Sue Schardt

CEO, Association of Independents in Radio

Sue Schardt leads AIR, a growing network of nearly 1300 independent producers, audio journalists, technologists, and public media organizations working to lead change and broaden the impact of mission driven media. She is creator and Executive Producer of Localore: Finding America, a ground-breaking production designed to invent new ways of making stories “with and for the people” living in 15 different communities across the United States.

She writes and presents frequently on media-technology including at the 2017 3D Journalism Conference in Moscow, the Australian Centre for Moving Image’s 2013 Co-Creative Communities forum and, in 2012, a Radio Features “think tank” in Leipzig, the NEA’s National Council meeting, and the FCC’s Future of Media in the Digital Age. Schardt served as an American advisor to the Ukraine in 2015, consulting on the formation of a new public media system. She is a 2014-15 National Arts Strategies fellow, and has served on the NPR Board’s Distribution and Interconnect Committee, is an artistic advisor to NPR’s From the Top, and was the project consultant on the launch and design of Native Voice One. Schardt is a long-standing live music DJ on MIT’s free-form station WMBR in Cambridge.