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Meet the Team

Maureen Fiedler, SL
Host and Executive Producer

Maureen Fiedler is the creator and host of Interfaith Voices. Maureen is also the editor of two books: Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words, and co-editor of Rome Has Spoken: A Guide to Forgotten Papal Statements, and How They Have Changed Through the Centuries.

Maureen has been an active participant in interfaith activities for more than three decades, including coalitions working for social justice, racial or gender equality, LGBT rights and peace.  In earlier years, she was an activist for the Equal Rights Amendment, one of 8 women to fast for 37 days in 1982 in Springfield, IL for the ERA.

Maureen is a Sister of Loretto and holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University. Her special interests lie at the intersection of theology and public policy.

Ruth Morris
Senior Producer

Ruth Morris has reported from South America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East, covering everything from drug violence and kidnappings to U.S. immigration policy and the resurgence of Buddhism in China. Her radio work has included features on a parking garage stacked like a deck of cards, a free diver who takes inspiration from his dogs, and a young Chinese actor who named himself ‘Yes.’

Ruth holds a master's degree from Northwestern University and was awarded an International Reporting Project fellowship in 2016 to report on religion in Indonesia.

Laura Kwerel
Senior Producer

Laura brings to the show her love of radio and oral history. The producer since 2007, she is especially intrigued by the mysterious, mystical side of religion. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and studied psychology and film studies at the College of William and Mary. Laura is ecstatic that 10 years of Hebrew school have finally come in handy.

As the longtime producer, she has had the pleasure of booking some very interesting people over the years, including David Lynch, Leonard Nimoy, Anne Rice and MC Hammer. She has earned seven journalism awards for the show, for stories including her five-part series on sacred sound, a story on the sacred musical traditions of ancient Syria, and more recently, a piece on an Israeli reality TV show called "Liturgical Poet."

Abby Holtzman
Associate Producer for 2016-2017

Abby is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where she studied psychology and English. There, she worked for the daily newspaper and in the Interfaith Center, where she organized spoken storytelling events featuring students and faculty of faith.

She also attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, where she studied nonfiction writing and new media. Her stories included a feature on a zebra-themed fashion show run by a local Russian-American seamstress and an interview with the writer Lois Lowry about grief.

Joanna Broder
Assisting Producer

Before joining Interfaith Voices, Joanna Broder reported for The Boston Globe Magazine, Chicago Tribune Media Group, The Jewish Week,, Pain-Free Living Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and Medscape. She has also studied audio documentary at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. When not reporting, she enjoys exploring new places and hiking.