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Dan Grossman, reporter / writer / producer

Daniel Grossman is an award-winning print journalist and radio and web producer with twenty years of experience. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and a B.S. in physics, both from MIT. He is a 2008 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow. He was awarded a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he studied climate science. He has reported from all seven continents, including from within 800 miles of both the south and north poles. He has produced radio stories and documentaries on science and the environment for National Public Radio’s show Weekend Edition; Public Radio International’s show on the environment Living on Earth and news magazine, The World; the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Germany’s Deutsche Welle radio; the BBC; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; the documentary show Soundprint; and Radio Netherlands, among other broadcast outlets. His previous Inside Out documentary, "Meltdown: Inside Out" won the 2008 Science Journalism Award for Excellence in Radio Reporting from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dan has written for the New York Times, The Boston Globe, Discover, Audubon and Scientific American, among other national publications. He has been interviewed on environmental topics more than a dozen times on national radio programs including The World, Here and Now and Living on Earth. He has produced three extensive micro-websites on environmental topics. He is coauthor of A Scientist’s Guide to Talking with the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists (Rutgers University Press: 2006).

Anna Bensted, Executive Producer

Anna Bensted joined the staff of WBUR in 1999. Previously, she spent 15 years with BBC Radio where she produced and presented a current affairs program in England and set up a daily arts show in Scotland. In 1993 and 1994, she produced a series of programs for the BBC about change in America which won the UK's Sony Radio Award. She has edited and produced Inside Out Documentaries for WBUR since 2000.

George Hicks, Technical Director, Studio Producer

Working at WBUR since 1997, George Hicks served as technical director for NPR's The Connection, Car Talk, Only A Game, On Point and PRI's Here & Now. Earlier, Hicks spent fifteen years as a freelance engineer / producer, recording diverse jazz and classical artists such as Stan Getz with the New England Conservatory Orchestra, Keith Jarrett with the Handel & Haydn Society, and The Klezmer Conservatory Band with Yitzhak Perlman. In 2000, Hicks plunged into long-form radio as technical director / producer of WBUR's Inside Out Documentaries. Inside Out has won many RTNDA, PRNDI and AP awards, as well as DuPont-Columbia, RFK Memorial, and Overseas Press Club honors. Recently, in an ironic turn to the (very) short-form, Hicks produced the first thirty-five weekly episodes of 11 Central Ave, the award-winning radio comic strip. In addition to composing and performing theme music for 11 Central Ave, Hicks also provided incidental music for Snakeheads and Slavery: Inside Out and Haunting the Quabbin: Inside Out.

Jesse Costa Multimedia Producer

Jesse Costa studied photography, graphic design and multimedia production at the School at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Maine College of Art. His work has been featured in various publications, including Photo District News. Jesse joined the New Media Department at WBUR as Multimedia Producer in early 2007.

Audio Translation and Transcription

Syed Bashar
Martha Jane Diana
Solange Graham
Lori Lawton
Subhranil Mondal

Fact Checking

Maureen Nandini Mitra (India and Bangladesh)
Eva Zadeh (France)
Helen Grange (South Africa)

Field Translation and Assistance

Maureen Nandini Mitra (India and Bangladesh)
Lester Malgas (South Africa)
Eric Pape (France)
Eva Zadeh (France)


The Barbara Smith Fund
The Whole Systems Foundation [http://www.whole-systems.org]
The Alicia Patterson Foundation [http://www.aliciapatterson.org]
Seventh Generation, Inc. [http://www.seventhgeneration.com]
Abby Rockefeller and Lee Halprin
The Kendeda Fund

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