Cecilia Vaisman teaches audio documentary at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. A co-founder of the journalism cooperative Homelands Productions, she has produced radio features and documentaries from Central and South America, the Caribbean, South Asia and the U.S., reporting extensively on identity and women's issues, the environment and development. Cecilia has been a staff producer at NPR, a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a special projects editor at Chicago Public Radio.
She has received the Clarion Award and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters' Golden Reel Award, as well as two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged. A series she co-produced on AIDS in Brazil won her an Armstrong Award. She produced the documentary series “When the Rainforest Burns” and created Argentina's first radio documentary news program for Radio América in Buenos Aires. She lives in Chicago with her husband, a journalist with the Chicago Tribune, and two teenage children.