About 7am

7am is a daily news podcast from the publisher of The Monthly and The Saturday Paper. It tells the news through in-depth interviews and sharp analysis.

Hosted by award-winning investigative journalist and documentary host Ruby Jones, 7am is a smart, strong, character-driven account of the big story of the day: the background, who’s involved, and why it matters. This is news with narrative, every weekday.

Ruby Jones, host

Ruby Jones is an award-winning investigative journalist and documentary host who has worked across Australia. She was the Marchbanks Young Journalist of the Year in 2015. Ruby was the host of the Walkley Award-nominated podcast series Barrenjoey Road, and she is currently writing a book based on her investigations.

Osman Faruqi, editor

Osman Faruqi is a journalist, writer and editor. He has worked as an editor at the ABC and was an award-winning reporter with the flagship audio documentary program Background Briefing. He presents on the ABC TV’s arts and culture program The Mix, and was previously News and Politics Editor at Junkee Media. He has judged the Walkley Awards and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and sat on the board of FBi Radio, where he also hosted the station’s news and current affairs program.

Erik Jensen, editor-in-chief

Erik Jensen is the editor-in-chief of Schwartz Media. He is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper. Erik has won the Walkley Award for Young Print Journalist of the Year and the United Nations Association of Australia's Media Peace Award. He has written for film and television and is the author of two books, Acute Misfortune and On Kate Jennings. His most recent work is Quarterly Essay 74.

Ruby Schwartz, producer

Ruby Schwartz is an audio producer, storyteller and researcher. Before 7am, Ruby worked at Pineapple Street Media in New York, providing production assistance for podcasts including Lena Dunham's The C-Word. Prior to that, Ruby was a research assistant for the vice-chancellor at the University of Melbourne, where she also produced podcasts including The Policy Shop and The Masterclass. Ruby is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop, and her work has aired on NPR's WGBH and WCAI, FBi Radio and JOY 94.9.

Atticus Bastow, engineer/producer

Atticus Bastow is an artist and sound technician. His work explores spatial and placial perception, and has been featured at MONA FOMA, NGV Australia, the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, Metropolis New Music, and Liquid Architecture. He is a co-creator/presenter of the professional wrestling documentary podcast series Behind The Belt, developed for the ABC, and holds a PhD in Sound Art from RMIT University.

Elle Marsh, features and field producer

Elle Marsh has a film and audio-storytelling background. She has worked in radio, podcasting and documentary-making, previously at The Age and also for SBS, Al Jazeera, Vice and independent production houses. Her work has also aired at international film and arts festivals including Antenna Documentary Film Festival.
This position is supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

Michelle Macklem, producer

Michelle Macklem is an audio producer and artist. Her work explores the relationship between people and their environments through sound. Her work has aired on KCRW, BBC, ABC RN, CBC, Radiotopia and WBEZ’s Re:sound. She is the co-founder of Constellations, a project that illuminates sound art from a community of international artists making audio works that convey meaning through evocation and abstraction.

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