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Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs

Lead Sound Designer, Engineer & Composer


Jim Briggs III is the lead sound designer, engineer and composer for Reveal. A composer and musician, Briggs writes much of the musical score for the public radio show and podcast and leads Reveal's efforts in composition for data sonification and live Reveal performances. He also records music under the name Version Control. Prior to joining Reveal in 2014, Briggs mixed and recorded for many public radio programs and podcasts, including “Marketplace,” “Selected Shorts,” “Death, Sex & Money,” “The Longest Shortest Time,” NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” “Radiolab,” “Freakonomics Radio” and “Soundcheck.” He was also the sound re-recording mixer and sound editor for several PBS television documentaries, including “American Experience: Walt Whitman” and “The Supreme Court” miniseries. His music credits include albums by R.E.M., Paul Simon and Kelly Clarkson. Briggs won an Emmy Award in 2016 and 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 university level and has a master's degree in media studies from The New School. Briggs is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.



The city (revealed)

An illegal dump in Chicago was part of a federal investigation that brought down corrupt politicians, but it left residents angry and feeling used.

Dec 22, 2018

Sounding out the border wall

Using a map of the existing barriers between the U.S. and Mexico that our data team created, Reveal turns data into sound.

Mar 4, 2017