Photo credit: Maria Budner

Photo credit: Maria Budner

Ali Budner is an award-winning radio producer and journalist based in Oakland, California.

She was first inspired by the art of interviews and audio storytelling when she joined Inside Out, as a producer on Brown Student Radio in 2003.  Since then, she's gone on to work with The Kitchen Sisters' Hidden Kitchens, KPFA’s Full Circle,  and KALW’s CrosscurrentsFrom 2010 to 2014 she worked full time as producer for KALW's daily live public affairs call-in show, Your Call, with Rose Aguilar.

While at KALW, Ali reported and co-produced an hour long documentary, The Race To An Emergency, about the 9-1-1 system in Oakland, California. In 2014, the piece was honored with several awards including the national Edward R. Murrow award for best radio news documentary in a large market.  

In late 2014, Ali traveled to Fukushima, Japan with a group of journalists from San Francisco State University to report on the long term aftermath of the tsunami and radiation disaster of 2011.  

In 2015, Ali was a Fellow with Michael Pollan's 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship at UC Berkeley, where she reported about solutions to urban food deserts in the Central Valley.  

As a freelancer Ali specializes in feature and documentary work.  Her areas of interest are health, immigration, environment, food and farming, and social justice. Her work has aired on PRI's The World, NPR's Latino USA, WHYY's The Pulse, KALW's Crosscurrents, KQED News, Capital Public RadioValley Public Radio, KPFACalifornia HealthlineiHealthBeat, and The National Radio Project’s Making Contact. Ali also writes for Bay Nature Magazine and she's a member of the Solutions Journalism Network.