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Catherine Stifter

Senior Producer, The View From Here

Catherine Stifter is Senior Producer at Capital Public Radio. She directs the station's award winning documentary series, The View From Here. For 37 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. She helped bring NPR's Next Generation Radio Training Project to CapRadio. 2017 will be its third year training promising journalism students from around the Central Valley.

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, (with CapRadio's jesikah maria ross) 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.