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Jay Shah

Associate Producer “Sound of Ideas”

Expertise: Environment, public policy, social issues, local music and arts, health and science, audio production and storytelling, solutions journalism

Education: State University of New York, Old Westbury - Bachelor of Arts, media and communications

Favorite spot in Northeast Ohio: Musica, Akron


Jay Shah is an associate producer for the "Sound of Ideas." A former WKSU news intern and freelance producer, she's a New Yorker at heart but making Ohio her home has been her best adventure so far. She is passionate about the environment, local arts and music and social justice issues. She wants to tell more stories highlighting tangible solutions surrounding climate, poverty, health equity and public policy. Her motto is, "There can be truth in opinion, but there is no opinion in the truth."


  • Covered Ohio Statehouse and local legislation, environment and public health issues as an intern for WKSU
  • Audio diary featured on NPR's "The Takeaway" with Melissa Harris-Perry for its "Slice of Life" series 
  • Former host/producer, "Down in the Dark with Darth Jayder," Old Westbury Web Radio (OWWR), 2014 - 2018
  • SUNY Old Westbury Media Arts Celebration (MAC) Award, Best Creative Production in Radio - 2017 & 2018
  • SUNY Old Westbury Media Arts Celebration (MAC) Award, Best Event Promo in Radio - 2018
  • Journalist of color and first generation immigrant

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