Welcome to TruckBeat
Meet our authors
Matt Shafer Powell manages the news department at WUOT in Knoxville, Tennessee. A two-time national Murrow Award winner, Powell is an audio junkie who has spent time as a disc jockey, news reporter, writer/producer of commercials and sound recording engineer. He created TruckBeat's sister project at WUOT, Tenn Words.
Jess Mador is the creator of TruckBeat for WUOT. She's an award-winning public radio reporter, writer, producer and storyteller who has produced stories for news organizations around the country, including Minnesota Public Radio, NPR News and PBS member stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Leslie Snow is a freelance producer for WUOT. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. Leslie has been working on special projects for WUOT since 2010. She also writes a weekly column for the Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper. She has large dogs, small cats and medium-sized kids.
Phil Batta is an award-winning cinematographer and director who specializes in creating short-form documentaries and visually rich multiplatform media for social impact. His work appears on PBS, The New Yorker, UK Channel 4, ITN, The Guardian, ABC7, CNN and ITVS. He's also shot and edited projects honored as official selections at international film festivals and exhibitions. Batta is currently directing two documentaries exploring youth social justice and gender equality.
Sam Keenan is a visual artist, UX Illustrator, musician and composer who works in multimedia production. He is an ex-longtime public radio recording engineer and producer and current public radio refugee. Keenan coproduces Level with Emily Reese – @LevelwithEmily – a podcast about the video game industry.
Liz Wood is a senior in Linguistics at the University of Tennessee. She’s held News Editor and Staff Writer positions at the Daily Beacon, and Layout Editor at the Tangerine, UT's satirical news publication. Liz is passionate about writing, learning about language and sociolinguistics. She also enjoys photography and visual art.