A Conversation with Sarah Koenig: Host & Co-Creator of Serial | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

A Conversation with Sarah Koenig: Host & Co-Creator of Serial

Presented by Maryland Hall and St. Anne's School of Annapolis
May 17th
8:00 PMPurchase


"Serial rocketed podcasting into the cultural mainstream." ~ Peabody Awards

A Conversation with Sarah Koenig: Host & Co-Creator of Serial

Joined by Aaron Henkin of WYPR

Presented in Partnership with St. Anne's School of Annapolis

$25-35/person (all inclusive of fees)

SARAH KOENIG is an award-winning journalist and the host and co-creator of the award-winning podcast Serial. She comes to Maryland Hall for a rare speaking engagement on creating Serial, storytelling and journalism in new media.

“On Serial, [Koenig] is the standard bearer for due diligence, calling everyone, weighing (and re-weighing) every fact, and remaining conscious of her own biases. This kind of thoroughness—
whether it’s foregrounded this conspicuously or not—is a journalist’s core obligation, especially on a story with such high stakes. Koenig fulfills it.”

Sarah Koenig is the host and co-creator of the award-winning podcast Serial. Launched in 2014, Serial is credited with bringing mainstream attention to the podcast format and has been downloaded more than 420 million times, making it the most listened-to podcast in the history of the form. Among other honors, Serial won the 2014 Peabody Award, the first time the award has been given to a podcast. In 2015, Koenig was named one of Time Magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People.”

“...I would follow Ms. Koenig’s work wherever it took her. She is an agile writer of cool, declarative sentences. Her voice — literate, probing, witty, seemingly without guile — is an intoxicating one to have in your head...”
— New York Times

With Aaron Henkin of WYPR

Sarah will be joined on stage by Aaron Henkin of WYPR 88.1, Baltimore’s NPR Station. Aaron creates and produces original radio programs for WYPR. His current project is the neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks. His past work includes the long-running weekly cultural program, The Signal, and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series, Tapestry of the Times.  Aaron's stories have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PRI’s Studio 360, & The World.

Out of the Blocks is the winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award, one of the highest awards in radio.

Sarah Koenig began her career as a newspaper reporter – her first reporting job was at her weekly hometown paper. She lived in Moscow, Russia for several years, where she worked for the New York Times, and once she returned, went to work for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. She did stints as a crime reporter and then as a political repor ter – the same beats she’d go on to cover at the Baltimore Sun.

In 2004 Sarah Koenig became a producer at the radio show This American Life. She has guest-hosted This American Life several times, most memorably for the “No Coincidence, No Story” show; she has also produced and reported some of the show’s most popular episodes, including “Switched at Birth,” “Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde” and “Habeas Schmabeas,” a Peabody Award-winning show about Guantanamo Bay.

Serial is produced by Serial Productions, which is co-owned by Koenig, Julie Snyder, and Ira Glass. They released S-Town, a 7-part non-fiction podcast hosted by Brian Reed, which premiered in March 2017. S-Town was downloaded more than 10 million times in the first four days of its release — setting a new record in the podcasting world. S-Town also won a Peabody Award in 2017. Serial Productions continues to have additional projects in development.

Come spend an engaging evening with Sarah Koenig!

Photo by Sandy Koenig