Guy Raz is host, co-creator, and editorial director of two wildly popular NPR programs, the TED Radio Hour and How I Built This. Since joining NPR in 1997, he has served in a huge variety of roles, notably, as weekend host of All Things Considered and Bureau Chief for both Berlin and London. He also spent two years in television journalism working for CNN. As a host and correspondent, he has interviewed more than 6,000 people. For his work he has received the Edward R. Murrow Award and Daniel Schorr Journalism prize, the National Headliner Award, and an NABJ, in addition to many others. More information on Guy’s work can be found on NPR’s website .
Just as important as his super-serious news career, Guy is a father of two boys. He has performed as narrator in a DC children’s theater production of “Cat in the Hat,” and helped design a neighborhood playground. Guy also loves eating hard-boiled eggs, coaching baseball, and riding bikes with his wife and kids.
Mindy Thomas is the Gracie Award winning host of the inimitable Absolutely Mindy Show. She can be heard weekday mornings on SiriusXM’s Kid’s Place Live Channel, of which Mindy served as Program Director for ten years. Mindy is known as an expert and advocate for children’s literature and independent family music. She’s proven that kid’s programming can be smart, interesting, and compelling for both children and adults without sacrificing an ounce of silliness. She talks to imaginary friends (her listeners), sends kids on incredible imaginary adventures by flushing them down her “Portal Potty”, and has the super ability to keep children and adults laughing together on their morning commutes. She has hosted live events for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Children’s Miracle Network, and Life is Good and conducted thousands of interviews with everyone from The Muppets to Julie Andrews.
When she’s not living out her childhood dreams ‘playing radio’, she’s exploring the world with her husband and two curious and creative kids. She loves the outdoors, especially kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. She started an adventure club for moms called The Action Adventure Girls Club and she’s even jumped out of a plane on a skydiving adventure! She has no plans of ever growing up.
Meredith Halpern-Ranzer, is an Emmy-nominated children’s media executive. Meredith was a key member of the start-up team responsible for building the brand of Sprout, from 2005 to 2015. She held many positions in her tenure including VP of Creative, VP of Alternative Programming and Executive Producer and was responsible for developing and overseeing branding, promotions, shorts, specials and original programming blocks, including Sunny Side Up and The Good Night Show. Prior to joining Sprout, Meredith learned the answer to the burning question of her childhood when she found out how to get, how to get to Sesame Street where she worked for eight years as a producer and editor. She is a founding member and on the board of directors of Children’s Media Association.
Meredith is a constant seeker of WOW in her world with her husband, 9-year-old son and a dog named Shuggie. She loves camping, geocaching, the ocean, and making stuff with her hands.