About Us

AIR is a broad and growing network of nearly 1000 media makers, journalists, producers, technologists, and sound artists who represent an important and vital driving force in the media-technology revolution underway.

This unique constituency is made up of those gifted in story making across broadcast and digital media platforms—those with high fluency in the production values and service ideals of public media. They are deployable as trainers, producers, and agents of community engagement—taproots into hyperlocal regions coast to coast across the U.S. and in 25 countries around the world.

Through its demonstration initiatives, MQ2 (2008–2009) and Localore (2011–2013), AIR is pioneering new, producer-driven paths to a new and transformed 21st-century public media.  

What's New?

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Curious to learn more? Visit the Localore site, check out the latest coverage and announcements, read the Q&A on the project's launch with Executive Director Sue Schardt in Current, catch up on recent developments in our blog, or watch the videos below:

 

This is Localore travels across the country in spring 2013 for a half-hour look at how the Localore producers transformed public media:

 

Localore: The Story So Far provides a snapshot of the initiative at its midway point in 2012

  

AIR People

Sue SchardtSue Schardt
AIR Executive Director and Localore Executive Producer 

AIR’s Executive Director Sue Schardt is an award-winning producer and independent strategist who assumed leadership of AIR’s network of nearly 1000 producers in 2007. She presents frequently on media-technology. Recent engagements include the Features Conference “Think Tank” in Leipzig, Germany, the FCC’s Washington, DC workshop on The Future of Media in the Digital Age, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s Co-Creative Communities: Forum and Lab in Melbourne. In October 2012, Schardt presented Artist, Maker, Changer at the 177th National Endowment for the Art’s National Council on the Arts meeting with Action Architect Elizabeth Streb and Economist David Wasserman from the US Department of Commerce.  She presents on “Full Spectrum Journalism” at the 2013 Power of Narrative Conference in Boston. Schardt also serves as a Director on the Distribution and Interconnection Committee of the NPR board, sits on the advisory board of Native Voice One and is an Artistic Advisor to NPR’s From the Top. She is a long-time music DJ on MIT’s free-form radio station WMBR in Cambridge, MA.

Bec Feldhaus AdamsRebecca (Bec) Feldhaus Adams
Talent Manager

As the Talent Manager, Rebecca (you can call her Bec) is responsible for engaging with AIR's diverse membership. Prior to coming to AIR, Bec was the coordinator of regional outreach at Murray State University, where she connected iwth school superintendents to strengthen relationships between districts and the university. At MSU, she completed a master's degree while also producing independent audio pieces with her colleague Shelly Baskin under the banner of baskhaus radio group. Bec got her start in radio at WKMS, spent some time in print at The Paducah Sun, and her byline has been spotted in local and national magazines from time to time. An audio superfan, Bec is a fierce lover and promoter of Kentucky, her home state.

Betsy O'Donovan
Social/Media strategist

Betsy is a little obsessed with digital media, the future of journalism, and really good sentences. As a 2013 fellow at Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism, she studied the values propositions that led to the collapse of the newspaper industry's business model. As a master's degree candidate at Trinity College Dublin, she examined digital disruption and innovation in the book publishing industry. She's an alumna of print newsrooms in Alabama, Idaho, Nebraska and North Carolina and of ESPN's outdoors television programming division, works as a volunteer mentor-editor with The Op-Ed Project, and is a founding member of WIN (Women in News). She studied English at Wake Forest University, which is sometimes useful in her professional life, and concentrated on medieval literature, which is sometimes useful in making strangers walk away at parties. 

Noland WalkerNoland Walker
Executive Editor, Localore

Noland Walker is the Peabody Award-winning producer/director of “Revolution,” an episode of PBS’ Africans in America series (1998). He is also an Emmy winner for his work as a producer/director on the television documentary A Day in the Life of Jeremiah Burke High School (2001). He wrote and co-produced the Emmy-nominated documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006) and his film Citizen King (co-writer, co-director) won critical acclaim around the nation as well as internationally. He produced and co-wrote the documentary feature Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008) and teaches writing at Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia.

 

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