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.

Yermi Brenner

Yermi Brenner was born in 1980 in Israel, grew up on a kibbutz, and has been living in Berlin since 2014. He works as a freelance journalist. His articles, personal essays and video stories have been published by various news organizations, including Al Jazeera, The Jewish Daily Forward, and Huff Post. Yermi’s journalistic focus is on migration and minorities, issues that are relevant to his own past, present and future. He has reported extensively on the arrival of asylum seekers in Europe and integration of refugees in Western societies. Yermi is married to Martina and loves eating hummus.

Eleanor Cantor

Eleanor Cantor moved to Germany in her early twenties where she completed her M.A. in English literature and philosophy. For the past 15 years, she has made her home in Berlin, where she works as a musician, performer, and writer. She has released several albums with her duo Sister Chain & Brother John and other musical projects and performs her music and poetry locally and internationally. She has translated several children’s books and poetic works and her comic art has been featured in Berlin exhibitions and anthologies.

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.

Derek Fead

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 Eckermann 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 Eckermann 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.

Emma Krupp

Emma Krupp is a recent journalism graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. Her work has been published in Chicago magazine, The Chicago Tribune and RedEye, among other places. She lives in Berlin, likes to cook (badly, though she’s trying to improve) and wishes she owned a cat.

Linda Mannheim

Linda Mannheim’s most recent book is “Above Sugar Hill” (Influx Press), stories of a one time New York City landmark that became known for its high homicide rate and heroin trade. Her work has appeared in 3:AM Magazine, Ambit, Catapult Story, Litro, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Linda is one of the founders of “Why, Why, Why: The Books Podcast,” which asks writers why they wrote the books they wrote, editors why they decided to publish the book, and readers why they picked the book up and read it. Originally from New York, she has lived in London for the past 15 years and is in Berlin doing research for her next project.

Jan Riecke

Jan Riecke is a 10th grade student at the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin. He lived in both the United States and Switzerland before moving to Berlin. He’s a big sports fan, enjoys reading and writing and with two journalists as parents, dinner table discussions often feature controversial political topics.

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.

Jess Sweetman

Jess Sweetman is KCRW Berlin’s self-appointed film critic. She is excited to finally put her BA in screen studies to good use, and has strong opinions that you probably won’t agree with. Raised on the magical trifecta of Jarmusch, John Waters, and Derek Jarman, she’s lived and made strange little films in a lot of different places.

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.

Zeynep Lokmanoglu

Zeynep Lokmanoglu was born in Mersin, Turkey. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and her nonfiction has been published on Vice and Latterly Magazine. She moved to Berlin from New York in 2018.