Isabel is the Line Producer for The Takeaway, WNYC's national news program. She started as a per diem in April 2016, and was brought on to the full-time staff that November as an associate producer. She was promoted to Line Producer in 2018.
Until April 2016, she was the Associate Editor of The Riverdale Press, a renowned community newspaper in the northwest Bronx where she received 1st place in education coverage from the New York Press Association in 2015. She got her start in college at UCLA Radio.
Internships at KPCC, Marketplace, and NPR West solidified her love for public radio, and upon moving back home to the Bay Area she started as a volunteer at KALW. Within nine months, she was a reporter for the station and an on-call reporter at KQED. She split her days between the two stations, reporting and producing long-form features and turning around daily news stories.
Isabel moved to New York City in early 2015, taking the recreational coed soccer scene by storm. (Not really. She wishes.)
Line Producer, 5/18 - present
Associate Producer, 11/16 - 4/18
Reporter/Producer, 4/16 - 11/16
The Riverdale Press
Associate Editor, 4/15 - 4/16
I am in charge of producing The Takeaway's live feed at 9am and with keeping the show up to date throughout the day. The job is a combination of executing the dayside team's plan from the day before, by managing the pre-show schedule of interviews and tracking, cutting interviews, and editing scripts, and changing the show to reflect the latest news. I also help with the editorial direction of the show, from daily input to overseeing large projects like the show's trip to Miami and a weeklong series on women & rage, and play a key role in the show's sound design, like creating this show open on the March for Our Lives protest.
I do this in addition to everything I did as an associate producer for the show (see below), and I'm also trained in the show's technical director position.
I am an associate producer for The Takeaway, WNYC's national news program. As part of the core team, I pitch stories, book guests, prep interviews, write web copy, cut two-ways, and create fully mixed pieces. I cover all sorts of stories, but particularly love things that are: West Coast-centric, geeky pop culture, or about cool ladies. Ideally, all three. I work the morning shift, producing the live show at 9am. I am also trained to do the technical director position.
I was a freelance reporter/producer, primarily for radio outlets. I spent most of my time as a per diem associate producer for WNYC's national news show The Takeaway. There I have produced stories on everything from homelessness in America to Pokemon Go. In June, I reported a feature story for the WNYC newsroom about the city's IDNYC program.
I wrote 5-6 stories a week for a community newspaper that covers the diverse northwest Bronx, in addition to editing several weekly features, news briefs, and obituaries. I covered everything from ongoing school stories to zoning issues to environmental concerns. Some of my investigative pieces have become the most-viewed stories on the website. As Associate Editor, I also managed the interns. I was promoted from Education Reporter in February 2016 and received 1st place in education coverage from the New York Press Association.
Reporter/Producer, 2/13 - 2/15
I reported and produced feature-length stories for KALW’s daily news show Crosscurrents. I covered all sorts of stories, from a night on a San Jose city bus that many homeless use as a shelter to a fun explainer about the Golden Gate Bridge. Most stories took several weeks, but I turned some around in a day like this one. I also represented KALW on the national level, in NPR newscast spots, Marketplace features, and I have been interviewed live on the Takeaway. I started as a volunteer reporter in September 2012.
On-call Reporter, 9/13 - 2/15
I filled in as a General Assignment reporter about two weeks out of the month. I reported between 2-3 stories a day for the daily newscasts, mostly in the form of spots, cut & scripts, and blog posts. I also filed debriefs from the field, both live or recorded. Some big stories include the Ferguson protests, BART strikes, and the Google Bus controversy. I began as an intern in June 2013.
National Desk Intern, NPR West
Production Intern, Marketplace Morning Report
News Intern, KPCC Southern California Public Radio
My favorite book in 2017 was Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, favorite podcast episode was The Big Lick from Criminal, favorite album was Lorde's Melodrama, and favorite TV show was The Great British Bake Off.
In my sparse spare time, I play soccer, cook, tend my many houseplants, and miss playing college lacrosse.
I'll talk to you about anything.