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Catherine Stifter

Senior Editor For Innovation

Catherine Stifter is Senior Editor for Innovation at Capital Public Radio. She produces the station's award winning documentary series, The View From Here. For 35 years, she has worked in a wide variety of station-based, network and independent jobs in public media. Catherine shares Peabody Awards for her editorial work on Crossing East, the first public radio series on Asian American history, produced by Dmae Roberts and The DNA Files, a documentary series exploring the science of genetics and its ethical, social and legal implications, produced by SoundVision Productions. Several times each year, she is a mentor for NPR's Next Generation Radio Training Project.

For 14 years, she was co-director of media for two national projects that supported collaborative partnerships between public media makers, educational institutions and non-profit organizations to cover health care issues in local communities with underserved and vulnerable populations. New Routes to Community Health and Sound Partners for Community Health produced hundreds of hours of radio, TV and Web-based content in English, Spanish and many other languages.  Both projects were funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In between these projects, Catherine independently co-directed Saving The Sierra, a regional media project documenting community efforts to conserve the environment, culture, and economy of the Sierra Nevada. The broadcast documentary was heard on more than 200 radio stations. The website was voted Best Arts and Cultural Site in Northern California.

From 1990-1997, Catherine was producer-trainer for National Public Radio's Diversity Initiative and On-Site Training Programs. In 1993, Catherine traveled to South Africa with NPR senior correspondent Brenda Wilson and Ira Glass, host of This American Life, to present some of the first integrated, hands-on journalism workshops at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She has been a regular contributor to NPR news magazines and documentary series.