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Laura E. Harbert

Laura Harbert
Adjunct Podcasting Instructor

Laura Harbert has nearly 20 years of experience as an audio storyteller, public media/non-profit leader, and podcast/broadcast producer and creator. 

Her audio and written work has been heard/seen on Freakonomics Radio, Us & Them, CNN’s Great Big Story Podcast, Inside Appalachia, and Scalawag, among others. Her short audio documentary on the Elk River Chemical Spill of 2014 was distributed on the podcast Making Contact, which is also broadcast to more than 160 radio stations in the United States.

While audio storytelling is her primary creative passion, Laura also has extensive print and web writing experience. As a non-profit communications director, she has managed social media channels and worked in graphic design.She has also worked as a strategic communicator and consultant, guiding organizations to utilize media strategies that connect daily work with vision and mission. 

Laura studied audio documentary at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) in Durham, NC, and has served on the teaching staff at CDS for audio artist retreats. 

In addition to her professional media practice, Laura is an active scholar and a Ph.D. candidate in the Scripps College of Communication. Her interests include mixed methods research as well as gender race and class in the media.