Brenda Salinas Baker is a trilingual writer and public radio producer living in Brooklyn. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, her career has taken her Houston, Austin, Washington D.C, New York and London.
Salinas Baker holds a B.A. in Economics with a special concentration in Francophone Studies from Columbia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College.
Salinas Baker was a finalist in the Breakwater Review’s 2021 Fiction Contest. Her fiction has appeared in The Coachella Review and Solstice Literary Magazine. She was nominated for the PEN/ Robert Dau prize for debut writers.
She was awarded the highly competitive Kroc Fellowship at NPR and has reported hundreds of sound-rich pieces for NPR’s flagship programs, Marketplace, PRI’s The World, Latino USA and popular podcasts including Life of the Law and the Slack Variety Pack. Salinas Baker was one of the founding producers of the Texas Standard and helped re-launch NPR’s Latino USA as a full-hour show. She was was a founding producer of the personalized radio start-up 60dB where she reported original stories and helped publishers bring their print pieces to audio life. When the company was acquired by Google in 2017, Salinas Baker took a break from full-time radio production to re-imagine the future of radio. she managed the Google Podcasts creator program in partnership with PRX.
Along with being a published fiction writer, Salinas Baker is a Senior Producer for Podcasts at ABC News, the home of Start Here, The Dropout and other award-winning journalism and lifestyle podcasts.
She is committed to building a media landscape where every woman of color has the power to tell her story. She is an NPR Next Generation mentor, board president of the Association of Independents in Radio and a coach to young woman breaking into the world of radio and podcasting. The world needs our stories.
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