About Us

Ira Glass
Host and Executive Producer

Ira Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPR's headquarters in DC. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing stories for All Things Considered. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in 1995.

Elna Baker
Talent Scout
Elna Baker is a writer and comedic storyteller. She’s appeared on This American Life, A Prairie Home Companion, The Moth Radio Hour, BBC Radio 4, All Things Considered, WTF with Marc Maron, and Studio 360, among other shows. She published a memoir called The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance.
Elise Bergerson
Business Operations Manager
Elise joined This American Life in August 2012. Prior to this she worked as a Program Associate at the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, coordinating closed-door meetings on international conflict policy for the United Nations. Before that, she worked with UN High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi, India, managing a refugee protection clinic.
Zoe Chace
Zoe joined the show in 2015. Before that, she was a reporter for NPR’s Planet Money team, as well as an NPR producer.
Sean Cole
Sean contributed to the show on and off starting in 1999, and then came on staff in February 2014. He’s also worked as a producer at Radiolab, a regular contributor to Marketplace, and a freelance reporter for lots of other shows and podcasts including Studio 360 and 99% Invisible. His career started at WBUR in Boston where he was a news-writer, engineer, announcer, field-producer, reporter and, finally, a correspondent for the station’s award-winning documentary unit Inside Out.
Emily Condon
Production Manager

Before joining This American Life in 2009, Emily Condon ran the Oak Street Cinema, a nonprofit, single-screen revival movie theatre in Minneapolis. Prior to managing the show she got her master's degree at The New School for Social Research. She also manages Serial, our second show.

Neil Drumming
Neil Drumming is a journalist and filmmaker who has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Gawker. His feature film debut Big Words was released in July 2013.
Stephanie Foo
Before joining This American Life as a producer in 2014, Stephanie helped create Snap Judgment. Her work has been featured on shows like Reply All and 99% Invisible. She was also the co-creator of This American Life’s Audio Hackathon.
Kimberly Henderson
Office Coordinator
Kimberly joined This American Life in July 2015. Prior to that, she worked as the Program Associate at one of the leading contemporary arts residency centers in the country, McColl Center for Art + Innovation.
Chana Joffe-Walt
Chana joined the show in 2014. Before that, she was a reporter for NPR where she helped create Planet Money. Chana started her public radio career in Seattle at member station KPLU.
Seth Lind
Director of Operations

Seth joined This American Life as Production Manager in 2006. When he's not managing the tech and business sides of the show, he performs improv comedy and makes movies. Seth created and hosted the podcast festival Cast Party and directed the video of our 2014 live show This American Life: One Night Only at BAM.

Joel Lovell
Before joining the show, Joel Lovell was the deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine. He has worked as an editor at GQ and Harper's, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, New York Magazine and Travel & Leisure, and taught in the graduate writing program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a consulting editor for The Atavist.
Miki Meek
Miki Meek interned and freelanced for the show before joining the staff in December 2012. Previously, she worked as an online producer and editor at National Geographic and The New York Times. Miki has won two Emmy awards for new approaches to documentary programming.
Jonathan Menjivar
Jonathan Menjivar was a contributor to This American Life before joining the staff in July 2010. He was previously a producer at Fresh Air with Terry Gross and reported stories for other public radio shows including Studio 360 and Marketplace.
Brian Reed
Senior Producer
Brian Reed first came to This American Life as an intern, and rejoined our staff as a producer in October 2011. In the interim he was a producer at StoryCorps. Brian also reported and produced stories for NPR as a Kroc Fellow and as their first Above the Fray Fellow.
Robyn Semien

Before becoming a producer in June 2007, Robyn Semien was an associate editor on the first season of the This American Life television show.

Alissa Shipp

Alissa Shipp joined This American Life in the summer of 2006 from Warner Brothers Pictures. She's also worked as a book scout and as an associate with literary agent Nicole Aragi. Alissa handles film rights, development, and production for This American Life.

Lyra Smith
Lyra has worked on The Colbert Report, Louie, Broad City, and the Onion News Network. Prior to the fellowship, she was assistant to Jesse Peretz, director and producer of Girls, Nurse Jackie, and Divorce. As a writer and performer, her series, Couch House, was an Official Selection at the 2015 New York Television Festival.
Julie Snyder
Contributing Editor

Prior to joining our staff, Julie Snyder was a reporter for WGN radio in Chicago, and also was news director at KZSC, Santa Cruz's public radio station. She also executive produces our second show, Serial.

Nancy Updike

Nancy Updike is one of the founding producers of our show. Her stories appear in "Sissies," "Crime Scene," "24 Hours at the Golden Apple," and other episodes. Her hour-long Iraq story, "I'm from the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help," won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best news documentary and the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Award in radio. She was nominated for an Emmy for her story "God’s Close-Up," from the first season of the our TV show.