Meet the 2023 RadioActive advanced youth producers
KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our Advanced Producers Workshop to 11 graduates of our Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop. This spring, the youth producers spent five months with KUOW gaining advanced journalism and audio production skills.
Read on to learn more about the youth producers, and subscribe to the RadioActive podcast to hear what they create.
Ada Walther (Junior, Garfield High School, Central District)
Ada Walther loves psychology and writing. Ada finds ghost stories fascinating (especially gothic ones) and loves a good queer romance novel. Ada wants to become a therapist and/or a writer in order to help people heal and empower themselves. She has been in choir since middle school and loves different forms of telling stories. Ada is also a part of Urban Artworks as an apprentice and loves being in communities full of people who are cool and down to earth.
Anjali Einstein (Senior, North Creek High School, Bothell)
Anjali Einstein is a young South Asian woman who has a passion and excitement for journalism. She enjoys hobbies such as baking, reading, and music to keep her creative mind engaged. Anjali is also involved in many different clubs and activities such as orchestra, FCCLA, and Indian classical dance. She hopes to develop her radio journalism skills to tell the perfect story.
Colin Yuen (Senior, Issaquah High School and Central Washington University, Issaquah)
Having gained experience with visual and auditory forms of media, Colin Yuen has always been fascinated by the power of storytelling and the way it can bridge gaps between different communities. He loves meeting other people and learning about the unique experiences that have shaped them into who they are today, and he hopes to pursue a career that will allow him to foster this curiosity. Never able to sit in one place for too long, you can usually find him hiking on a trail, helping to plan events for the community, or arguing with his mom about something pointless.
Dashiell Pinck (Junior, Interlake High School, Northeast Bellevue)
A passionate storyteller, Dash Pinck is hoping to create media that examines identity, questions the status quo, and inspires joy. From audio editing/design, directing, acting, and writing, she has accrued a wide variety of experience in creative expression. Having grown up immersed in the arts, Dash developed an ingrained love of film, theater, and music. Above all else, she is excited to share her unique perspective on the world through collaboration with her fellow artists.
Eva Solorio (First year, Edmonds College, Everett)
Eva Solorio is a Mexican-American teen who loves music, film, and journalism. Being with the RadioActive community, she has found her voice in an industry that is often overlooked for youth and hopes to inspire others by the stories she shares. She enjoys hiking, cuddling with her dog, Rocky, and hanging out with friends and family. Eva is excited to continue making meaningful and informational stories with KUOW once more.
Gideon Hall (Junior, Kentridge High School, Kent)
Gideon has grown up learning the power of stories through radio, books, theater, TV, and movies. During the pandemic, media was how Gideon discovered who they were. Now, all he wants to do it tell stories of his own. At school, he's part of stage crew and orchestra, in addition to a wide variety of advanced classes and leadership roles.
Hayden Andersen (Senior, Chief Sealth High School, Arbor Heights)
Hayden Andersen is an avid enjoyer of music and art. He plays alto saxophone in both concert and marching band, and tenor saxophone in jazz band. He is currently playing in the all-city marching band program. Outside of school, Hayden is a member of Boy Scouts Troop 284, where he is striving for the rank of Eagle Scout.
Idrissa Gaye (Senior, Middle College High School, Lake Ridge)
Some of Idrissa Gaye’s interests include reading and writing, primarily on realistic fiction. Idrissa has a major passion for watching and playing sports, such as basketball, football, soccer, boxing and a few others. Idrissa enjoys discussing, predicting, and writing about specific sporting events or things happening within a specific sport. As a result of this, Idrissa also enjoys playing video games, specifically sports video games.
Lily Turner (Senior, Nathan Hale High School, View Ridge)
Lily Turner is a young woman with a love for storytelling. Ever since she was little, Lily has been writing poetry and stories to share with her family. Lily is hard of hearing, and she is extremely passionate about issues affecting the disabled community. She hopes to bring attention to the ways in which our language and actions are harmful to those with disabilities.
Sadeen Al Ziyad (First year, University of Washington, University District)
Sadeen Al Ziyad is an Arab Muslim woman who is passionate about her community and social justice issues. She is a student at the University of Washington who is hoping to major in psychology. She loves to tutor students and enjoys working with little kids. Sadeen hopes to create stories that inspire people to get outside their comfort zone.
Terina Papatu (Sophomore, Mountlake Terrace High School, Mountlake Terrace)
Terina Papatu has always been insecure about her voice and anxious about presenting, but over her high school experience, she's joined journalism programs that have really helped her find her voice. Well, those and the drama program at her school. She loves reading — romance novels specifically — and is excited to have a possibility to talk about her interests in hopes that others have the same.