Vox VPs Allison Rockey and Liz Kelly Nelson at present introduced that Katherine Wells is becoming a member of the community as editorial director of explanatory audio, a brand new position. Wells will oversee all of Vox’s narrative exhibits, together with Unexplainable and The Impact, as properly as lead efforts to pilot and develop a brand new crop of narrative explanatory exhibits in 2022. These exhibits will construct on Vox’s mission of giving context to the information and world, offering readability to listeners whereas sparking curiosity. Wells begins her new position in October.
“We’ve lengthy admired Katherine’s work and after we spoke along with her I sensed an actual pleasure from her in studying one thing new. That variety of curiosity is contagious and precisely what we had been on the lookout for in our new editorial director. We have an formidable plan and we will’t wait to dig in with Katherine and get began,” stated Rockey.
“With the launch of Unexplainable earlier this yr, we found our viewers’s urge for food for extra aurally-rich evergreen explanatory podcasts. Katherine shall be main efforts to pilot and launch a rising slate of exhibits to construct out that class with care and creativity,” stated Nelson.
Wells joins Vox from The Atlantic, the place she was the manager producer of podcasts. At The Atlantic she developed a number of new exhibits, together with The Experiment and the Peabody Award-winning sequence Floodlines. Prior to that, she oversaw the launch of Gimlet Media’s Every Little Thing. She has additionally been a producer for Radiolab’s More Perfect, Freakonomics Radio, Science Friday, and plenty of different exhibits.