Susan Barnett, producer and host of 51%, is an award winning veteran journalist and writer whose career has included anchoring and producing television news, radio news, writing for magazines and authoring a weekly column for an online newspaper. She authors a companion column to this show at feminist.com. Her short story collection "The View from Outside" is published by Hen House Press. She provides Wonder Bread Choir backup vocals on "Songs for the Big Kablooey" the 2010 CD by musician Kevin Bartlett, whose music is the theme for 51%. Her other interests include voracious reading, head-clearing hiking, petting any furry animal which will allow it and trying to focus on the positive. She lives in Woodstock, NY.
Since 1993, Marc Steiner has hosted the widely acclaimed public radio news and interview program, "The Marc Steiner Show". In 1993, the show was launched on WJHU. In 2001 when WJHU came up for sale, Steiner led the movement to maintain community ownership of the station, playing an integral role in the founding of WYPR. He served as Executive Vice President of WYPR from February 2002 through August of 2005. Since May 2008, The Marc Steiner Show has aired on WEAA 88.9 FM, the NPR member station at Morgan State University.
Earlier in his career, Steiner founded a theater program in the Maryland state prison system, as well as the Family Circle Theater, a company of teenagers that produced original productions about adolescent issues. He also served for ten years on the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts. Steiner was a therapeutic counselor and director of counseling programs focusing on inner city neighborhoods and prisons. He and Valerie live in the country just outside of Baltimore. He has three children and five grandchildren.
Steve Curwood created the first pilot of "Living on Earth" in the spring of 1990, and the show has run continuously since April 1991. Today, it is aired on more than 250 public radio stations in the United States.
Curwood's relationship with public radio goes back to 1979 when he began as a reporter and host of NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered." He has been a journalist for more than 30 years with experience at CBS News, the "Boston Globe," NPR, WBUR-FM/Boston and WGBH-TV/Boston. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the "Boston Globe's" education team.
Curwood is also the recipient of the 2003 Global Green Award for Media Design, the 2003 David A. Brower Award from the Sierra Club for excellence in environmental reporting and the 1992 New England Environmental Leadership Award from Tufts University for his work on promoting environmental awareness. He is president of the World Media Foundation Inc. and lectures in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University. He lives in southern New Hampshire on a small woodlot with his family.
Lisa Mullins — Principal Host, Senior Producer
Lisa Mullins is the anchor and senior producer of PRI's "The World." In addition to hosting from the Boston studios, she has produced and reported from China, Albania, Italy, Mexico and Northern Ireland. She anchored the program from Hong Kong when the territory was handed back to China in 1997. She also covered the Republican National Convention in San Diego in 1996 and anchored that year's presidential election coverage from Washington.
Mullins brings more than 20 years of experience in broadcast journalism to PRI "The World." Her reports have aired on NPR's "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered" and "Performance Today." She co-produced "The Vegetable Chronicles," an award-winning series of public radio documentaries about diet and disease. For six years, she hosted the American broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Day concert, performed in the Austrian capital.
Public radio program directors across the United States have named Lisa Mullins one of the best announcers in the public radio system. She has received the bronze award for Best Network Anchor in the New York Festival's international radio competition, and "Boston Magazine" has honored her with its Best Radio Voice Award. Her interview with the Episcopal bishop of Honduras, Leo Fradé, won "The World" a Golden Reel Award in the National News and Public Affairs category from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
In 2009, Harvard University's Nieman Foundation for Journalism named Mullins one of its 2009-10 Nieman Fellows, and she attended Harvard for a year of study, seminars and special events. For her core project, she conducted a real-time assessment of the resurgence of diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy during the first 16 months of the Obama administration.
Marco Werman — Alternate Host, Senior Producer
Marco Werman is senior producer on PRI's "The World." He oversees production of the program's daily Global Hit segment, and he serves as alternate host for the show.
Werman has been working in journalism since he was 16 year-old copy boy at the "News and Observer" in Raleigh, N.C. He discovered radio journalism while working as a freelancer for two years just north of Togo in Burkina Faso for the BBC World Service, where he later worked as a producer. In 1990, he launched a new public radio station in New York State's Adirondacks and hosted a daily two-hour news and public affairs show there for four years. This was followed by a stint in Rome, Italy, where he was the correspondent for Monitor Radio.
In 1995 he was invited to assist in creating the format for PRI's "The World." In 1997 he began providing its daily punctuation mark, the Global Hit segment, in which musicians and musical trends around the globe are linked to the news.
Werman's experience includes documentary photography, print, radio and television. He co-produced and hosted "Nordic Rock," a 20-minute feature on cutting-edge electronic music in Iceland that appeared on PBS' "Frontline World." A 2007 Emmy Award-winner, he is currently developing a new series for PBS on global music called "Sound Tracks."
Robin Young brings over 25 years of eclectic broadcast experience to her role as host of "Here and Now." She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker and has been a correspondent for the Discovery Channel, CBS and ABC, and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for the "Today" show on NBC.
Young may be best known to the Boston audience for her part in launching the popular "Evening Magazine" on WBZ-TV in the mid-'70s, and for her television profiles on WNEV-TV in the mid-'80s. For the past decade, she's also been producing and directing documentaries.
Sarah McConnell began her career as a reporter with Charlottesville, VA’s WINA 1070 AM. After twenty years as WINA’s News Director, she became host of With Good Reason in 2002. Sarah continues to train upcoming journalists as part of the Board of Directors for WUVA. She and her husband, Bob Gibson, have three daughters, Helen,