Kayla calls home wherever she is at the moment. Right now it's Las Vegas, Nevada. But after spending her adolescence in idyllic western Maine, she moved to New York in 2018 to pursue her education at Barnard College. While on a gap year, she found a passion for cooking and baking, and found that food has an incredible healing power. She joined Heritage Radio Network to combine her love of food with her interest in research, archives, and oral histories. She loves citrus fruits and sitting in grass fields.
Stella is a rising junior at Sarah Lawrence College, with a concentration in journalism. Her passion for food justice was ignited by a Food Environments, Health, and Social Justice class in college. However, her love of food began as a child, watching the Food Network and mimicking her favorite chefs in the kitchen. As a DC native who spent many of her childhood years in Abu Dhabi, she has developed an appreciation for diverse food culture and traditional foodways. When she is not eating her way through Trader Joe’s frozen meal selection or trying new recipes, she enjoys nature wa...
Rana’s love for food came naturally growing up in a Persian-American household, with parents who are always eager to travel and explore different flavors through cooking and new restaurants. As her love for food developed, so did her curiosity about people and she became fascinated with food as a lens into culture and as a tool to understand the geopolitical history of a place. While studying at ASU, she explored this in her honors thesis titled, “Food as a Vehicle to Break Down Barriers”. Now in San Francisco, Rana has leaned in to her love for bringing people together over food,...
Annie was born and raised in central Illinois, but left the corn fields to study in Boston. Throughout school, she maintained her love of food by force feeding her roommates different variations of dorm-kitchen vegan cheese. Annie went on to work with a cook at a drug rehab center, which sparked her interest in healing through food. She moved to New York to attend culinary school, focusing on medicinal cooking. Newly graduated, she now works at a vegetarian Ayurvedic restaurant. She strongly believes both pears and pineapple-upside-down cake are underrated, enjoys inspirational no...
Aviva (she/her) is a San Francisco native currently studying International Development with minors in Russian Literature and French at McGill University. She loves buying, cooking, eating, and talking about food and is interested in sustainable food systems and the rise of plant-based food products. At school she hosts a podcast about the field of international development studies and is involved in several organizations that promote sexual and reproductive health education on campus. You can usually find her listening to podcasts, practicing film photography or making her way thr...
Bianca (she/her) was born and raised in Hong Kong to a Filipino family, so that her love of food is as inevitable as it is culturally endowed. Moving between a new home in San Francisco and Ithaca, New York, she is enamoured by the ways that cuisine writes personal and migratory histories and modern moments. Bianca attends Cornell University, where she majors in anthropology, has accidentally picked up minors in nutrition and science and technology studies, captains her varsity equestrian team, and is writing a thesis with the working title of “Feminisms within the Food as Medicin...
Vaidehi (she/her) was born and raised in Pune, India but moved to Granville, Ohio in 2018 to study History at Denison University. While Vaidehi is not a gifted cook, she is interested in reading, writing, researching, and learning about everything food-related. She is particularly passionate about food history and culture. As a Radio and Research Intern, Vaidehi is looking forward to diving into the world of food and audio journalism at the Heritage Radio Network this Spring.
Nora grew up in New Jersey and spent the last four years in Vermont, studying at Middlebury College. She graduated last spring with a degree in history and public health. Later this year, Nora will depart on an international research fellowship to study soup kitchens and communal dining. She’s excited to be working with the HRN team.
Anna (she/her) is a recent graduate of Cornell University who was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. As the daughter of a restaurant manager, she’s been surrounded by food for her entire life, but she discovered her personal passion for food systems through the lens of sustainability. She studied environment and sustainability, and fell in love with audio storytelling during her senior year. Outside of HRN she works on a sustainable agriculture podcast called Field Work. When she’s not doing radio, she can be found listening to music, doing stuff outside, or crocheting. She’s ...
Sara (she/her) is a Philadelphia native who learned to love food through her father’s home cooking prepared with produce from their backyard garden. After graduating from Vassar College in 2019, Sara settled in Brooklyn, where she blossomed into a veritable podcast junkie. Sara is looking forward to exploring history and policy alongside food culture as she steps into the audio journalism arena.