Who is Joanne Griffith?
A global citizen. A digital strategist. A builder of teams. A creative who loves to help others succeed.
But if you ask anyone who knows her, they'll say "she LOVES audio."
For more than twenty years Joanne's crafted stories across platforms — yes, writing is also much loved — for the BBC, NPR, Southern California Public Radio and American Public Media's "Marketplace."
Storytelling has taken her around the world; from Malawi and the innovative ways women are tackling food insecurity to Puerto Rico and the island's economic recovery after Hurricane Maria. She believes there's a story in almost everything; you just have to find the right people and the right platform to share it.
Aside from reporting, Joanne is an accomplished editor and executive producer, who's led diverse teams and individuals through the creation of reporting beats, building new programs from scratch and show redesigns.
At the heart of everything is diversity and the building of trust with the audience. As one of the BBC's first diversity change agents, Joanne created initiatives to expand the reporting and production pool, developed training programs to help staff understand the value of diversity and experimented with online resources that reflect multicultural London.
And the work continues. As an editor at Southern California Public Radio, Joanne introduced audience engagement events to better understand listeners. This led to an award-winning live program marking the 50th anniversary of the Watts Rebellion, the first time the show "Take Two" had broadcast live on location.
Currently, Joanne is the assistant managing editor of digital at Marketplace, where she leads a team of reporters, digital producers and interns to produce content to help people better understand the economy.