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About Joellen Easton

joellen_easton.jpgJoellen (Jo) Easton is Marketplace’s public insight analyst who focuses on daily reporting and its Sustainability and Entrepreneurship desks. She also produces the Greenwash Brigade blog, develops public insight-gathering news games like Consumer Consequences and Budget Hero, works with IT on Public Insight Journalism technology, and trains analysts and news managers in PIJ partner newsrooms around the country.

Jo came to Los Angeles from Boston, where she had worked in public radio since 1998, most recently as an associate producer at PRI’s Global Resources Desk at The World and previously at WGBH Radio’s Culture Desk and PRI’s Sound & Spirit. She came to American Public Media in 2005 shortly after completing her master’s in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, where she wrote her thesis on “High-Interactivity Radio: Using the Internet to Enhance Community Among Radio Listeners.”

With a B.A. in anthropology from Tufts University, Jo has studied classical trumpet at New England Conservatory, West African drumming at the University of Ghana, and audio art in the woods of Quebec.