I’m Brenda Patricia Salinas Baker. I’m a trilingual public radio producer living in New York. I was awarded the highly competitive Kroc Fellowship at NPR in 2012. Since then I have reported pieces for NPR’s flagship programs, Marketplace and PRI’s The World as well as a number of podcasts including Life of the Law. I have a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and I’m pursing my MFA in Creative Writing from The Writer’s Foundry. I was one of the founding producers of the Texas Standard, a daily news magazine show that broadcasts state-wide from KUT in Austin. I helped re-launch NPR’s Latino USA as a full-hour show and have reported original stories for the show as a freelancer. I was a founding producer of the personalized radio start-up 60dB where I reported original stories and helped publishers bring their print-pieces to audio life. I’m now working at Google where my team is re-imagining the future of radio.
I’m committed to building a media landscape where every woman of color has the power to tell her story. I am proud to be an NPR Next Generation mentor, a board member on the Association of Independents in Radio, an Advisory Council member of the PRX/PRI Podcast Creators’ Program and a coach to young woman breaking into the world of public radio. The world needs our stories.
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