Vanessa Handy is an award-winning podcast producer and journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. She crafts stories that focus on race, culture, the arts, and identity.
Currently, she's the Associate Producer of At Liberty, the ACLU's podcast, where she has guest-hosted several episodes. She is a part of the Association of Independents in Radio's (AIR) New Voices program for 2024. Previously, she helped produce notable programs including WNYC's Notes from America with Kai Wright,  NPR's Life Kit, where her work won a 2023 Gracie Award, and GBH's Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. Her writing has appeared in New York Amsterdam News, NPR Music, and Huffington Post. She has written newsletters for National Public Radio's Training Team  and taught media literacy for Poynter's MediaWise initiative. She was also an  Emma Bowen Foundation fellow.
Vanessa holds a bachelor's degree in media, culture, and communication from New York University.
Outside of work, you can find her listening to 2000s pop hits, reading romance novels, or fantasizing about the end of capitalism. 
Photo by Erin Silber