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.
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.
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.
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 reads to save himself, though he is not sure from what. His life belong to two cats, Quentin and Pelusa. He’s 20-odd 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.
At 13 years old, Andrea’s mom gave her a small radio, in an attempt to cure her insomnia. Instead, Andrea discovered a 3-hour long show that played old time radio from the 40s and 50s. She never slept again. This love of storytelling led Andrea to study at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts to learn directing and producing. Post film school, she bounced from one film production to another, helped distribute and promote Latin American films at Cinema tropical, drank lots of coffee, and finally landed at Radio Ambulante after listening to many episodes one too many times.
Maytik Avirama was born in Colombia and grew up in different regions of the country--the Andean mountains, the Amazon forest and the capital city. She studied Human Ecology in Maine, USA and is currently living in Colombia. She is interested in researching sound in its multiple expressions: soundscapes, acoustic ecology, sound art and podcasts. She is committed to the belief in storytelling as a way to transmit cultural knowledge. In radio, she found a fascinating medium that creates community and strengthens bonds across diverse realities.
Jorge is a journalist and editor. He has just completed a master's degree in Media Innovation at Northeastern University thanks to a Fulbright scholarship. He is in charge of maintaining an active (and fun) conversation with the community of Radio Ambulante on social networks and designing strategies to make this relationship more collaborative. During the few moments when he is not in front of a screen, he likes to bike, do yoga, share music by Felisa (his partner) and read books on paper, that rare and mysterious format.
Martina is Founder and CEO of Adonde Media, a bilingual podcast production company. After co-founding Radio Ambulante, she was senior producer and sound designer at RA for five years. Previously, she was managing editor at KALW and a producer at NPR.