The Big Sur Sound and Story Jury includes some of the most accomplished and innovative individuals working in the fields of radio, audio, and storytelling.

At the end of the summer, the Jury will select the three “best of the best.” The winning selections will be played at our gala finale (date TBD.)

Stay tuned as we’ll be adding more members across the coming weeks.

bobedwardsBob Edwards

For three decades, from the hostage crisis in Iran to Sept. 11 to the warfare in Iraq, listeners turned to Bob Edwards for insight, perspective and companionship. With Bob at the helm, Morning Edition became the most-listened-to program in public radio. Thirteen million people now tune in every week.

story.newnam3Brendan Francis Newnam

Brendan Francis Newnam is a writer, radio host of The Dinner Party Download, an hour-long celebration of culture, food, and conversation produced by American Public Media.  It airs weekly on more than 125 public radio stations (see all) across the USA,and is consistently ranked as one of the top culture shows on iTunes.  Brendan is also a guest contributor for CNN and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s”Big Thinkers Under 40.”

kitchensistersThe Kitchen Sisters

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning NPR series Hidden Kitchens, the two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project and most recently, The Hidden World of Girls, a series on NPR that explored the lives of girls and the women they become. Their currenct project is The Making Of…, a production with KQED and AIR.

As independent producers, they are the creators of more than 200 stories for public broadcast about the lives, histories, art and rituals of people who have shaped our diverse cultural heritage. 

mza_454045314044624624.170x170-75Robert Pollie

Robert Pollie is a producer at Santa Cruz, California’s NPR affiliate KUSP and the producer and host of the 7th Avenue Project podcast, a weekly radio show for the seriously curious. Interviews and features on science, philosophy, art, music, culture and real-life stories, from Nobel laureates to prison inmates.




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