About CBC Podcasts
CBC Podcasts is a richly diverse collection of award-winning podcasts that engage, enlighten and entertain. We are are the #1 podcaster in Canada, reaching more Canadians than any other podcast publisher. With more than 20 series in genres such as true crime, comedy, human interest and audio fiction.
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Meet the team
Leslie Merklinger is the Senior Director of CBC Podcasts. She launched the department in 2015 and serves as its creative and strategic head. She also leads the development of terrestrial radio programming for CBC Radio One. Prior to moving to audio, Leslie was an award winning media veteran with over 3 decades as a producer, director and Commissioning Editor. Her career has spanned many independent production companies and every major broadcaster in Canada, including CTV, CBC, Global Television, Shaw Media, Alliance Atlantis and CBC.
Leslie holds a Masters in Creative Media Education from the University of Bournemouth, UK and teaches Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is a food expert, a mom of three millennials and a baseball fanatic.
Arif Noorani is the Executive Producer of CBC Podcasts, launching the department in 2015 and leading the creation of over 20 series. He oversees the editorial and production of the slate of programs from Someone Knows Something and Uncover to The Shadows and Other People's Problems. For the past 16 years, he has been a key force in launching or leading award-winning CBC radio programs such as The Current, Day 6, Q and Podcast Playlist. He has spearheaded cross-platform firsts for CBC Radio including the first successful TV adaption and YouTube channel, as well as growing the international syndication of radio programs to record levels.
As Senior Producer of CBC Podcasts, Tanya Springer keeps a slate of 20+ series running efficiently and strategically. She's involved in every stage of production, including staffing, editorial development, digital strategy and content distribution. Tanya is passionate about using the power of audio to engage young listeners and learners. She spearheaded CBC's Podcasts in Class initiative, providing educators with the tools necessary to integrate podcasts into course curriculums. Before joining the Podcast team Tanya produced The Doc Project, a CBC Radio show that she created and launched. She also developed CBC Radio's Doc Making Programs, which support the development of young and diverse creators across Canada.
Tina Verma is a Producer with CBC Podcasts. She works across the entire production slate and is involved in staffing, content distribution, and editorial development. Podcasting is the latest medium in which she gets to apply her editorial craft and organizational skills.
Tina started at the CBC with the flagship nature and science television series The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, where she produced and directed long-form documentaries. After spending time producing natural history series in the private sector, Tina returned to CBC Radio, working for q and Quirks & Quarks, and most recently, managing relationships with CBC Radio's international partners.
Amanda Cox is the cross promo associate producer with CBC Podcasts. She has worked in digital media for over eight years with the CBC and BBC America and has worked on large scale events including the 2016 and 2018 Olympic Games. Her focus is now on audience growth for all CBC Podcast titles in Canada and around the world through internal and external podcast cross-promotion.
Cesil Fernandes is the sound design lead for CBC Podcasts and producer behind the award winning series, Back Story. He's traveled Canada and the world for CBC Radio, covering stories from the papal conclave to the Sochi Winter Olympics. He's covered the 2012 U.S. presidential election and his reports from the remote island of Eleuthera shone a light on over-fishing in the Bahamas. He's produced docs for The World This Weekend, Dispatches, Tapestry, The Sunday Edition and Spark and is currently working on season six of Someone Knows Something.
Fabiola Melendez Carletti is a Coordinating Producer with CBC Podcasts. For the past nine years at the CBC, she's been sharpening the editorial instincts, technical abilities and creative stamina needed for her latest role: helping make the CBC the go-to place for relevant and remarkable podcasts. Fabiola started off as a Donaldson scholar, and spent nearly two years with CBCNews.ca before gravitating toward digital-first, audio-centric work. In 2013, she became one of the first digital producers assigned full time to a flagship radio show. She has since helped a variety of shows and special projects hone their online voice, outreach strategy and sense of purpose on the internet.
Chris Oke is a producer and story editor for CBC Podcasts, working primarily on investigative, narrative series such as Someone Knows Something, Uncover and Hunting Warhead. Chris got his start at the Yukon News and went on to report from Argentina and Tanzania, freelancing for Agence France-Presse, The Economist and The Globe & Mail, among others. He has an MFA in Creative Writing, and his poetry has appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies.
Evan Aagaard is the jack-of-all-trades video and photo producer at CBC Podcasts, directing and producing promotional and documentary content for shows like Someone Knows Something, Uncover, Other People's Problems, Alone: A Love Story and many others. As a commercial director, he's produced content for brands like FedEx, Intel and the WWF. His work has been featured in AdAge and Marketing Magazine and he was a co-founder and original creative director of the video agency VMG Cinematic. At CBC Podcasts, Evan helps develop the visual identity for each show and finds unique ways to adapt podcast content into social video.
Philip Leung is a video producer for CBC Podcasts. He has created CBC content for Because News, Podcast Playlist, As It Happens, Exhibitionists, Someone Knows Something and much more. He is also an award-winning filmmaker, having premiered his work around the world including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Tribeca Film Center and the Hong Kong Arts Centre. His works have appeared on Amazon Prime, Mediacorp and the Cartoon Network. Philip holds an MFA from NYU's Tisch film program.
Eunice Kim started her career in radio as the inaugural intern on Campus, CBC's first original podcast series featuring raw, intimate portraits of college students. Since then, she's worked as an associate producer providing editorial, production and digital support on various shows, ranging from award-winning current affairs programs like The Current to high-impact investigative podcasts like Someone Knows Something and Uncover: Escaping NXIVM.
Judy Ziyi Gu is a digital producer at CBC Podcasts. They make sure that each show they works with has a distinctive voice, visual identity, and digital strategy based on analytics.
Before joining the CBC, Judy coded websites and produced audio projects and award-winning editorial series at The Walrus. They've worked as a translator, theatre stagehand, and medical researcher. They studied digital media and food at NYU. Lately they're working on Chosen Family, Asking For It, and Tai Asks Why.
Émilie Quesnel is a digital and radio producer who has worked alongside virtually every national CBC Radio One program since beginning as an intern 2017. Be it curating social media campaigns, building audio and web stories from scratch or facilitating cross-departmental product launches, Émilie's main goal is to have fun and be creative on the job (which typically requires the use of GIFs, emojis and exclamation points). After spending two years rotating between departments and different long-term projects, Émilie has settled down to work with podcasts, currently focused on Hunting Warhead and the upcoming season of Uncover.