April 24, 1972 |
|Education||University of California, Davis
Goldsmiths, University of London
|Notable credit(s)||All Things Considered (NPR)
Day to Day (NPR)
The World (PRI)
Studio 360 (PRI)
This American Life (PRI)
The Savvy Traveler (PRI)
Weekend America (APM)
Jake Warga (born April 24, 1972) is an American radio journalist and contributor to various public radio organizations, including National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. Warga is also a professional photographer and prolific travel writer, having traveled to, and reported from, six of the seven continents.
Jake Warga was born in Hollywood, California, to Wayne and Carol Warga (née Reese); his father was a writer for Life Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. He grew up primarily in Sherman Oaks, California, and attended grade school at Sherman Oaks Elementary School and high school at Landmark West School (later renamed Westmark School) in Encino, California. Warga received a Bachelor of Science in anthropology from UC Davis in 1995 and a Master of Arts in visual anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2003. Warga currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
During and after college, Warga worked as an assistant cameraman on several Hollywood films including, Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway (1993), Nice Guys Sleep Alone (1999), The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000), and Mimic 2 (2001). He was also the cinematographer for the films Lineage (1997) and Sleep When You're Dead (1997).
In 1996, while working in Hollywood, Warga became interested in public radio almost by happenstance. When a colleague asked him for help recording an audio documentary about homeless people's pets, he went online in search of technical help and found a website called Transom.org. Using tools recommended by Transom and working with Transom editors, Warga co-produced his first piece, "Street Dogs," which aired on Seattle's National Public Radio affiliate KUOW (94.9FM). Since then, Warga has contributed a number of stories to public radio programs, including National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Day to Day; American Public Media's Weekend America; and Public Radio International's The World, Studio 360, This American Life and the now defunct The Savvy Traveler. His stories have been broadcast throughout the world and are archived on the Hearing Voices website (www.hearingvoices.com). A personal essay of his, "Father's Day," which aired on Weekend America, won the 2005 Golden Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
From December 2009 to January 2010, Warga embedded with U.S. soldiers in Iraq, reporting for Marketplace and The World. He did a popular series of radio pieces asking what soldiers were listening to on their iPods as a way to understanding their personal experiences about deployment.
Warga currently has an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum called “Faces”, a multi-media project combining one hundred photographic portraits of various Africans with ambient sounds collected from the field.
Warga’s stock photography is represented by both Corbis Images and Getty Images.
Warga occasionally lectures and tells stories at Seattle's non-profit community writing center, Richard Hugo House; has been a guest lecturer at University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; and served on a panel about freelancing in the 21st century at University of Washington's Department of Communications in 2009.
- Society for Professional Journalists' 2002 Mark of Excellence Award for "Radio Feature Reporting"
- National Federation of Community Broadcasters' 2005 Golden Reel Award for "Personal Essay"
- Golden Reel Award 2005 for "Father's Day," National Federation of Community Broadcasters
- "Wayne Warga; Entertainment Writer and Novelist". Los Angeles Times. 1994-04-30.
- "Westmark School, History and Mission". Westmark School. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
- "Jake Warga". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
- Simon, Clea (2003-08-07). "For Aspiring Raconteurs, an Online Portal to Public Radio". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
- Robertson, Lori (October 2001). "Over the Transom". American Journalism Review. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "Street Dogs". Transom.org. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
- "Jake Warga's work at Hearing Voices". Hearing Voices. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
- "Golden Reel Awards - 2005 Winners". National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "Asses of the World". Jake Warga. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
- "21st Century Freelancing: The Risks and Returns of Independent Reporting". The Common Language Project. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
- "2002 Mark of Excellence Awards". Society for Professional Journalists. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
- "2005 Golden Reel Awards". National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Retrieved 2009-11-04.