Abbie Fentress Swanson produces podcasts and teaches journalism classes in Los Angeles. She is currently the executive producer of “I, Survivor,” a podcast from Wondery featuring the stories of women (and some men) who have persisted, and is a communications instructor for the University of Maryland.
Swanson’s stories have aired on the National Public Radio programs “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered” and “Here & Now.” She has written essays for Modern Farmer magazine, the food and travel website Roads & Kingdoms, NPR’s The Salt blog and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2016 and 2017, Swanson was the supervising producer of KCRW’s “Good Food” show.
Prior to moving to California, Swanson covered food and farming for Harvest Public Media and KBIA in Missouri, studied the environmental impacts of meat production in Michigan as part of a 2014-’15 Knight-Wallace fellowship and worked on the arts and culture desk at WNYC Radio in New York. Several of her stories have won Edward R. Murrow awards. She’s worked on teams which have won Associated Press and Online News Association prizes, and James Beard and International Association of Culinary Professionals award nominations.
Swanson grew up in central Virginia and is an alumna of the College of William & Mary and the University of California-Berkeley journalism program. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @dearabbie.
Photo of Abbie Fentress Swanson eating bugs in Thailand by Stan Lee, Fried Chicken Sandwich Studios and 2016 James Beard Foundation visual storytelling award winner