The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, are award-winning NPR documentary producers who have been working together for more than twenty-five years. They are the creators of the popular Hidden Kitchens series on Morning Edition, the Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost and Found Sound, and the post 9-11 Sonic Memorial Project, co-produced with colleague, Jay Allison. Their most recent series, The Hidden World of Girls, has been airing this spring.
As independent producers, they are the creators of more than 200 stories for public broadcast about the lives, histories, art and rituals of people who have shaped our diverse cultural heritage. They are the recipients of numerous awards including the duPont-Columbia Award, two Peabodys, three Audies and many others. They are the authors of Hidden Kitchens, Stories, Recipes and More from NPR�s The Kitchen Sisters, a 2005 New York Times Notable Book and a James Beard nominee.
The Kitchen Sisters are involved in educating and training new voices for public media. They teach at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, the Social Documentary Graduate Program at UC Santa Cruz and give presentations and workshops at universities, radio stations, and public events throughout the country and abroad. They have an active internship program and participate in the public radio community throughout the country. Their non-profit organization, The Kitchen Sisters Productions is dedicated to exploring complex cultural issues through personal stories, bringing seldom heard voices to air, and building community through storytelling.
In addition to producing radio, Davia Nelson is also a screenwriter and casting director. She lives in San Francisco. Nikki Silva is also a museum curator and exhibit consultant. She lives with her family on a commune near Santa Cruz, California.
Jane Ganahl has been a journalist, author, editor and arts organizer in San Francisco for more than 25 years. She is the co-founder and co-director of Litquake � the west coast�s largest independent literary festival, the author of �Naked on the Page: the Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife,� and editor of the anthology, �Single Woman of a Certain Age: 28 Women Writers on the Unmarried Midlife.� She has contributed essays to five other anthologies. Ganahl has also been a journalist for almost three decades, most of that time with San Francisco newspapers, covering everything from City Hall to pop culture. During her final five years at the Chronicle she penned the �Single Minded� Sunday column about the unmarried life. Jane has chaired panels at the Commonwealth Club, Book Expo America, Book Group Expo, and various other conferences. She has appeared on numerous TV programs, including �The Today Show,� and innumerable radio shows, from Sirius network to NPR. Her work can now be found on Huffington Post and Match.com; she has also contributed to Harper�s Bazaar, Ladies� Home Journal, Harp, Parenting, Book, Salon.com, Vanity Fair.com and Rolling Stone.com.