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Brian Edwards-Tiekert

Brian Edwards-Tiekert ('17)

Host/producer, UpFront, KPFA Radio, Berkeley, Calif.

Question: How can new platforms for audio distribution and geography-based networking fill the need for local journalism?

Brian’s used his time at Stanford to take courses covering media economics, new media technologies, and the psychology of media users. He’s been interviewing and surveying audio journalists experimenting with digital-first projects that serve sub-national (state or local) audiences to document what’s working, and what’s not. He’s also beginning to prototype on new platforms (like digital assistants) with the goal of publishing best practices for audio newsrooms.

Posts by Brian

Will Alexa Destroy Us ?

(9 minute read)

Goodbye, Democracy

(8 minute read)

Read @bedwardstiek on Medium.

About Brian

Brian Edwards-Tiekert is the host and founder of UpFront, the morning drive-time public affairs program on KPFA in Berkeley, California. He started his work in media helping to set up the Independent Media Center in Chiapas, Mexico, where he also did human rights work. For two years, he ran a nationwide support program for progressive publications at colleges and universities. He started at KPFA as a beat reporter covering environmental issues, including special assignments covering the 2005 hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, construction of a massive dam in Panama, and UN climate summits in Copenhagen, Cancun, and Durban. In 2006 and 2008, he produced the Pacifica network’s nationwide coverage of elections and political conventions. At KPFA, he also established a long-form journalism training program; outside the station, he’s taught workshops everywhere from the UC Berkeley Labor Center to San Quentin Prison.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.