Meet the Staff at Marfa Public Radio

Elise Pepple
Executive Director

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 went on study radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Study in Maine.

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.

Lisa Kettyle
Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Kettyle has a rich background in management and the performing arts. Her experience includes venue ownership, office management, stage management, and 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
Development Director

Hannah has spent the past 15 years working in fundraising, marketing, and communications for a variety of Houston industries, including the Menil Collection, Hewlett-Packard, and national hotel and beverage brands such as Hilton and Pernod Ricard. She holds graduate degrees in communication and statistics from the London School of Economics and Oxford University. 

Hannah is a life long public radio listener and moved to Marfa with her two children and husband in 2019.

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Carlos Morales
Border and Immigration Reporter

Carlos has worn numerous hats at the station over the years — at one point he was simultaneously the station’s Morning Edition host, news director and a reporter.

He was the local host of Morning Edition from April 2017 to July 2020. 

As news director, he led coverage that won scores of Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and three National Edward R. Murrows — the most the station has ever received.

Carlos has covered a range of topics, including the impacts of the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, West Texas wildfires, the El Paso shooting, and much more.

Before joining MPR, he was a reporter at KWBU in Waco and 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.

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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.

When he’s not covering the news you’ll probably find him wandering around with his camera and a cup of coffee.

Ari Snider
Morning Edition Host & Digital Reporter

Ari came to Marfa by way of Southeast Alaska, where he spent a year reporting and hosting at public radio stations in the small fishing towns of Petersburg and Sitka.

Prior to his stint in Alaska, he interned at radio stations in Vermont and Rhode Island. He enjoys reporting stories at the intersection of culture, politics, and the natural world.  

Ari grew up in Maine and got into audio storytelling during college. He loves hiking, riding his bicycle, and gardening.