Chiquita Paschal is an award-winning arts journalist and podcaster on a mission to understand how creativity fuels human resilience. She specializes in developing and producing podcasts about art, culture and politics. Her production and editorial experience includes hard news, talk shows and highly-produced narrative storytelling.
She helped to produce Gimlet Media's Uncivil, which won a Peabody Award in 2018. Previously, she was a member of the "Pod Squad" at BuzzFeed where she produced episodes of Another Round, See Something Say Something and No One Knows Anything. Before podcasting, Chiquita reported and produced daily segments across public media, from NPR's Morning Edition to PRI's The World.
As a consultant and freelance editor, her current and recent projects include Essence's celebrity pop culture interview podcast Yes Girl, politically focused shows like Hysteria from Crooked Media and Democracy in Color and independent shows about art and culture such as The Witch Wave and her own pilot about the creative process called Spark!
In addition to the art of podcasting, Chiquita loves to talk business. She was the founding Program Manager of PRX's Podcast Garage, and a coordinating judge for Radiotopia’s 2016 Podquest competition, where she counseled the early development of the Peabody- nominated show Ear Hustle. In 2013 she served as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Executive Fellow, where she developed strategy, research and business models for the then-emerging podcast market.
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Chiquita graduated Hamilton College in Clinton, NY in 2010 with a degree in art and philosophy. She began her career as an arts reporter in New Mexico, and as editor for youth media organization Generation Justice at KUNM. She currently lives in Brooklyn. You can reach out on Twitter @ChiquitaPaschal, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.