Private stories, public programs


357 Benefit Street (Rear Entrance) Providence, RI

The focus of this workshop is on how to tap into oral history collections to create compelling documentaries for public radio, exhibits and installations, and the web. Award-winning producer Kate Ellis will use examples from her own work and other journalists' to teach the ins and outs of using oral histories in public programs. She will also cover the art of finding and incorporating archival sound to bring a story to life.

About the facilitator: Kate Ellis is an award-winning documentary producer for public radio and the founder of Audio Memoir, a broadcast quality oral history service. Ellis is also Executive Director of Kitchen Conversations, a national oral history project on food. Ellis has spent some twenty years recording interviews for academic projects and public radio programs. In 2001, she began working with American RadioWorks, the documentary unit of American Public Media, where her research on white and African American memories of segregation was featured in the program Remembering Jim Crow. Since then her programs have regularly aired on NPR stations nationwide and the BBC. She is the recipient of the ABA's Silver Gavel Award, the Unity Award for public affairs/social issues reporting, and the first place Headliner Award for documentary work. Ellis is the co-editor of two book/CD anthologies of African American oratory: Say it Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity (2005), and Say it Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches (2010). Most recently, she collaborated on the critically acclaimed book of oral history interviews with New Yorkers who witnessed and survived 9/11, titled After the Fall (2011). Ellis holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University, an M.A. in sociology from Emory University, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.