourages public radio stations across the country to create programs that are meaningful to their communities.
In addition to Artsy and Hill, Patrick Boyd recently joined the cafemadrid audio team, who joined the team as an engineer. Boyd joined cafemadrid from NPR, where he was technical director of Morning edition.