The People Behind This I Believe

Executive ProducerExecutive Producer Dan Gediman. Credit: Nubar Alexanian
Dan Gediman is a long-time public radio producer whose work has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Marketplace, Soundprint, Jazz Profiles, and This American Life—for whom he produced a profile of his brother, a Tom Jones impersonator, that has quickly become a public radio classic. During his 25-year radio career, Dan has won many of public broadcasting’s most prestigious awards for programs such as Breaking the Cycle: How Do We Stop Child Abuse and I Just Am Who We Are: A Portrait of Multiple Personality Disorder. He also worked with legendary radio playwright Norman Corwin to produce 13 by Corwin and 50 Years After 14 August, which won the duPont-Columbia Award. Gediman’s additional awards include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Gold and Silver Awards and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters’ Silver Reel Award.

John Gregory has worked in public radio for more than 20 years in programming, production, and marketing. His documentaries have explored environmental and agricultural issues, history, rural healthcare, workplace violence, and domestic abuse. His documentaries have been honored with the George Foster Peabody Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and by Society of Professional Journalists and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Outreach Director
Mary Jo Gediman has worked in professional communications for more than 20 years as a writer, editor, and project manager. Since joining This I Believe in 2006, she has worked collaboratively to extend the reach of the project into secondary schools, colleges/universities, library systems, public radio stations, newspapers, and local communities nationwide. Mary Jo is an editor of the award-winning This I Believe website and four published collections of essays.

Production Staff for This I Believe on NPR (2005–2009)

Curator and Producer
Jay Allison is well-known to NPR listeners as the host and co-producer of the All Things Considered and Morning Edition series Lost & Found Sound, Hidden Kitchens, and the post-9/11 Sonic Memorial Project, all created with his friends The Kitchen Sisters. As an independent journalist and documentary maker, Allison has won most of the major broadcasting awards, including five Peabodys. With his non-profit organization Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Mass., he is founder of the Cape and Islands public radio stations and two acclaimed websites encouraging citizen involvement in public broadcasting, Transom and the Public Radio Exchange.

Senior Editor
Viki Merrick was a radio producer and production coordinator for ABC News in Rome, Italy, and location/production manager for film documentaries. Since the founding of Atlantic Public Media in 1995, she has been producing essays and features for national broadcast on NPR and for the Cape and Island public radio stations, WCAI/WNAN. Viki is an editor on the Peabody award-winning website,, and a collaborator on the two Peabody Award-winning series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project.

Additional editing and production support has come from independent producer Emily Botein, and NPR’s Ellen Silva.

Essay Reviewers
Essay submissions were reviewed by the team from Atlantic Public Media, including Jay Allison and Viki Merrick with Samantha Broun, Posey Gruener, Sydney Lewis, Chesea Merz, Melissa Robbins, Helen Woodward, and Sarah Yahm. They are based at WCAI/WNAN in Woods Hole, Mass.

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