Meet the SOTRU Team

Al Letson

Al Letson

Host / Executive Producer

Al Letson is a multi-talented playwright, performance artist and public radio personality who has garnered national acclaim for his distinctive voice and vision. As host of WJCT’s State of the Re:Union, he provides a riveting look at American communities that airs on more than 150 public radio stations across the U.S. The Jacksonville native is known for bringing his formidable creative skills to showcase compelling stories and community issues of import to listeners of all ages.

Letson has built a devoted fan base with soul-stirring, interdisciplinary work. Early in his career, he established himself as a heavyweight in the Poetry Slam Movement. In 2008, he was selected as a Public Radio Talent Quest winner from more than 1,400 participants, eventually developing his submission into the successful State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) public radio series. A former educator, Letson is also a professional playwright, actor and director.

While his many interests are diverse, the common theme in Letson’s work is his effort to bring people together. By examining difficult topics and influential historical themes, Letson strives to focus on our common humanity, while communicating with consummate artistry.

Brie-Burge

Brie Burge

Associate Director / Multimedia Producer

Brie Burge’s career has been a media medley, a delicious stew if you will.

Delaney Hall

Delaney Hall

Producer

Delaney also loves teaching radio, and has worked with young people at Street Level Youth Media, Texas Folklife, and the University of Chicago.

Laura Starecheski

Laura Starecheski

Radio Producer

Before joining SOTRU, Laura wrangled stories in the wild west of public radio freelancing.

Marietta Synodis

Marietta Synodis

Senior Researcher

Marietta began focusing on radio in 2009 and enjoys the thrill of capturing the sounds of a great story and sharing them with others.

Taki Telonidis

Taki Telonidis

Content & Story Editor

Taki Telonidis has collaborated with host Al Letson since 2007, when the original pilot for State of the Re:Union took top prize in a national talent quest.

Tina Antolini

Tina Antolini

Radio Producer / Relentless Reporter

Since she started making radio at the tender age of 15, Tina Antolini has produced stories on everything from the sex lives of lobsters to Iraqi religious minorities.