Claudia Taranto has been telling stories on the radio for more than 20 years. She is the Executive Producer of 360documentaries – 10am Sundays on ABC RN. She is passionate about recording unknown stories using the intimacy of a single microphone and then bringing those stories to life with the alchemy of audio production. She has contributed to a variety of programs on ABC Radio including; Street Stories, Hindsight, Life Matters, The Listening Room and The Comfort Zone.
Highlights of her career include; reporting from South Africa soon after Nelson Mandela was released, working on the Walkley Award-winning program The Too Hard Basket about sex and disability with disabled producer John Blades, pioneering the use of crowd sourced stories at RN with the project My Street and more recently Pocketdocs and eating a scorpion on the radio.
Claudia has won local and international awards for her work including: Walkley Awards, silver medals at The New York Radio Festival, The Human Rights Award and the Kennedy award for Outstanding Mentor. She particularly enjoys working closely with inexperienced radio makers to help them realise their ideas.
Hi, what’s your name?
Where do you hail from?
Who do you work for?
360documentaries, ABC RN
Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?
I’m EP of 360documentaries, I’ve been at RN for more than 20 years, mostly making features and docos but also working on Life Matters and other shows. I studied radio at UTS an eternity ago and worked briefly at 2SER and taught Aboriginal and TSI broadcasters at James Cook University in Townsville for a couple of years in the 90s.
What are your career highlights?
Leading a talented team of producers and freelancers over the last 5 years to produce one of RN’s flagship feature programs, reporting from South Africa soon after Nelson Mandela was released, winning a Walkley Award with the late John Blades for a groundbreaking program about disability and sexuality and performing recently at The Radio Hour at Melbourne Writers Festival.
Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
My kelpie named “Fairy” who is begging for a walk at 6:30 – but seriously, the interview I’m going to listen to that day that’s going to transfix me – I’m lucky to hear so many of them in my job.
Which other storytellers do you admire?
Pejk Malinovski a US based radio producer, Steven Rajam a BBC radio producer, Nancy Updike from This American Life
What do you plan to share at Storyology?
At In The Dark you’ll hear extracts of excellent radio documentaries from Australia and around the globe, compelling tales that use the intimacy of radio.
Where can we find you?
LinkedIn: Claudia Taranto
Facebook: ABC RN’s 360documentaries