Catie Talarski is senior producer of Where We Live, the morning news program on WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio.
She got her start in documentary radio at the Salt Institute in Portland Maine, and works hard to balance her love of talk radio and storytelling. Catie has produced several PRNDI award-winning programs on Where We Live, including coverage of Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Gender Identity, and Childrens Television. In honoring her award-winning 2010 episode about what makes a good neighbor, PRNDI judges wrote that Where We Live “takes a news story and spins it into universal connections for listeners. This program is an inspiring example of how talk programs can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.”
Catie’s also documented end-of-life decisions made by young people with Cystic Fibrosis for NPR’s Hearing Voices, dug into archival tape of artist Romare Bearden for Studio 360, and covered the fast-paced worlds of lawnmower racing and collegiate squash for NPR and PRI’s The World. She worked with the Public Radio Exchange to produce the hour-long youth special BULLIED: Teen Stories from Generation PRX. Her foray into magazine writing includes an article about her Polish heritage published in SilverKris, the in-flight magazine of Singapore Airlines.
Catie was inspired by Third Coast and others to create live events to build community around radio. She launched *the ear cave," a listening session hosted by a rotating cast of local radio professionals held at a coffeehouse in Hartford. And her Radio Adventure Theater is an experimental variety show that combines live music, theater, poetry and documentary radio.