THERE'S AN EXPERT BEHIND EVERY STORY.
Experts shape our world. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. In every big story, you’ll find one; you’ll find a researcher, scientist, engineer, planner, policy wonk, data nerd, bureaucrat, regulator, intellectual, or pseudointellectual. Their ideas are often opaque, unrecognized, and difficult to understand. Some of them like it that way. On Cited, we reveal their hidden stories.
EXEC. PRODUCER, HOST & EDITOR
Gordon Katic is an award-winning radio producer and journalist with a background in health, science, and climate reporting. Along with Sam Fenn, he co-created Cited. Gordon now hosts the show and has a hand in editing every episode. When he’s not making radio, he’s working on a PhD at the University of Toronto focussed on science communication. Previously, he earned an Masters in Journalism from the University of British Columbia.
EXEC. PRODUCER, HOST & EDITOR
Sam Fenn is a documentary radio producer, journalist, and musician from Vancouver, Canada. He is the host and co-creator of Cited and the senior producer of Crackdown. Sam’s work has won international awards from the Sidney Hillman Foundation, Third Coast, and the Jack Webster Foundation. He has a MA in history from the University of British Columbia.
Acey Rowe is documentary radio editor and producer with a small pile of broadcasting awards to her name. A classic narrative journalist, her work explores big ideas through human stories. Her down time is spent working on a Masters in Art History and Curatorial Studies at York University, listening to the best of Canadian music as a Polaris Music Prize juror, and laughing at her own jokes.
Cited Media’s production manager since 2019, David previously held management roles in media, education, and tech. Born and raised in Montreal, he holds a BA and MA from the University of Toronto and is fluent in English, French and Mandarin. Other than writing auto-biographical blurbs, he enjoys writing comedy, poorly planned travel, cooking, and long meandering hikes.
Polly Leger has won awards for breaking news, climate reporting, and and her podcast work. Before switching to creating narrative audio, she spent nearly a decade working in daily news for CBC Radio shows across the country. She’s based in Vancouver, where she spends her time petting every dog she sees, playing with sound, and turning her front yard into a vegetable garden.
Alexander B. Kim is a documentarian, radio producer, photographer, and journalist based in Vancouver. He is a producer of the podcasts Cited and Crackdown. He has reported on Afghan asylum-seekers in Turkey, the overdose crisis in Vancouver, and food security in the Canadian Arctic. His work has been recognized by accolades from the Sidney Hillman Foundation, the Third Coast Audio Festival, the New York Festivals Radio Awards, the Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and the Jack Webster Foundation. Alexander is an anarchocommunist and proud J-School drop-out.
Before moving to Toronto in 2019 Jay worked for the BBC in London where he was a studio director on flagship global radio news shows. He’s also worked as a producer on BBC Radio 1 and a classical music sound engineer. Jay’s from the UK’s Lake District so he likes to wander off up big hills, but he also likes sci-fi and telling people he is writing a book. More than actually writing the book.
Franklynn Bartol joined the Cited team in July 2019 and is currently pursuing their MA/PhD in sociology at the University of Toronto. They hold an MSc in neuroscience and psychology from UCL and Yale. Between degrees, Franklynn worked as a program manager, researcher, and support worker in community mental health organizations.
Adam Zendel is a Phd Candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. He is currently finishing a dissertation on life in the live music industry. In another life Adam was an aspiring live sound technician who worked with Grammy and Juno winning artists, and helped produce a number of music festivals in Western Canada.
Mike Barber is an experimental composer/artist based in toronto, canada. for over 20 years he has been recording and performing both as a solo artist and as a collaborator in experimental and avant-garde formations in Toronto, Montréal, Philadelphia, and New York City. He has also composed and performed musical scores to a number of independent documentaries and short films.
Dakota is a Canadian Communication & Graphic Designer currently based in Nuremberg, Germany. Dakota is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design and co-founded the Vancouver design studio Siblings Creative.
Our work has been featured in 99% Invisible, Life of the Law, CBC’s The Doc Project, Podcast Playlist, and Ideas, as well as over 100 campus and community radio stations across North America. Additionally, we have partnered with print and online outlets, including the Tyee and the Georgia Straight, to produce longform text articles.
Further, we are critically acclaimed and highly-regarded. In 2018, we were featured at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival as one of “Canada’s Podcast All Stars.” We have also won numerous national radio awards in Canada for campus and community radio programming, been a finalist for awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists, and won a Jack Webster Award–BC’s top journalism prize.
FUNDING & EDITORIAL
Our project is a unique collaboration with journalists and academics. Each episode features a faculty member who acts as a research advisor, as well as a graduate student who provides research support.
In partnership with our academic partners, we write grants to support our journalism. However, once funded, we are independent of the granting body and they have no editorial control of our stories.
Funding comes from a variety of university and public research grants. These grants all support efforts to mobilize stories about research and academia to the public sphere. This season, we are primarily supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
We also recieve in-kind support of office and studio space at the University of British Columbia’s Michael Smith Laboratories and the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics, and we are particularly thankful to Dave Ng and Markus Dubber for providing that space.
Our podcast is made in two locations: Toronto, Ontario, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Toronto is on the traditional land of Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Vancouver is on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.