Ellen Mayer

Ellen Mayer (@EllenRebeccaM) is a community journalist, audio producer and facilitator living in Chicago. As a member of the 2019 Conference Advisory Group, she is currently collaborating directly with Third Coast staff to envision & create Thursday Meetups: an afternoon of community-based gatherings that will kick off this year’s Conference.

Currently, she's a producer for The Hoodoisie, a radical talk show about culture and politics in Chicago. She has also produced and reported stories for Pitch and The Zoo . In 2018, Ellen launched IlliNoise , an independent podcast about state government. She also spent two years as an Engagement Consultant for the journalism-tech startup Hearken, helping newsrooms around the world build relationships and engage more effectively with their audiences. She is from Brooklyn and enjoys debating the best bagels in Chicago and convincing people not to move to New York.

Ellen got her start in radio as an intern at WNYC's Studio 360 . She also interned at WBEZ's Curious City , where she learned to put audience curiosity and collaboration at the center of her work.


Third Coast International Audio Festival, or Third Coast, has served an ever-growing global community of storytellers and makers since 2000. An independent nonprofit arts organization based in Chicago, we center people and community first in our advocacy for the medium of audio as an art form. Through our work, we seek to push at the boundaries of the audio industry and support the creators who build our world in sound.