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Anayansi Diaz-Cortes is an award-winning independent producer for public radio in the U.S. Last year — as part of AIR’s Localore initiative — she moved from New York to Los Angeles to work with KCRW to create the documentary and transmedia series, Sonic Trace. @SonicTrace_KCRW


Eric Pearse Chavez


Eric Pearse Chávez is an independent radio producer, and co-creator of the Localore project, Sonic Trace. His work has aired on PRI’s The World, NPR’s All Things Considered, KCRW’s To The Point and Unfictional. @SonicTrace_KCRW




Brian De Los Santos is Sonic Trace’s Community Producer. His work has appeared on,, and 301 Moved Permanently Borderzine, a border and immigration reporting project. You can catch him on the streets of L.A. with La Burbuja or on Twitter: @bdelossantos1


Sue Schardt is Localore’s Executive Producer and

301 Moved Permanently

the Executive director of AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio. Schardt is a respected radio veteran and
award-winning producer whose path has taken her through public, commercial, community, and international media. Schardt assumed leadership of AIR’s network of nearly 1000 producers in 2007.





Noland Walker is Localore’s Executive Editor and an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer and director. Walker wrote and co-produced the Emmy-nominated documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006), and his film Citizen King (co-writer, co-director) won critical acclaim.


Carmen Vidal Balanzat


Carmen Vidal directs and produces all Sonic Trace video content. Her work has been shown in international festivals and she’s the recipient of a Student Academy Award. She’s currently a producer/editor for the NY Emmy award-winning TV show “Nueva York” (CUNY TV). @carmenvidalny




Gary Scott worked for 12 years as a print journalist, focusing on politics and government. Before becoming KCRW’s News Director, he was the supervising producer of Which Way, LA? and To The Point. @garyrobertscott





Jessica Clark is AIR’s Media Strategist and an internationally recognized researcher and journalist focused on media, technology, and what drives change. See her work at Twitter: @airmedia.





Hugo Martinez & Christin To are the brains behind the Sonic Trace’s portable sound booth, La Burbuja. They are both immigrants and Architectural Designer and builders and co-founders of MAT-TER Design + Build Studio. They put together a team of 15 people to build a space where immigrants could feel that their stories matter. (Eternally grateful.)


Sonic Trace is a co-production of independent radio producer Anayansi Diaz-Cortes and KCRW. It was created as part of AIR’s national Localore production, with primary support from CPB. Sonic Trace is currently supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. And by Cal Humanities, in partnership with the NEH.  Experience more at


Very Special Thanks to:
The Fundación Cultural Tavehua – Los Angeles, Comunidad Tavehua in Oaxaca, Julieta Mendez, The Lopez Family and the entire staff at Guelaguetza Restaurant, Enrique Ruiz and everybody at St. Cecilia Catholic Parish, Mr. William Heuisler and Animo South LA Charter High School, YouthBuild Boyle Heights, DnA’s Frances Anderton, Mat-ter Design & Build, Varo Sheet Metal Works, Carlos Moreno, Carlos Linares, Evaristo Jr & Sr., Juan Antonio aka Jackson, Megan Pryor, Èlia Gasull Balada and Yago Busquets, UCLA Labor Center and Gaspar Riva-Salgado, Lindsey Wagner, Kara Oehler, Jesse Shapins, James Burns, Laurie Selik, Jacob Conrad, Lu Olkowksi, Samantha Blanchard, Marco Morales, Mario González, Odilia Romero, Martin Duran, Kay Plunkett-Hogge, Martha Guzman and MOLAA, Laura Krugan and Columbia University’s Spatial Information & Design Lab.

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