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Press Room

American RadioWorks Press Room provides information and resources to media professionals. We encourage you to contact us with questions or comments about the program. American RadioWorks is produced and distributed by American Public Media.

Members of the media should contact:

Jackie Cartier, National Publicity Manager
480 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, MN USA 55101
Phone: 651-290-1113
Fax: 651-222-7794

Program Overview
American RadioWorks (ARW) is the highly esteemed national documentary unit of American Public Media. ARW creates documentaries, series projects, podcasts and online content for the public radio system and the Internet. ARW currently covers education issues focusing on critical issues in K-12 and higher education.


New American RadioWorks Documentaries Examine Civil Rights and Black History (St. Paul, Minn.) January 25, 2010

American RadioWorks Documentaries Examine Poverty and the Culture Wars (St. Paul, Minn.) June 28, 2010

American RadioWorks Wins RTDNA/Unity Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Coverage of Diversity. "Early Lessons" Documentary Examined the Perty Preschool Project (St. Paul, Minn.) June 1, 2010

American RadioWorks Documentaries for Fall 2009; Focuses on Education Challenges Gripping America (St. Paul, Minn.) Nov. 5, 2009

American RadioWorks Announces Documentaries for Spring 2009; Lineup Focuses on Economic Crisis Gripping America (St. Paul, Minn.) April 2, 2009

American Public Media's American RadioWorks Wins 2008 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism (St. Paul, Minn.) June 10, 2008

American RadioWorks Presents "King's Last March"; Public Radio Documentary Describes the Turbulent Last Year of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Life (St. Paul, Minn.) March 27, 2008

American Public Media's American RadioWorks Wins National Headliner Awards (St. Paul, Minn.) March 11, 2008


Stephen Smith, Executive Editor, Host
Stephen Smith is co-creator of American RadioWorks, the highly-respected documentary unit of American Public Media. Smith has covered a wide range of international and domestic issues, including human rights, science and health, education, race relations and American history. Smith and ARW have been awarded the duPont-Columbia University Gold and Silver Batons, regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting. Smith is the co-editor of two books, Say it Plain, A Century of Great African American Speeches, and Say it Loud, Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity. Smith is a graduate of Macalester College. He holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago, where he was a William Benton Fellow.


Emily Hanford, Education Correspondent
Emily Hanford joined American RadioWorks in January 2008 to cover education. Before coming to ARW, Hanford worked with North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC for eight years, first as news director and then as a senior editor/ producer overseeing the series North Carolina Voices. Hanford created the Voices series as a way to transcend daily news coverage and look deeply at complex issues. The series has taken on topics such as aging, unemployment, poverty, high school reform and access to higher education. The 2005 series Understanding Poverty received a duPont-Columbia Award, and a reporting project for the series on high school reform went on to become the American RadioWorks documentary Put to the Test. Hanford got her start in radio straight out of college as an intern and then independent producer for WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts. She moved from there to Chicago where she worked at Chicago Public Radio-WBEZ as a producer for the series Chicago Matters, and then as a newsroom reporter, program host and acting news director. Hanford now works from her home in Takoma Park, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. She has a degree in English and American Studies from Amherst College.


Suzanne Pekow, Assistant Producer
Assistant Producer Suzanne Pekow has worked with every daily news program on Minnesota Public Radio and the national programs Marketplace, Marketplace Tech Report, American RadioWorks, and Word for Word. Suzanne has produced live events for Minnesota Public Radio and enjoys producing reported features for air. Her work has appeared on American RadioWorks' Eppy-winning website; Thrive NYC; NYU's Pavement Pieces, and other publications. Suzanne has a master's degree in journalism from NYU. She is also a proud graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she received a bachelor's degree in choral music education.


Ellen Guettler, Coordinating Producer
Ellen Guettler has worked on more than 40 documentaries with American RadioWorks since 2003. Her own documentary work includes stories on international adoption, online social networking and the adoption of teenagers. Guettler has worked at National Public Radio and the Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Geography from Middlebury College.


Catherine Winter, Contributing Editor
Contributing Editor Catherine Winter began working for Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 1987 as legal affairs correspondent. She later produced features on rural issues for MPR's Mainstreet Radio team. She is the recipient of numerous national awards for her work, including two Silver Gavel awards from the American Bar Association and the Unity Award for reporting on issues affecting minorities and disabled persons. She taught writing and journalism at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 1999-2004. Winter holds a master's degree in English and linguistics from UMD and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.


Michael Montgomery, Contributing Producer
Michael Montgomery joined American RadioWorks as a correspondent in July of 1999. Prior to that, he was an associate producer at CBS Reports and 60 Minutes, where he covered national and international stories. From 1989 to 1995, he was a Balkans correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, covering the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the break up of Yugoslavia. He reported extensively on the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, including the siege of Sarajevo. He also covered the region as a freelance reporter for both Time magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Montgomery was a Fulbright scholar in Belgrade from 1987 to 1989, and the recipient of an Alfred E. duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton and Overseas Press Club Award.