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, head of audio and editor of 7am

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 Acute Misfortune, On Kate Jennings and the poetry collection I Said The Sea Was Folded.

Ruby Schwartz, senior producer

Ruby Schwartz is an audio producer and storyteller. 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 Snap Judgement.

Anu Hasbold, supervising producer

Anu is a documentary filmmaker and podcast producer. Formerly head of short-form video at Vice, Anu supervised editorial video across the Asia-Pacific region. As a senior producer at Vice, she produced and directed documentaries for SBS VICELAND and Vice’s digital channels. Recently she worked at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and she also directed a documentary film for Al Jazeera and series produced podcasts for Spotify and Netflix.

Atticus Bastow, technical 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, 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.

Alex Gow, producer

Alex Gow is a podcast producer, ARIA award-winning musician, and photographer. In addition to producing 7am, Alex produces and hosts the One Guitar podcast, a show that explores the songwriting process with guests including Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, Bernard Fanning. As the songwriter behind musical projects Oh Mercy and Perfect Moment, Alex also has an extensive, critically acclaimed recorded music catalogue.

Kara Jensen-Mackinnon, producer

Kara Jensen-Mackinnon is a digital storyteller and award-winning audio producer. Before 7am, Kara produced Temporary, a podcast about refugees living in limbo on temporary visas, which won the NSW Humanitarian award for media. Prior to that she was commercial editor for Guardian Australia, and she has created work for the Sydney Opera House, ABC Radio National, Sydney Festival and the UNSW Centre for Ideas.

Brian Campeau, audio engineer

Brian Campeau is an audio engineer and musician. He moved from Montreal to Australia in 2002 and has since worked on multiple recording projects for artists such as Angus and Julia Stone and All Our Exes Live in Texas. He’s mixed live acts such as Ron Sexsmith, Perfume Genius and They Might Be Giants, and he’s performed his own music around Australia in venues such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Recital Hall.

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