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Jonathan I. Hirsch

Founder and Executive Director

As an independent producer, reporter, and sound designer, Jonathan Hirsch produced hundreds of longform audio works for NPR, Vox, NBC, Fusion Media Group, and many others. He is a recipient of the Green Eyeshade, Edward R. Murrow and duPont Awards. His 7-part documentary podcast series Dear Franklin Jones debuted #1 on the iTunes podcast charts.

In April of 2018, Jonathan launched Neon Hum Media, an LA-based podcast production company, specializing in narrative-driven, high production value, “audio first” documentaries, talk shows, and partner content.

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Vikram Patel

Executive Producer

Vikram grew up on the shores of the LA River, playing basketball and eating candy.

But during an extended layover in Alaska, Vikram discovered his love for live storytelling and public radio. He cut his teeth by producing a popular live storytelling program called “Arctic Entries.” Vikram also produced a recurring public radio segment profiling newcomers to Anchorage, founded a nonprofit that brought storytelling into high schools, and once spent a night in a snow cave.

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Catherine Saint Louis

Senior Editor

Catherine Saint Louis was a reporter and editor at The New York Times for 18 years. She covered many topics, but focused on health coverage.

She left the New York Times to edit podcasts and to make her own audio stories. She likes a good cry as much as a good laugh. She is a proud graduate of the Transom Story Workshop where she made a story about a controversial obituary. She hosts a monthly podcast club in her backyard to discuss what works and what doesn’t with other Brooklynites. 

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John Asante

Managing Producer

John Asante is a curious producer devoted to crafting stories that bring light to underserved communities. Before joining Neon Hum Media, he developed, produced, and launched several podcasts at Stitcher. His work has also been heard on WNYC’s The Takeaway and There Goes The Neighborhood; NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Ask Me Another, Morning Edition and Tell Me More.

In his spare time, John hosts Play It Back, an independent podcast telling stories about the songs that have changed your life. Forever he loves Atlanta, yet he loves exploring Los Angeles.

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Shara Morris

Senior Producer

Shara Morris is an audio producer based here in LA. She’s launched multiple podcasts from scratch for networks including Panoply, Maximum Fun and Stitcher. Her work can also be heard on NPR, KCRW, WNYC, PRI and more.

Most recently Shara was the producer of the Marketplace podcast Make Me Smart with Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood. She got her start in audio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and honed her voice co-hosting her first podcast, Homemade News, which she produced from a pirate radio station in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Shara loves telling stories featuring unique voices and is so excited to be part of the Neon Hum team.

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Laura Zinger

Director of Operations

Zinger hails from the Chicago area, and is proud to be from the same town as new Jeopardy legend, James Holzhauer. After, spending most of her career in the Midwest as a Video Producer, Zinger took a detour into nonprofit management where she rebuilt the operations at a 40-year-old mental health organization into a modern day, tech smart version of itself. 

Zinger recently moved to Los Angeles where she has applied her new operational know-how at a secret tech startup and as a Post Production Coordinator at Mattel.  She’s thrilled to have finally landed at Neon Hum Media and is happy to call this her new work home.

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Joanna Clay

Producer

Joanna Clay is a journalist and SoCal native, and prior to Neon Hum, she was an independent producer, reporting features for the BBC, KPCC and KCRW. She came to podcasting by way of print, a former newspaper reporter with bylines in the Los Angeles Times and O.C. Register. She’s also a proud Transom workshop alum.

When she’s not working, you can find her scouring her AllTrails app for good hikes, bingeing any Real Housewives franchise (but mostly NY) and attempting to make Pinterest recipes a reality. 

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Gabrielle Lewis

Producer

Gabrielle Lewis is a Los Angeles-based producer at Neon Hum Media, where she produced Crooked Media’s This Land. Before joining NHM, she was a producer with Pineapple Street Media and Transmitter Media in New York. She independently produced podcasts for Penguin Random House, Food52, and worked in production with The Moth. In another life, she ghost wrote a daily column for the New York Daily News.

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Mary Knauf

Producer

Mary is an audio producer and certified morning person. When she isn’t bouncing off the walls at 6 A.M., you can find her sitting in a chair wondering how to “organically” use Twitter. Before joining Neon Hum, she got her start at Southern California Public Radio as a daily news producer and contributor.

She then finagled her way into the station’s podcast department, where she helped make critically-acclaimed shows like The Big One and Tell Them, I Am.

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Natalie Rinn

Associate Editor

Natalie Rinn is a journalist, native Minnesotan, and former executive editor of Brooklyn Magazine. After nine years in New York, she moved to Los Angeles to explore a new part of the country, and new mediums for telling stories — above all, podcasts. Hiking, running and driving around Los Angeles have been her favorite spaces to discover and be inspired by magical worlds created through audio.

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Tanner Robbins

Production Assistant

Tanner Robbins wanted to tell stories from the time he was ten years old. He started as a filmmaker, shooting claymations in the basement of his home in Birmingham, Alabama. By the time he got to Los Angeles in 2016, Tanner knew film was not his medium. All those hours listening to podcasts and NPR stories had gotten to him. In the Fall of 2018, he graduated from a nine week radio intensive at the Transom Story Workshop where he absorbed everything he could about radio, storytelling, and deep sea fish. Back in LA, Tanner spends his free time experimenting in the kitchen, which is a great time to listen to podcasts.

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Karan Nevatia

Production Assistant

Karan Nevatia fell in love with podcasts when he first discovered the medium in high school and hasn’t looked back since. Karan was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but moved to Los Angeles for college.

Currently studying journalism as a sophomore at the University of Southern California, Karan is the podcast editor at his school newspaper, the Daily Trojan, where he created the newspaper’s first-ever podcast, “General Education.”

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Hayley Fager

Production Assistant

Hayley Fager is an audio producer and journalist who grew up in LA. Before joining Neon Hum she was producing Morning Edition and reporting at WCAI, an NPR member station on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She’s produced radio stories for NPR, KCRW, WGBH, and Atlantic Public Media, and has provided administrative support to Transom.org.