The Washington Post announced a slew of new podcast hires yesterday, and they’re all going to work on the news organization’s upcoming daily news podcast, Post Reports. I guess you can call it an arms race?
The new hires are, in alphabetical order: Matt Collette, formerly of WNYC Studio’s Nancy, who joins as senior producer; Alexis Diao, formerly of NPR, who joins as producer; Reena Flores, coming from Politico, who joins as associate producer; Maggie Penman, most recently a reporter at WGBH News, who joins as a producer; and Jordan-Marie Smith, coming in from McClatchy’s Washington bureau, who joins as associate producer. Complete bios can be found on the announcement page, and do note the trend: the five pick-ups have all touched public radio at some point in their careers.
The Five join a production that will be hosted by Martine Powers, and executive produced by former NPR News executive editor Madhulika Sikka. They’ve already hired Linah Mohammad as assistant producer, who also comes from NPR. Looks like the organization is going have another go at Washington Post Radio, the failed attempt at creating an “NPR on caffeine”, after all.
And if you need a yard-stick: the last time I checked — which was around September, maybe? — The Daily has around twelve producers on staff, with two or three working typically working on one episode at the same time. This stuff ain’t easy, and this stuff ain’t cheap.