Meet the Staff at Marfa Public Radio

Elise Pepple
General Manager

Elise began her career in public radio in 2008 when she brought StoryCorps to Alaska. She continued working for StoryCorps during their Alaska Initiative, relocating to the northwest Arctic. In 2011, Elise produced and hosted a radio show celebrating sense of place in Sitka, Alaska for KCAW. She left Alaska to study radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Study. Elise was a Creative Community Fellow with National Art Strategies for her work using storytelling to build community. She co-produced Portland Brick: a project building public memory in collaboration with The City of Portland, Maine. At Marfa Public Radio Elise aims to use both old school and new school techniques to make the station a lifeline, a beacon for the stories of West Texas, and a center for media innovation.


 

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News Director, Border and Immigration Reporter, and Morning Edition Host

Before joining MPR, Carlos worked at KWBU in West Texas. While there he covered a range of topics from education to poverty. He joined Marfa Public Radio in April 2017 as Morning Edition host and reporter.

In the past, he’s also worked with the Voces Oral History Project, a group the records the histories of Latina/o World War II veterans. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Carlos strongly believes in the power of radio to bridge divides.

When he’s not listening to the radio, you can find him exploring the West Texas lands.


Jackson Wisdorf
All Things Considered Host

Jackson was born in Plano, Texas and lived in North Texas until moving to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University. After graduating from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media and Communication, he moved to Marfa in August of 2015 to intern for Marfa Public Radio, and was hired on in July of 2016.

Other than working at MPR, Jackson enjoys talking [at great length] about beer, listening to music and cooking. When not hosting All Things Considered, he hosts No Country for Old Music and Thee Midnight Snack.


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Diana Nguyen
West Texas Talk Host/Producer and Reporter

Diana Nguyen reports for Marfa Public Radio where she also hosts and produces the interview program West Texas Talk.

Nguyen grew up in Houston and studied Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas. She was a student at the Transom Story Workshop, a 2017 Next Generation Radio Fellow, and an AIR New Voices Scholar in 2019. Her work explores the stories and forces that shape the people and places of Far West Texas.


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Mitch Borden
Permian Basin Reporter and Producer

Mitch first picked up a microphone as a radio producer in Nome, Alaska. There he did everything from covering the Iditarod to hosting the morning music show. After his time in the north, he was hooked on radio. So, he attended the Transom Story Workshop to hone his skills and then returned to the 49th state to work as a reporter in Kodiak and Bristol Bay.

Originally from Michigan, Mitch is excited to move to West Texas and join Marfa Public Radio’s news team as its Midland reporter. When he’s not covering the news you’ll probably find him wandering around with his camera and a cup of coffee.


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Sally Beauvais
Rural Life Reporter and Producer

Sally Beauvais got her start in audio production working with Tiny Circus, a traveling stop-motion animation group that works in collaborative documentary storytelling. She interned with Marfa Public Radio in 2014, and ran the station’s Youth Media Program until 2017. Now, she heads up West Texas Wonders, a reporting series that flips the newsroom inside out and asks the public to choose the stories KRTS covers.

Sally has a degree in English from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She enjoys long drives and needs a new car.


Lisa Kettyle
Office Manager

Lisa Kettyle has a rich background in management and the performing arts. Her experience includes venue ownership, office management, stage management, music festival work. She has worked with Broadway performers, dance professionals, and musicians from across the globe.

Lisa also hosts From the Porch, a radio program featuring the music of musicians that live, tour, or write in Far West Texas.


Hannah Siegel-Gardner
Director of Membership & Individual Giving

Hannah Siegel-Gardner joined the staff of Marfa Public Radio in September 2019.