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Luke Burbank


Luke Burbank grew up one of seven kids, learning early on how to vie for attention. Those profound childhood issues have propelled him to various media projects including This American Life, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, CBS Sunday Morning, and the daily podcast Too Beautiful To Live. He lives in Seattle with his wife Carey and daughter Addie. Luke is thrilled to be hosting Live Wire and keeps telling himself you're chanting Luuuuuuuuuke and not saying Booooooooo because you're not doing that right? Wait, seriously, you were booing? At a public radio show? This would never happen to Ira Glass. He's on Twitter @lukeburbank.

Elena Passarello


Elena Passarello grew up in Snellville, a smallish town in Georgia with the motto "Where Everybody's Somebody." Even after moving several thousand miles from Snellville's city limits, she thinks this motto still applies. A professor of Creative Writing at Oregon State University, Elena is the author of two books, one about humankind's most amazing voices called Let Me Clear My Throat and one about famous critters called Animals Strike Curious Poses. Her dream in life is to one day jump out of a cake.

Heather de Michele

Executive Director

Heather de Michele is thrilled to be joining the Live Wire team after ten years as the Managing Director of The Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles. Heather has been directing and producing theatre in NYC and LA for over 20 years and directed her first feature film in 2016, As Good As You, which premiered at the Portland Film Festival. She is the proud momma of two amazing girls and loves watching them get dirty and eat raspberries off the vine in their new backyard. You can email Heather here.

Laura Hadden

Executive Producer

Laura Hadden​ spent three years producing media for The Moth in New York City before returning to her beloved Pacific Northwest in 2014. Her ongoing creative projects include co-­producing Wage/Working (a jukebox­-based oral history project ), co-­hosting United Noshes (a one­-meal­-per­-country dinner party series), and keeping her baby daughter entertained. When she was a kid, she wanted to be a country singer and/or dog. She now spends her free time hanging out with her dogs, Emmylou & Reba, which is close enough. Email Laura here.

Tim Harkins

Production Director

Tim Harkins was raised on cheese, brats, and ice hockey in Wisconsin. Professionally speaking, he grew up in Chicago as the Concert Production Manager for the Old Town School of Folk Music and went on to produce a year-round conversation series, a Children’s Theater Festival, and a multidisciplinary festival of arts and ideas for Chicago Humanities. Over the past 12 years, he's also worked in production and operations for a range of festivals including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, and Bumbershoot. His career is somewhat of a variety show in itself, so he’s right at home at Live Wire. Email him here.

Melanie Sevcenko

Producer & Editor

Melanie Sevcenko moved to Portland by way of Berlin, Germany, where she lived for seven years and turned her film career into a journalistic one. Her print, online, and radio stories have appeared in The Guardian and on Marketplace, NPR, BBC, CBC, and others. She’s also an Irish & Canadian citizen, a distant relative of Ukrainian author Taras Shevchenko, and a published poet. She is quite proud of her chapbook’s title (“We Slept in Body Bags, Just in Case”). You can see Melanie’s work at

Amy McCormick

Interim Development Director

Amy McCormick has spent her 13 plus fundraising career at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and in the land trust world and is currently operating her own fundraising and communications business, McCormick & Co Consulting. Amy holds a Masters in Corporate and Organizational Communications from West Virginia University (WVU), is a native West Virginian, and serves on the Board of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC). She lives in Portland, Oregon and is smitten by the Pacific Northwest, especially the Oregon coast. When she's not working or on the Coast, Amy can be found hiking or camping in the East Cascade Mountains or eating and urban hiking her way through Portland's amazing food scene with her partner and their beloved Shiba Inu, Moxxi. You can email Amy here

Ariana Donaville

Marketing Associate

Ariana Donaville is a Bay Area native and current master's candidate within the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication's Strategic Communications program. Her background has mainly been in public relations, as she has worked with many popular tech brands along with government and healthcare organizations. When she's not at Live Wire Radio, you can find Ariana baking delicious treats, obsessively listening to her favorite podcasts, cheering on her fellow ducks (#GoDucks), as well as caring for her darling fur baby, Kenzo. Email Ariana here

Caitlin Kunkel


Caitlin Kunkel is a writer, satirist, and highly acclaimed pizza scientist. Her work has been featured places like The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and McSweeney's, and she's a co-founder of the Satire and Humor Festival. In 2018 she co-wrote the gift book, "New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay." She created the online satire program for The Second City and teaches and gives talks all around. You can follow her at the very professionally named @Kunkeltron.

Molly Pettit

Technical Director

Molly transplanted herself from the Bay Area in 2008 and has since grown roots in the Portland soil. She is a proud member of the 4% ( women working in audio ): live sound engineer, teacher, tech director and partner at AudioZenPDX. She is most happy off the grid, on a trail, in the summertime. Pro: bike, choice, gressive. Anti: hate, ignorance, broccoli. Long live Live Wire!

A Walker Spring


Plays: drums and sings  Bands: Sallie Ford, Bitch'n, Point Juncture, WA  Writes: songs, musicals, to-do lists Enjoys: sci-fi, comedy, personhood  Philosophies: abolitionist veganism  Pet peeves: split ends, mortality 

Ethan Fox Tucker

House Band

Ethan Fox Tucker is from Portland and grew up on '70s funk and '60s folk.  He attended the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies and earned a degree in "Studio Art, Creative Writing, and Songwriting."  He has worked as a session musician and loves to be in the studio crafting and recording.  His current projects include Fox Tucker, Siren and the Sea, Saroon, and Mean Sun.

Sam Tucker

House Band

Samuel Tucker grew up Portland, OR, and spent much of his adolescence rocking out with his older brother Ethan in their parent’s basement. No Thin Lizzy song would be left un-strummed. Sam graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Product Design and has been working on various design-build projects around Portland since returning home. Sam also loves playing park ball in the summer, Euchre (or any other tricksy card games), and a good sandwich.

The Board

Tobey Fitch | CEO, Fitch Associates
Arvid Hokanson | Director of Audience, KUOW
Shona Koester | Chief Strategy Officer, PRX
Adam Lane | CFO, Prosper Portland
Tami McLaughlin | Partner, Saint Monday
Christine Selk | Communication and Public Affairs Manager, C-TRAN
Cory Zanin | Chief Finance Officer, PRX

Resource Council

Dianne Alves | Owner, Fresh Take Consulting
Molly Cliff Hilts | Founder, Brooklyn/PDX Project, visual artist
Kohel Haver | Partner, Swider | Haver
Laura Hardin | Label Manager, Infinite Companion
Maran Sheils | Former Board Member