Ellen Horne | Columbia Journalism School

Ellen Horne

Adjunct Faculty


Ellen Horne is the founder of Story Mechanics, a production company specializing in podcasts, live show tours, scoring and sound design. For 12 years, she produced Radiolab as Execuive Producer. During her tenure at Radiolab, she led the award-winning editorial production team (George Foster Peabody Awards [twice], Murrow Awards, National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Futures Communication Award, the Kavli Science Journalism Award, the National Community Broadcasters Association’s Golden Reel Award (twice) and five Third Coast Audio Festival Awards.)  While at New York Public Radio, she worked with On The Media, the Brian Lehrer ShowThe Takeaway, she created several podcasts (IQ2US Live Debates, TED Audio Talkspodcast) and hosted the Mad Men Pre-Game Show.

At Cornell College she earned an undergraduate degree in Theater and Religion. Ellen has a soft spot for theatrical touring shows. She directed and produced three national touring productions for Radiolab. Ellen was Executive Producer for Original Content at Audible, where she created original programming (Ponzi Supernova, Twain’s Feast, Pitch, Mortal City). Prior to her career in narrative audio storytelling, Ellen was a development director for a marine conservation non-profit.