Omnified Contributors

Emily Bader

Emily Bader is a recent graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she studied International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. At Wellesley, she was an editor for The Wellesley News, a student assistant at Wellesley Magazine, and a Fellow at the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. She was in Berlin from July through September 2018 as an editorial fellow at KCRW Berlin, with the support of the Emily Cohen MacFarquhar ’59 Internship for International Journalism.

Arian Bozorg

Arian Bozorg is an artist, writer and curator based in Berlin. He has previously worked in radio in Sydney for triple j and 2SER.

Ariane Coulombe

Ariane Coulombe is a student, writer and art enthusiast living in Berlin. She has lived in Canada, Switzerland, and Germany where she has conducted many research projects namely on the factors behind political success and the rise of political extremism. She is a Master of International Affairs candidate at the Hertie School of Governance and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Modern Languages, focusing on German literature. Besides academia, her interests include classical music, philosophy of language and French cinema.

Grace Dobush

Grace Dobush is a Berlin-based journalist and editor at Handelsblatt Global. She’s contributed to publications including Quartz, Wired, the Washington Post, the Economist and Writer’s Digest. She has worked on the staffs of HOW, Print, Family Tree Magazine and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Selekta Drek

Derek Fead, also known as Selecta Drek, explores the dub spectrum and the different aspects of Berlin’s dub culture, as well as the artists, venues, and events behind it. Selecta Drek is a dedicated fan and DJ of reggae, dancehall, ska, dub and all things music and culture to come out of Jamaica. Before moving to Berlin, he hosted a radio show on WHFR Dearborn in Detroit where he explored the influence that Jamaican music has had on music around the world.

Hana Eckermann

Hana finished her MA in English Language and Literature at Charles University Prague and her MA in Internal Communication studies at Kingston University London, but spent the last 20 years in Berlin.

As a passionate photographer, she loves exploring urban landscapes and stories, some featured in galleries in Berlin and Wernigerode. From 2016 to 2017 prepared short features for NPR Berlin’s “Life in Berlin” series about craft beer events in Berlin, her other passion.

Hugh Eckermann

Hugh came to Berlin 30 years ago, directly after majoring in Radio, Television and Film studies at the University of Maryland. After working at East Carolina University and University of Maryland radio stations developing and presenting regular music shows, he devoted his first years in Berlin to create alternative film and multimedia installations.

Hugh is fascinated by the craft beer scene in Berlin, which he has been following since 2014. He co-worked on the craft beer events short features for NPR Berlin’s “Life in Berlin” series.

Diana Figueroa

Diana Figueroa is a writer, content creator and aspiring journalist from New York City. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Convergent Journalism at one of Berlin’s universities. In the next year, she hopes to be using her skills in the international market. She is also a music enthusiast, professional concert goer, and nomad in every sense of the word.

Meghan Friedmann

Meghan Friedmann received her B.A. in English from Brown University last year. In addition to having work published in the Providence Journal during her undergraduate studies, she was also involved in student journalism. In September of 2017, she moved to Berlin on a DAAD research grant, aiming to investigate migrant narrative in Germany. As part of her work, she writes Berlin-based stories exploring the themes of migration and integration. She is excited to have some of her work published in KCRW’s new section, “Omnified.” In September she will return to the U.S. to pursue a career in journalism.

Caitlin Hardee

Caitlin Hardee grew up in the Seattle area and gathered assorted radio experience at KBCS 91.3, 107.7 The End, KWCW 90.5 and Berliner Rundfunk 91.4 FM. She studied abroad in Berlin, majored in German Studies at Whitman College and returned to Berlin on a DAAD internXchange media stipend in 2012. Since then, she has written as a freelance contributor for Deutsche Welle, worked for a digital agency and done photo, blogging and translation work in a variety of formats. She loves coffee, live music and kayaking on the Spree in all weathers.

Isabelle Hore-Thorburn

Isabelle Hore-Thorburn is the founder of “Women in the Arts” in Australia. She has previously worked with the Center for Documentation for Indigenous Peoples at the UN Headquarters in New York. She has taught art in schools, community centers and women’s prisons in New York, Chiang Mai, and Sydney. For the last four years, she has been working with artist run initiatives, galleries, museums and universities on public programming and outreach initiatives. She was the co-creator and presenter of the contemporary art and feminism program, “Agenda” on FBi Radio. She now lives in Berlin.

John Kornblum

John Kornblum is an American diplomat and businessman. He entered the American Foreign Service in 1964. Over the next thirty-five years, he served in Europe and at the State Department in Washington. Since 2001, he has established himself as an investment banker and international business consultant. He lives in Berlin.

Anja Samy

Anja Samy is a student, writer and radio lover with a penchant for unusual facts and stories. She spent three months working as a volunteer at KCRW Berlin and is proud to have played a role in the conceptualization of the Omnified community page during this time.

Sarah Schmidt

Sarah Schmidt is a freelance writer and translator based in Berlin. Her work focuses on the intersections of culture and urban politics. When she isn’t writing, she teaches an ESL class at a men’s jail in Berlin.

Jacob Sweetman

Jacob Sweetman is a sports writer, musician, 10-year Berliner and lifelong football fan. The author of “Dilshan: The Man Behind The Scoop” about the Sri Lankan cricket legend, he’s currently working on a book about football in Berlin.

Jennifer Warburg

Jennifer Warburg is an American citizen living in Berlin. An expert in public policy and civic education, she is passionate about creating opportunities for people to become involved in the decisions that affect their lives. She has volunteered for 15 years with voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns and began her career staffing two U.S. senators. She is also an urbanist with seven years experience advising California cities on transportation and sustainability.