Audrey Dilling

Reporter/Producer/Editor

Audrey Dilling is an editor and reporter for KALW's evening news and culture magazine, Crosscurrents. Her primary beat is California's water crisis. She is also a mentor in KALW's "Audio Academy."

From 2011-2013, she produced KALW's community storytelling project, Hear Here, which began as part of the Association of Independents in Radio's national "Localore" initiative, designed to bring journalistic and technical ingenuity to extending public media service to more Americans. Part radio project, part community engagement effort, and part live event series, Hear Here stories  gave Bay Area residents a chance to make their voices heard – on public airwaves, online, and on stage. 

Dilling studied audio documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College.

Ways to Connect

The Hear Here pop-up booth is almost here! Watch our designer as he negotiates the painting (and spelling) of the giant letters.

Watch Zakary Zide, designer with Oakland firm Minsters of the Environment, constructing a part of Hear Here's mobile story structure. 

Starting in July, the Hear Here producers are taking it to the streets! ...and parks, and plazas, and other public places in San Francisco and Oakland. And they're taking their mobile pop-up booth with them!

Pop-up what?

Photo by Mariel Waloff

Back in April, Hear Here set up for its first public interviews in the community room of the Golden Gate Branch of the Oakland Public Library. Underneath the stomping feet of children's story hour going on in the library above, local residents shared their own stories with Hear Here producers on the theme of Work. Since that first recording date, Hear Here has revisited the Golden Gate library to hear more stories – and has popped up in the San Francisco library system at the Main and Ortega branches. The project also moved on to the theme of Eat.

Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio project is KALW’s brand new storytelling adventure in Oakland and San Francisco. Our Hear Here producers are popping up all over those cities to hear your stories and put them on the air. They recently sprung up in the Golden Gate branch of the Oakland library to talk to local residents about work. They met a young man trying to get his start as a hip-hop performer.

Photo courtesy of bernalcutlery.com

Every knife has a story – and if it’s passed through the Bernal Cutlery, Josh Donald can probably tell it to you. He owns the knife shop, which shares a building with four other businesses on Cortland Avenue in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. On a recent visit to the cutlery, Donald showed off some of his wares.

“This was Julia Child's favorite [type of] knife,” he says about one knife. It’s a sleek steel blade with a smooth black handle. The handle is called a Nogent, he says, while reaching back into his case of vintage knives.

Courtesy of C.E. Meyer, U.S. Geological Survey / www.usgs.org

In 2011, the world witnessed the devastating effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In 2010, Haiti and Chile experienced their own destructive earthquakes. Last October, two earthquakes struck the Bay Area on the 22nd anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

In April and May, Hear Hear: A Pop-Up Radio Project will be popping up in Oakland and San Francisco public libraries to record memories, tales, and favorite personal stories of local residents. Bring a loved one, come in a group, or come by yourself – your stories will live online, and could even air on 91.7FM!

Where to find Hear Here

April 17, 3 - 7pm

Oakland Public Library – Golden Gate Branch, Community Meeting Room

Over the next 12 months, KALW 91.7FM Local Public Radio will be asking the residents of San Francisco and Oakland to tell stories of how they Work, Eat, Love, Play, Worship, and Create. We want you to share what’s important in your life – your projects, your relationships, your passions – to help us put the “public” back in “public media.” Together, we’ll illuminate life in these two cities, just miles apart, and draw out the common threads that tie us together. And we’ll share what we’ve learned on air, online, on stage, and in public.

How does it work?

Your Legal Rights

Apr 4, 2012

Criminal law surprises--special guest is criminal law specialist Stanley Friedman.

For months, KALW has been collecting the stories of significant songs. We've asked everyone we've interviewed to tell us why a particular song is meaningful to them. Now we're mixing them up and sharing them with you! 

Keep an ear out for these "My Mix Tape" pieces every Monday. They'll be playing throughout the day. You can hear the ones we've aired so far right here.

The KALW news team and guests took the stage at the Polish Club SF on December 3rd for an evening of multimedia storytelling as part of the Mission Arts and Performance Project (MAPP). The theme of the night was “Beginnings and Endings.” Performers included Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington, John Reichmuth of the comedy troupe Kasper Hauser, StoryCorps, and New York Times and Pop-Up Magazine contributor Jon Mooallem. KALW’s own reporters told ghost stories, love stories and stories about the end of the world.

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