Jay Cowit is the technical director/sound designer for Freakonomics Radio.
He hates polar bears. But he loves radio, and has for over a decade. He’s been with The Takeaway(WNYC/PRI) since 2008, starting as a board operator and quickly developing a two Red Bull-a-day habit. In 2009, Jay was named Technical Director, and switched from Red Bulls to coffee with tons of sugar and a strict no-vegetable diet. He speaks mainly in movie quotes and catchphrases. And he carries a bat. Cowit lives in Prospect Park-Lefferts Gardens with his incredible and wonderful wife Cate Contino Cowit. He also plays drums in Wounded Buffalo Theory and The Sometime Boys.
Shelley Lewis is the executive producer of Freakonomics Radio. In a career that spans more years than she herself can believe, she’s been a writer, executive producer, on air host, website co-founder, author and creator of many programs on radio and television. She began her career writing news at NBC Radio, and also worked at such fancy places as NBC television, ABC, CNN, WNET, Current TV and others too surprising to mention.
A long-time recording studio professional, the joy of creating and manipulating sound has fueled Merritt’s lifelong pursuits of guitar and audio engineering. After earning a BA in Music from the University of Arizona, he further developed high standards of excellence in audio, working at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, before landing jobs in the WNYC news room. There, working on a diverse range of broadcast features, he developed the radio editing, and mixing skills that led him to the Freakonomics Radio team. He is a fan of WNYC Radio, Freakonomics, and all things sound-related.
Prior to joining Freakonomics Radio, Greg Rosalsky studied economics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He loves bad puns, writing, and social science. In a former life, he was a researcher at the White House and involved in politics. Raised in California, he can now be found in Brooklyn grumbling about bad weather and burritos compared to home.
Stephanie Tam is a producer, researcher, and writer. She began her radio adventures as an intern at WNYC’s Radiolab, and she has also worked for First Look Media’s Maeve in America and the Centre for Effective Altruism’s Doing Good Better podcasts. Before journalism, she loved stories and social sciences through her master of studies in world literatures and master of science in social interventions at the University of Oxford as a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar. Every so often, she spouts poetry, puts on running shoes, and rambles through Central Park – all at the same time.
Christopher worked from London and across Europe as a freelance reporter for NPR,Marketplace, PRI, Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times, among others, where he primarily covered business, the European debt crisis and terrorism. He was a fellow with the International Reporting Project in India, and he worked in South Africa as a grant recipient from the Center for Investigative Reporting. In 2012, he served as the President of the Association of American Correspondents in London. He began life in public radio as an intern for WNYC’s On The Media. He holds a masters in International Affairs.