JoAnn Mar

Board Op/Announcer; Producer and Co-Host, Folk Music & Beyond

JoAnn Mar is a veteran radio announcer, producer and host of Folk Music & Beyond, heard every Saturday from 3 to 5 pm.  In her spare time, she is a radio documentary producer/journalist. Her news reports and features have aired on NPR, Voice of America, The Charles Osgood File, Pacifica Radio and AARP's series Prime Time Radio. Topics covered include prisons, end-of-life, women's issues, the plight of immigrants and public education.

In 2006, Mar received the prestigious George Polk award for investigative reporting on prison privatization.  More recently, she was the recipient of a 2007 media fellowship from the Open Society Institute and produced the in-depth, award-winning documentary "Prisons In Crisis: A State Of Emergency In California."

Ways To Connect

Art songs, chansons, jazz, and sung poetry.  Music by Jacques Brel and Gabriel Yacoub from France, Robb Johnson from England, Melanie O'Reilly from Ireland, and others.

Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music PlayerFolk Music & Beyond's special guest is John Cruz, award-winning singer-songwriter from Hawaii.  John is a guitarist, story-teller, and teacher and serves as cultural ambassador for Hawaii.  He was chosen to play at President Obama's inauguration.  John will perform a few songs and tell lots of stories.  We'll hear songs from his recent recordings "Acoustic Soul" and "One Of These Days." 

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