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Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs

Lead Sound Designer, Engineer & Composer

Biography

Jim Briggs III is the lead sound designer, engineer and composer for Reveal. He supervises post-production and composes original music for the public radio show and podcast. He also leads Reveal's efforts in composition for data sonification and live performances.

Prior to joining Reveal in 2014, Briggs mixed and recorded for clients such as WNYC Studios, NPR, the CBC and American Public Media. Credits include “Marketplace,” “Selected Shorts,” “Death, Sex & Money,” “The Longest Shortest Time,” NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” “Radiolab,” “Freakonomics Radio” and “Soundcheck.” He also was the sound re-recording mixer and sound editor for several PBS television documentaries, including “American Experience: Walt Whitman,” the 2012 Tea Party documentary "Town Hall" and “The Supreme Court” miniseries. His music credits include albums by R.E.M., Paul Simon and Kelly Clarkson.

Briggs' work with Reveal has been recognized with an Emmy Award (2016) and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards (2018, 2019). Previously, he was part of the team that won the Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma for its work on WNYC’s hourlong documentary special “Living 9/11.” He has taught sound, radio and music production at The New School and Eugene Lang College and has a master's degree in media studies from The New School. Briggs is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.

Articles

Scuttling Science

Advisory panels slashed — environmental regulations rolled back. How the Trump Administration uses questionable science to justify its policies.

Sep 14, 2019
Inequality

The right to boycott

We look at where an Israel boycott clause in employment contracts comes from and weigh it against the First Amendment right to free speech.

Sep 7, 2019
The (Un)Scientific Method

Farm wars

The herbicide dicamba is causing a civil war in farm country, honeybees are rustling in California’s almond groves and more.

Aug 31, 2019
Inequality

Year of return

We reflect on how the legacy of slavery has reverberated through the generations to the present.

Aug 24, 2019
The Cost of Choice

The cost of school choice

Dominique Martin was thrilled to get a state-funded voucher to send her daughter to private school. We go to Louisiana to investigate the cost of school choice.

Aug 17, 2019
Accountability

Harpooned by Facebook

As smart devices become a bigger part of our lives, we look at how Facebook and other companies profit from information about their users.

Aug 3, 2019
Sports

Lasting impact

In Oregon, the concussion protocols that were supposed to keep high school athletes safe end up falling short for a star quarterback.

Jul 27, 2019
Kids on the Line

In harm’s way

The federal government is quietly expanding its use of “tender age” shelters for migrant kids. We’ll tell you what we know.

Jul 20, 2019
Environment

Silencing science

President Donald Trump says he doubts humans have much of a role in climate change. His administration has sought to silence scientists.

Jul 13, 2019