7am is a daily news podcast from Schwartz Media 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.
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.
Sarah McVeigh, head of audio
Sarah McVeigh is an award-winning producer with a focus on new show development. Resistance, a show she co-created while at Gimlet Media, was named as one of the best podcasts of the year by The New Yorker, The New York Times and Vogue and recognised for excellence in trauma reporting by the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University. She was also a founding producer on New York magazine’s podcast The Cut On Tuesdays, where she reported and produced stories from across North America. She also created, reported and hosted the ABC podcast How Do You Sleep At Night? and reported from across Australia for triple j’s Hack.
Scott Mitchell, editor
Scott Mitchell is a journalist, producer and editor. He was previously the Digital Lead of ABC News Audio Current Affairs, where he led strategy and edited both longform investigations and breaking daily journalism from the ABC's flagship radio programs and podcasts. He was also part of the team that developed the ABC television series You Can't Ask That, which won the Rose d'Or for best factual entertainment program in the world. The format has now been sold to over 32 countries.
Chris Dengate, senior producer
Chris Dengate is an award winning producer and journalist. He was previously at ABC News where he was a founding producer on their flagship daily news podcasts ABC News Daily and The Signal, where he produced narrative news stories from across Australia. He won an NT Media award for producing The Gap, a short podcast series on Indigenous disadvantage in the NT. Previous to that, he was a producer and presenter on ABC NewsRadio delivering breaking news and current affairs coverage.
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.
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.
Cheyne Anderson, producer
Cheyne Anderson is a producer specialising in long form narrative audio. She has worked on podcasts for Triple J Hack (Who’s Gonna Save Us?); two seasons of the Eureka Prize winning Patient Zero for ABC Science; and Audio Studios titles Sirens are Coming, The Eleventh, and Unravel: Barranjoey Road. She has also made documentaries for Full Story, Earshot, Days like These, This is About and hosted Think: Digital Futures for 2SER.
Zoltan Fecso, producer
Zoltan is a musician, composer and artist. His work with sound and the philosophies of listening have seen him invited to perform, exhibit, talk and take part in residencies nationally and overseas. His first podcasting project earned him an Australian Podcast Awards nomination, creating the original score and sound design for Childers in 2020. Since then, he has contributed to over 20 podcasts either as a producer, editor or composer. He is creating his own show about food, one of his other passions.