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 for At Liberty, the ACLU's podcast, where she has guest hosted several episodes. 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. She has reported for New York Amsterdam News and NPR Music, 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