About Us

Feet in 2 Worlds tells the stories of today’s immigrants.

Since our founding in 2004, Feet in 2 Worlds has brought the work of immigrant journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and online news sites.

Our areas of special interest include food in immigrant communities, climate change, the role of immigrant voters in U.S. elections and arts and culture.

Hundreds of immigrant journalists have gone through Feet in 2 Worlds’ unique and highly successful training programs — including fellowships, workshops, and internships — enhancing their skills and allowing them to advance their careers. Fi2W alumni have gone on to jobs at WNYC, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Associated Press, WHYY, WDET, PRI and many other news organizations.

Fi2W stories appear on WNYC, WDET, NPR’s Here and Now, PRI’s The World, and in numerous online news outlets such as Huffington Post, The Nation, NPR’s The Salt, Africa Is a Country and Latino Rebels. We host live events at The New School, where Fi2W is based, and sponsor food tours of immigrant neighborhoods in New York City.

Fi2W journalism has won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, along with 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, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan. PR. and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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

Listen to the documentary


 

Our Team

Staff

John Rudolph, Executive Producer and founder, is a radio journalist with more than 40 years experience as a program host, reporter, editor 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 Feet in 2 Worlds. 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 has taught journalism at The New School, The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and Boston University.

Mei-Ling McNamara, Managing Editor, is a journalist and academic who works in both print and broadcast media, with a focus on human rights reporting, criminal and social justice issues and in-depth investigations. She produces multimedia investigations with the Guardian and has worked for a number of international and national media outlets, including CNN International and Al-Jazeera English. Her investigative work for the Guardian and Al-Jazeera English received awards in 2011 and 2015 by the Human Trafficking Foundation. She has also published articles in Electronic News; Global Perspectives on Human Rights, Oxford Human Rights Law Journal; The Guardian; The Observer and Al Jazeera English. She holds a PhD in Trans-Disciplinary Documentary Film at the University of Edinburgh where her work examined the nexus between liminality, trauma and the experience of survivors of human trafficking. She also holds an MA in Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London, an MA in American Literature from the University of Essex, and a BA in English from the University of California, Davis.

Jocelyn Gonzales, Technical Director and Senior Producer, is also the Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning radio show and podcast, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from Public Radio International and Slate Magazine. She’s a sound design professor for film and new media at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and her work as a culture producer has appeared on Soundcheck, Marketplace, Musicians Radio, Weekend America, Radiolab, Minnesota Public Radio, Re:Sound, and Pop Tech Jam. She was part of the original production staff that launched Studio 360, and she was the producer for Dish, Now Hear This!, and The Conversation on WNYC. During 10 years at The New York Times, Jocelyn produced the weekly Popcast, New York Times Book Review, and Times Insider podcasts. She produced the Mash-Up Americans podcast at American Public Media, and Signal, the science and medicine podcast of StatNews.com and Boston Globe Media, and currently mixes the How It Is podcast for Hello Sunshine.

Martina Guzman, Senior Producer, is an award-winning reporter and nationally recognized journalist who writes about race, justice, and culture. Based in Detroit, she is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and a graduate of the Journalism School at Columbia University in New York City.

Rosalind Tordesillas, Podcast Editor, 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.

Hali Bey Ramdene, Food Editor is a writer, editor, and photographer whose work explores food, well-being, art history, and the origin of our curiosity.

Anne Noyes Saini, Food Editor, produces 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’s 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.

Erin Gold, Engagement Manageris a freelance journalist and marketing consultant based in Detroit. In her role as Engagement Manager, she spreads the word about Feet in 2 Worlds’ work and makes sure that both online and offline readers, fellows, and staff are up to date and included in Feet in 2 Worlds’ mission and vision.  

The Advisory Board

Martina Guzman –  Chair – Race and Justice Journalism Fellow at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights (Detroit). Former Fi2W fellow.

Von Diaz – writer, radio producer, cookbook author (New York). Former Fi2W fellow.  Former Fi2W editor.

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

Karen FrillmannExecutive Producer, Narrative Unit WNYC News, Contributing Editor, The New Yorker Radio Hour (New York).

Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska – Queens Library Deputy Communications Director (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 SainiAssociate Producer, Sporkful and co-creator of the MOTHER podcast (New York).

Kamille Vargas (ex-officio) — Manager of Operations, The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School.


 

Our Supporters

Feet in 2 Worlds is grateful for the generosity of our supporters.

The Ralph E. Ogden Foundation

The David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation

The Ford Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The International Association of Culinary Professionals’ foundation, The Culinary Trust, and its Growing Leaders Food Writing program. The Food Writing Program is funded with the support of the Boston Foundation.

The J. M. Kaplan Fund

An anonymous donor

And individual donors like you.

Our Partners

WNYC, New York Public Radio

 

PRI’s The World

 

WDET, Detroit’s Public Radio Station

 

The FilAm

 

Voices of New York at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

 

NPR’s The Salt

 

Universidad Del Sagrado Corazón