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Meet the Team
Believe it or not, we have always had a permanent, full-time staff of just two people--since 2007, that's been Maureen and Laura--filled in with a devoted crew of interns and volunteers. Find out more about us:


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.

 

Laura Kwerel
Senior Producer

Laura brings to the show her love of radio and oral history. The senior 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.

She has earned five journalism awards for the show: for her five-part series on sacred  sound, and more recently, for her story on the sacred musical traditions of ancient Syria. Laura is ecstatic that 10 years of Hebrew school have finally come in handy.


Ruth Morris
Associate 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.
 

Arielle Zionts
Associate Producer for 2015-2016

Before joining Interfaith Voices, Arielle reported for In These Times magazine in Chicago and KPFA radio in Berkeley. She studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME and anthropology at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. When she isn't making or listening to public radio, she is riding her bike, petting other people's dogs, and asking big questions.

 

Katie Dreyer
Intern

Katie earned a B.A. in religious studies and English from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2014 and is currently pursuing a master's in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. She loves writing and researching, and is constantly looking for ways to combine her passion for theology, politics, and literature. In her spare time, she likes to hike, play with her dog, and drink copious amounts of coffee.