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Program Producers & On-Air Hosts

Paul Zalis, Executive Producer, StoryLines, America
Paul Zalis, an author and journalist, served as co-host and producer-director for the Big Sky Radio series as well as wrote and co-produced the "Big Sky" documentary. In addition to being the executive producer of StoryLines America since its inception, he also served as co-host for the StoryLines Northwest series that aired in 1997. Zalis was project director for the "Living in the Last Best Place" library archives radio project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also been the director of the Journalism Department and English instructor at Flathead Community College in Kalispell, Montana. Zalis served as correspondent for UPI International, covering Berkeley and East San Francisco Bay cities, the Palm Springs Desert Sun and Palm Springs Life magazine. He was also a reporter/special projects writer for the Indio (CA) Daily News, a reporter for the Berkeley Gazette, and reporter/bureau chief of the Merced (CA) Sun-Star. Zalis is the author of Who is the River (Atheneum 1986) and 1991-92 recipient of the Montana Arts Council Fellowship for Fiction.

Lynell George, Co-host, StoryLines California
Lynell George was born and raised in Los Angeles, and currently lives in its Echo Park district. A staff writer at the Los Angeles Times in features, she is the author of No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels (Verso/Anchor). She has received several awards for her work, including the Los Angeles Times Editorial Award for best feature in 1994 and the National Association of Black Journalists' Award in 1992. Her work has been published in Vibe magazine, Essence, The Utne Reader, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the New Left Review, and African American Review, as well as in the LA Weekly, where she was a staff writer specializing in culture, arts, race, and identity issues. A member of PEN/West, she has lectured widely about writing, race, journalism, ethnicity, and identity at a number of institutions including the Getty Research Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the University of California, and the Oakland Museum.

David Ulin, Co-host, StoryLines California
David Ulin is a widely-published writer and critic living in Los Angeles. A contributing editor to Bomb and The Bloomsbury Review, he is also a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, Salon, the LA Weekly, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The Hungry Mind Review, Mirabella, and a number of other publications. He is the author of Cape Cod Blues: Poems (Red Dust 1992) and of the forthcoming Kerouac's Ghost (University of California Press) and the editor of the forthcoming Southland Stories (City Lights Books). Currently a member of the National Book Critics Circle and on the board of directors of PEN Center USA West, he is also a former member of the board of trustees of Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center in Venice, California.

Flavia Potenza, Producer, StoryLines California
Flavia Potenza is an independent producer for public radio as well as a print journalist. Her broadcast credits include regular commentary for NPR's "Marketplace;" a documentary, "The Artistry of Beatrice Wood: Chocolate and Young Men," for NPR's Horizons; as well as many other features, commentary, and news spots for National Public Radio, Monitor Radio, the BBC, CBC, Pacifica Radio, and National Native News (Alaska Public Radio Network). At KPFK Los Angeles, she has produced and anchored half-hour morning and one-hour evening newscasts, created "Feminist Analysis of the News," and has produced and hosted innumerable programs on a wide variety of topics. In 1992, following the L.A. riots, she received an L.A. Arts Recovery grant to teach radio skills to high school women, grades 10-12. In 1994, she was a scholarship recipient for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Multicultural Producers Forum at the Public Radio Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Doris Betts, Co-host, StoryLines Southeast
Doris Betts is one of the most distinguished writers of her generation. She is the author of nine books of fiction, including Souls Raised from the Dead and The Sharp Teeth of Love, which were both published in hardcover by Knopf, and in paperback by Scribner's. Her short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim, was the inspiration for the academy-award-wining film, "Violet," as well as the stage musical of the same name, which won eight major theatrical prizes in New York City in 1998. Currently the Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is the recipient of six honorary degrees, the most recent being from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1998. She has also been awarded the Medal of Merit in Short Story from the American Academy of Arts & Letters; the John Dos Passos Award; three Sir Walter Raleigh Awards; and the North Carolina Medal for literature. She is a former Guggenheim Fellow and former chair of the literature panel of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Darrell Stover, Co-host, StoryLines Southeast
Darrell Stover, aka Scipoet, is a performance artist and poet who currently serves as program director for the St. Joseph's Historic Foundation, which runs the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, North Carolina. The former director of The Spoken Word Performance Poetry Ensemble in Washington, D.C., he is the editor of the Collective's forthcoming anthology, Bad Beats, Sacred Rhythms. A member of the Carolina African-American Writers Collective, he is featured on two acid jazz recordings by Peace Bureau, entitled "Acoustic Solo Bebop Booms" and "Inner City Booms." The holder of the M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University, he has presented creative writing to people in homeless shelters, detention facilities, mental institutions, prisons and schools.

Julie Shapiro, Producer, StoryLines Southeast
Julie Shapiro is involved with public programming at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina, and curates the gallery during evening hours. She has been a DJ on WXDU, also in Durham, and has worked at WUNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition she has worked at the North Carolina Antiquarian Book Fair, at the Internationalist Book Store in Chapel Hill, and for Banzai Entertainment, an independent production company. Before moving to the Southeast, she worked at The Tucson Weekly, and at The New School and Ozone Records in Portland. She is also currently the editor and publisher of Anodyne Magazine.