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.
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In addition to writing and designing sound effects for Live Wire, Jason also works for a coterie in the eastern territories carving semi-authentic Native American canoes from traditional Birch bark and less traditional cardboard. For a three-month period in the late 90's he thought he might be clairvoyant. Jason co-founded the sketch comedy troupe Sweat and co-wrote and co-starred in the stage adaptation of Weekend at Bernie's, which everyone thought was terrific. He's appeared in music videos, commercials and TV shows and on stages around Portland. Most people really like him. He's on Twitter @Jason_Rouse.
Robyn hung up her acting career at the age of 12 after she brought down the house with her role as Fruma Sara’s understudy in Fiddler on the Roof. As a grownup she moved behind the scenes, working backstage for Bill Graham Presents on big festivals and ticketing for groups ranging from The Rolling Stones to HH Dalai Lama. Longing for the riches of Public Radio, she became the producer of West Coast Live, a national weekly live radio show. After four years, she lost all concept of reality, fell in love, got swept away to Portland, and gave birth to a boy, a girl and a radio variety show.
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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
Jonathan Newsome grew up on a farm in North Carolina where he spent his evenings playing bluegrass and gospel music with his family. He moved to Portland in the early 2000's with his art-rock band, and with the exception of a few years-long breaks he has been tangentially involved in the city's music and theater scenes ever since. He spends his days as a television and radio engineer at KOPB; he fills his free time with home improvement projects, rearranging his electronic music studio, and exploring various urban waterways in a beat-up canoe with his undeniably above-average and adorable daughter. He overuses semicolons; he is vaguely aware of this but still thinks they make him look smart.
Laura Hadden spent three years producing media for The Moth in New York City, including the Peabody Award-winning radio show, but is thrilled to be back in her beloved Pacific Northwest. As a filmmaker, her work has been featured at Frameline Film Festival and Hot Docs as well as on The Documentary Channel and BBC News. Her ongoing creative projects include co-producing Wage/Working (a jukebox-based oral history project about workers and income inequality) and co-hosting United Noshes (a one-meal-per-country dinner party series) with her husband Jesse. She has taught storytelling and media production through the Center for Digital Storytelling as well as at Hunter College, where she is currently pursuing an MFA. 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.
Lauren Masterson is the go-to woman for keeping things up and running in the Live Wire offices. After earning a degree in economics from Northwestern University, she crunched numbers in the corporate world before quickly lapsing into a quarter-life crisis (are those even real?!) and moving west out of snowy Minneapolis. These days, when Lauren isn’t holding down the fort at Live Wire, you can find her in the darkroom at Newspace Center for Photography, attempting to pet her hedgehog Morrie, or pretending to be out for a run. Her work is online at laurenhmasterson.com. Email Lauren here.
Laura and her fairly active blowhole came to Live Wire by way of the 17th century American whaling industry. She entered the belly of the beast at Steeplechase Films, Ric Burns documentary production outfit where she worked on the film, Into the Deep: America, Whaling, and the World. Three years later, she moved to New Zealand, where she found herself amidst breathtaking scenery, producing really awful deodorant commercials. When homesickness got the best of her, she turned that ship around and found herself bicycling up and down the western seaboard in search of the most New Zealand-like place in America she could find. And there you have it. Go-to karaoke jam: Michael Jackson, “Will You Be There.” Email Laura here.
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- April Baer: Journalist, Oregon Public Broadcasting
- Molly Cliff Hilts: Founder, Brooklyn/PDX Project, visual artist
- Chris Coleman: Artistic Director, Portland Center Stage
- Andrea Durbin: Exec. Director, Oregon Environmental Council
- Tim DuRoche: Director of Programs, World Affairs Council of Oregon
- Kathleen Holt: Marketing Director, Oregon Humanities Council
- Greg Netzer: Managing Director, Corporate Responsibility, AHA!
- George Thorn: Director, Arts Action Research
- Brian Wannamaker: Developer, CEO, Falcon Art Community
- Jeff Wright: Founding member, Live Wire BoD, Development Officer, Reed College
- Peter Platt: Founder, Andina Restaurant