Finding Fixes

Assistant Producer | March 2018 - March 2019

Finding Fixes is a Solutions Journalism podcast from Investigate West that explores the various approaches to the Opioid Epidemic. As Assistant Producer, I collaborated with Producers Anna Boiko-Weyrauch and Kyle Norris to create Season One of the show. You can listen to Finding Fixes at their website.

You can listen here to a bonus episode that I produced with the editorial help of Anna and Kyle. It centers around the story of a woman named Shannon McCarty who is currently in recovery from her addiction to heroin and painkillers.

BONUS: How Shannon got off drugs

Released March 22, 2019.

For Shannon McCarty, two things were crucial in her recovery: connections and timing. It started with timing – a key encounter just when she wanted to get off the drugs. And then it was the connections that kept her going. A police officer she could depend on. A sister who stayed in touch. A dog who gets her out of the house a few times a day. Shannon’s story helps us understand how solutions to the opioid epidemic can be incredibly personal.

 

Transom Traveling Workshop

Catalina Island | September 2018

The Catalina TTW crew preparing for our vox pop adventure.

The Catalina TTW crew preparing for our vox pop adventure.

Val Schaefer giving me a tour of her island paradise.

Val Schaefer giving me a tour of her island paradise.

Over the course of an intensive one-week radio story-telling workshop, I learned and practiced the skills of telling narrative stories in audio. As a result of that work, I produced a profile of a woman named Val Schaefer who lives on Catalina Island. She is known on the island as the “Ambassador of Happiness.” You can listen to it here.

 

Freelance recording

Seattle, Washington

Please feel free to contact me for any local tape syncs or other field recording needs. I use a Zoom H5 recorder and a Rode NTG-2 microphone and have done many successful recordings for organizations including Slate, Al Jazeera, and Cafe.

Shoot me an email at julia.drachman@gmail.com if you have any questions!