Jennifer Brandel has been experimenting with media and journalism since the early aughts. In 2011 she founded and produced the award-winning WBEZ’s Curious City series and is taking the model she pioneered there to media organizations via Hearken. The bulk of her reporting experience has been for public media, having reported pieces for WBEZ, NPR, APM, PRI, and playing with fiction on the CBC’s WireTap and Radiotopia’s Love + Radio. Prior to radio, Jennifer started a women’s workout happening called Dance Dance Party Party, managed the 2010 Third Coast International Audio Festival Conference, and worked a variety of odd jobs like psychometric test developer in Montreal, grape picker in Tasmania, ghostwriter for an exotic dancer and the late John Hughes. Her multimedia work has been published in The New York Times and Vice. She is on the advisory board of the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
Brandel lives out of a suitcase, but when a dresser is available she prefers it to be in Chicago. Her life collaborator is Aaron Wickenden.