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Ali Budner came to KALW as a volunteer reporter with Crosscurrents in early 2009, then joined the Your Call team as a producer in March of 2010. She loves the dynamic daily interactions of live radio and the inspiring guests and listeners that Your Call attracts. She continues to make stories for Crosscurrents in her free time.
Ali continued to explore the world through radio as an intern with the Kitchen Sisters in San Francisco in 2006 and then in Berkeley as a member of the KPFA First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She graduated from First Voice in 2008, after 18 months of training, including six months of co-producing the radio magazine, Full Circle.
Aside from her radio work, Ali has been a farmer, a yoga teacher, an ESL teacher and an herbalist. She continues to teach classes in the Bay Area on the uses of medicinal plants.
Ali has always been a writer – compelled by people, their voices and their stories. But she first found her way to radio as a college student in 2003 when she got involved with the program, Inside Out, on Brown Student Radio.
She loves her daily bicycle commute through MacLaren Park to KALW and her after-work routine of lending a hand on her sister’s urban farm in the Mission Terrace neighborhood of San Francisco.