Abbie Fentress Swanson lives in Los Angeles, where she produces podcasts, writes stories about food and farming, and teaches journalism classes. She is executive producer of I, Survivor, a new podcast from Wondery featuring the stories of people who’ve overcome sexual assault, terrorist attacks and other extremely traumatic events. Abbie also is an online journalism instructor for the University of Maryland.
In 2016 and 2017, Abbie was supervising producer of KCRW’s “Good Food” show. Abbie’s stories have aired on the NPR 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.
Prior to moving to California in 2015, Abbie was a reporter on the farm beat for Harvest Public Media and KBIA in Missouri. She studied the environmental impacts of meat production as part of a 2014-’15 Knight-Wallace fellowship in Michigan, and worked on the arts and culture desk at WNYC Radio in New York before that. Her stories have won Edward R. Murrow awards, 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