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Cast & Crew

Cast and Crew

Steve Curwood

Steve Curwood
Host / Executive Producer
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Steve Curwood is Executive Producer and Host of Living on Earth. Steve created the first pilot of Living on Earth in the Spring of 1990, and the show has run continuously since April, 1991. Today, Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is aired on more than 270 public radio stations in the USA. Steve's relationship with public radio goes back to 1979 when he began as a reporter and host of Weekend All Things Considered. He also hosted NPR's World of Opera.
Steve has been a journalist for more than 30 years with experience at NPR, CBS News, the Boston Globe, WBUR-FM/Boston and WGBH-TV/Boston. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Boston Globe's education team. Steve Curwood is also the recipient of the 2003 Global Green Award for Media Design, the 2003 David A. Brower Award from the Sierra Club for excellence in environmental reporting and the 1992 New England Environmental Leadership Award from Tufts University for his work on promoting environmental awareness. He is president of the World Media Foundation, Inc. He lives in Southern New Hampshire on a small woodlot with his wife and family.

Bobby Bascomb
Associate Producer
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Bobby Bascomb has been a producer with Living On Earth since 2006. She joined the LOE team from academia with a background in environmental studies and geography. She enjoys producing and reporting stories on a wide breadth of topics, including indigenous issues, sustainable development, and land use in the tropics. When not producing radio, Bobby loves international travel and tries to spend as much time as possible outside. She can often be found hiking with her dog, sailing, camping, gardening, kayaking,
or skiing through the long New England winters.

Emmett FitzGerald
Associate Producer
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Emmett FitzGerald hails from the United States' smallest capital, Montpelier, VT. In 2006, he moved to Providence, RI to attend Brown University, where he majored in history and creative writing. After graduating, he joined the Choices Education Program at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown, where he wrote high school history curricula on topics like the civil rights movement in Mississippi. Emmett joined Living on Earth in the fall of 2012, where he enjoys producing and reporting stories on global warming, environmental justice, and human ecology. In his spare time he plays on a coed soccer team, writes fiction, and plays the tenor saxophone.

Helen Palmer
Managing Producer
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Before joining Living on Earth as its managing producer in 2007, Helen Palmer spent nine years as Boston bureau chief and senior health desk correspondent for public radio's Marketplace, reporting daily on health and economics for the business news show. Helen's journalistic career began at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in her native UK, where she held positions as a researcher, writer, producer and reporter. Her fourteen years at the BBC spanned areas as diverse as children's television, the World Service, religious programmes, arts reporting and current affairs. She spent two years working in radio in Berlin before coming to the United States in 1987, and continuing her reporting career as a freelance for both the BBC and National Public Radio (NPR). In 1991, she joined Monitor Radio, the broadcast division of the Christian Science Monitor, in Boston as a reporter and producer. During a six year tenure at Monitor Radio, Helen's varied roles included producing Early Edition and Midday Edition, and hosting the Monitor Radio World Service, a daily hour-long international program on shortwave. She finds Living on Earth an ideal place to work, both for its subject matter and because its offices lie a short, easy bicycle ride from her Cambridge home. When she's not working, she is a keen if haphazard gardener, and keeps bees.

Gabriela Romanow
Director of Development
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When she's wearing her other hat (as a part-timer with LOE), Gabriela is a partner in an exhibit-development company, Double Exposure, which documents environmental change through the lens of a camera. Prior to her environmental activism, brought on by the mere facts of motherhood and paying attention to the world outside, Gabriela chaired a capital campaign for the renovation and restoration of Brookline's public library, before which she served in both development and communication capacities at ACCION International (microfinance).

Jeff Turton
Technical Director
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Jeff has been part of the Boston radio market for 30 years as both a programmer and recording engineer. He started with WBUR in 1978 programming their weekend jazz and then was both Production and Operations Director. Throughout much of the 80's Jeff freelanced and had his own live sound and remote recording company. Clients included NPR, BBC, Australian Broadcasting & WGBH, as well as many of the music clubs in Boston as the house sound mixer. After 3 years as Production Coordinator at WGBH in the mid-80's, Jeff was hired at Monitoradio to get their Early AM & Midday news shows off the ground. He was the EIC of studios at Monitor supervising the studios and production staff prior to their exit from News broadcasting. He then remained on the production staff for the Church's multimedia department, producing and engineering both radio and TV programming for distribution. Over the last 5 plus years, Jeff has once again been involved freelancing in the New England area with his company JT Media. He worked in field operations supporting live news gathering in the field and audio for a variety of TV outlets. He has also been involved providing audio support for the many sports and corporate productions in the New England area. Jeff has worked on the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, New England Revolution and numerous College football and basketball broadcasts. Jeff is also still involved in jazz radio, hosting the Jazz Brunch on WFNX. In 2008, he will celebrate 25 years at FNX. Jeff has been Living on Earth's Technical Director since September of 2007.

James Curwood
CTO
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Chief Technology Officer James Curwood plays the tenor saxophone and bass guitar. He enjoyes learning about space, marine biology and geology and loves to surf. He lives in Portland, ME.

 

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