This is the team behind Radio Ambulante:
Daniel Alarcón’s books include War by Candlelight (2005) and Lost City Radio (2007), named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post. His most recent novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award. He is a professor of Broadcast at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York.
Carolina is a media entrepreneur. She's passionate about solving the problem of inequality of access, and democratizing the kinds of stories being told across the region. She has worked as a promoter for cultural and social projects, creating a bridge between organizations in her native Colombia, and public and private institutions in Latin America and the United States, designing and managing festivals and art exhibits, teaching workshops and planning fundraising events. Carolina is a John S. Knight Journalism fellow 2014/2015 at Stanford University, and lives in New York City.
Even though Camila has spent most of her adult life in academia, after obtaining her PhD in literature from Columbia University, she realized radio was her true passion. She has been working for years as a freelance editor and translator, and now she has joined Radio Ambulante’s team where she is closer to her real interests. Currently she lives in Bogota with her husband and daughter Carmen.
Before joining Radio Ambulante Silvia was the Latin America Regional Editor for Global Voices. She studied literature and political science and has worked as an editor and journalist. Silvia was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, from a Spanish father and a Uruguayan mother. She grew up in five Latin American countries and in Spain.
A journalist and filmmaker based in Puerto Rico, Luis has made documentaries for Hispanic Public Television in New York. His work as a short film screenwriter has been recognized by the Mexican Film Institute, the Puerto Rico Film Corporation and the Student Academy Awards. The Open Society Foundation recently gave him a Soros Justice Fellowship to produce a multimedia series about criminal justice in Puerto Rico.
He was afraid of the radio, but he let himself be taken by it. After studying journalism, he began to write in different Colombian and Latin American magazines about travel, ecology, gastronomy, culture, lifestyle, science and technology. He thought of pursuing a career in the film industry, but eventually he realized he preferred staying as a spectactor. He loves asking questions and listening to answers, so journalism has become his perfect tool to move around the world. He has been living in Bogotá for the last few years.
While serving in the Peace Corps, she had her first experience going on the air by hosting a show on the local community radio station. She gained notoriety across Senegal as the American on the radio who spoke Pulaar (badly). She caught the bug and got involved in several grassroots radio projects and teaching audio storytelling to young producers. Désirée co-founded audio storytelling collective, From Block2Block, and is currently the Program Director for WOWD-LP, a community radio station just outside of Washington, D.C.
Weirdly, Ryan got his start in radio hitchhiking across the country. He took a mic and a recorder, stuck out his thumb, and went from New York to California interviewing everyone who gave him a ride. He learned how to produce audio stories at the Transom Story Workshop. He currently lives in New York, and is pursuing a masters in journalism at NYU.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Caro feels most at home when she can dance merengue and ride her bike to a vegan restaurant all in the same day. Caro got her B.A. in Sociology from the University of British Columbia and her Masters in Journalism from Ryerson University. Her work has been featured on CBC, Pacifica Radio and KPCC. She is currently based in Toronto.
Elsa Liliana Ulloa
Graphic designer from Bogota, Colombia. Worked for many years as an assistant in an array of academic publications in the faculty of economics at Colombia’s National University. She is currently in charge of making the Spanish subtitles for Radio Ambulante’s episodes.
Melissa is passionate about issues of inequalities and elevating the Latino communities voice. In 2015, she was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistants Fellowship and spent a year teaching English at the Universidad Tecnológica de Jalisco. Previously, she worked for the LA Fund for Public Education, where she was responsible for development related activities. She has volunteered with LA-based organizations Centro Latino for Literacy and Reading to Kids. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is on the lookout for the best tacos de birria.
Spanish Language Education Coordinator
Barbara has taught languages in the United States and Colombia for over 25 years. In 2013, she began to incorporate RA’s crónicas into her teaching. Barbara knows first-hand how these stories can transform teaching and learning, and is excited to help other educators experience the same. She writes about her teaching practice on her blog, Language Lab Unleashed.
Luis Fernando Vargas Vega
Costa Rican. As a teenager he wanted to be a philosopher, yet he became a journalist. He has written about art, music, literature, and cuisine in various Costa Rican media outlets. He also studies social communication and is currently writing a thesis on anarchism. He reads to save himself, though he is not sure from what. He tries to find himself in Enrique Lihn’s poems. Fear takes over him when facing a blank page and he panics at the mere thought of driving a car. His life belong to two cats. He’s 24 years old, but many call him “Sir”: they have been very good or badly lived–the years–. He’s still undecided on that.
When he was 10 years old and heard the song “Lemon Tree," he was sure he had to dedicate his life to music. When he turned 21, he spent a year in Germany playing in different venues and recording in the same studios as his childhood heroes. Once back in Mexico, he improvised his own studio that started growing once local bands chose it to produce their albums. In 2016 he remodeled the studio and El Limonero was born, where he produces and post produces audio for bands and films.
Annie is Editorial Director of the storytelling platform Cowbird. She began her career in journalism covering breaking news, crime and immigration as a stringer for The New York Times Metro Desk and as a staff reporter at El Diario. Annie’s work in radio began with a documentary about her father’s kidnapping in Colombia commissioned and produced by Transom. Her work has since aired on NPR, WNYC, This American Life, and elsewhere.
Martina is an independent producer and podcast consultant based in Santiago, Chile. For the first five years of Radio Ambulante, Martina was the senior producer and sound designer of the program. Earlier in her career, she was a producer at NPR in Washington, D.C. and Culver City, CA, and a reporter, editor and managing editor at KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco, CA. Martina has given numerous workshops and talks on the art of narrative radio storytelling across the U.S. and Latin America and has won various awards for her work. In 2015, she received a Fulbright grant to teach narrative radio journalism in Montevideo, Uruguay and was also elected to the board of the Association for Independents in Radio (AIR).