About Us

Feet in 2 Worlds, Immigrants in a Global City

For the past 14 years, Feet in 2 Worlds has brought the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web.

We also host live town hall forums at The New School, where Fi2W is based, and sponsor food tours of immigrant neighborhoods in New York City.

Since our founding in 2004 more than 150 immigrant journalists have gone through our unique and highly successful training programs, enhancing their skills and allowing them to advance their careers. Fi2W stories appear on WNYC, NPR’s Here and Now, PRI’s The World, LatinoUSA, Public News Service and in numerous online news outlets such as Huffington Post, The Nation, NPR’s The Salt, Africa Is a Country and Latino Rebels as well as numerous blogs and websites.

Fi2W journalism has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) for the Food in 2 Worlds podcast series, the AP of Michigan, and the Ippies Awards, honoring excellence in New York’s ethnic and community media.

Fi2W works with journalists from a broad range of immigrant communities as well as students at The New School.

In addition to our public radio partners, we work with a wide variety of organizations and media outlets including the Americas Society and Council of the Americas – AS/COA, City Limits, Public News Service, the FilAm,  The Media Consortium, Oakland Local, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and many others.

Our very first effort was a one-hour radio documentary called ‘Feet in 2 Worlds: Immigrants in a Global City’ first broadcast in May 2005.

Feet in 2 Worlds is a project of the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School.




Our Team


John Rudolph, Executive Producer, is a radio journalist with more than 35 years experience as a program host and producer of documentaries and news reports. John produced the award-winning documentary Feet in Two Worlds: Immigrants in a Global City, which was the debut for the Feet in 2 Worlds project. Starting in 1999 he worked with WNYC to chronicle the life of the city in programs such as Six Months: Rebuilding Our City, Rebuilding Ourselves, a documentary series that explored the impact of the 9/11 attacks, and New York in Black and White: The Sixties, Civil Rights and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis, named “Best news special/documentary, First Place” for 2000 by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. He produced and hosted Culture Lessons: Stories of Students at Manchester Central High School, winner of the 2007 RTNDA/Unity award. This documentary, produced for New Hampshire Public Radio, tells the story of a public high school with a large immigrant and refugee population. John teaches journalism at The New School, where Fi2W is based.

Rachael Bongiorno,  Managing Editor,  is a New York City based multimedia journalist and community media practitioner from Melbourne, Australia. Her work has been broadcast on Deutsche Welle, ABC Australia, Democracy Now!, SBS Radio Australia, Free Speech Radio News, and 3CR Radio Australia. She has an Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne and is currently completing a Masters in Media Studies at the New School, where she is also a collaborator with the Engage Media Lab.

Jocelyn Gonzales, Technical Director and Senior Producer, is a freelance radio producer in New York City. Her work has been featured on WNYC News, Studio 360, Soundcheck, Marketplace, Weekend America, Sound Money, Radiolab, Musicians Radio, Ear Studio, the Bowery Poetry Club, Minnesota Public Radio, Strange Music and Re:Sound. She was part of the team that created Studio 360, and she was the producer for DishNow Hear This! and The Conversation on WNYC. Jocelyn is a full-time faculty member at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the sound design department, and was the principal advisor to the campus radio station, WNYU AM/FM, for several years. She is also a podcast producer at The New York Times.

Anne Noyes Saini, Food Editor, produces WNYC’s The Sporkful food podcast and is co-creator of the MOTHER podcast. She covers food culture, immigration, women, and the elderly in New York City — especially in Queens, where she lives. She has contributed to NPR The Salt, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Narratively, Serious Eats, VICE, Feet in 2 Worlds, Real Cheap Eats and City Limits magazine.


Rosalind Tordesillas – is a Philippine-born social scientist trained in attitudes research. For over ten years she conducted surveys for Consumer Reports, providing content for its publications and support for its advocacy efforts. She has graduate degrees from the New School and NYU in Social Psychology.

Shiva Bayat –  is a third culture kid who works in media research and production. She received a Bachelors in Art Practice and Critical Race Theory at San Francisco State University and is now a graduate student in Media Studies at the New School.

Von Diaz, former editor at Fi2W, is a native of Puerto Rico, grew up in Atlanta, and now lives in New York. Her award-winning story on homeless, gay immigrant youth in New York marked her debut with Fi2W. Von has an M.A. in journalism and Latin American and Caribbean studies from New York University.

Aaron Leaf, former editor at Fi2W, is a freelance writer and editor who has reported on human rights issues from Zambia, Liberia, Canada and Peru. He is a graduate of Ryerson University and the former editor of Ricepaper, a journal of Asian Canadian arts and culture.


The Advisory Board

Manolia Charlotin – Associate Director, The Media Consortium, former Fi2W managing editor

Von Diaz – producer at StoryCorps (New York), former Fi2W fellow, former Fi2W editor

Valeria Fernandez – freelance journalist and filmmaker (Phoenix, AZ), former Fi2W fellow

Karen Frillmann – Enterprise Editor, WNYC (New York)

Martina Guzman – reporter WDET (Detroit), former Fi2W fellow

Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska – reporter DNAInfo (New York), former Fi2W fellow

Sarah Kramer – producer Radio Diaries (New York), former Fi2W editor

Aaron Leaf – managing editor, Okay Africa (New York), former Fi2W editor

Neyda Martinez – filmmaker, media consultant (New York)

Anne Noyes Saini – online producer, WNYC (New York)

Arun Venugopal – reporter WNYC (New York), former Fi2W fellow



Our Supporters

Feet in 2 Worlds is grateful for the generous support of our funders.

Major supporters:

The Ralph E. Ogden Foundation.

The David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation

The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation

An anonymous donor

Other supporters include:

The Media Consortium and the Voqal Fund for support of the Fi2W online magazine

The Michael Patrick and Carol Sedwick Charitable Trust Fund

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and CUNY TV for support of Fi2W podcasts

And individual donors like you.

Our Partners