Nancy Updike is an American public radio producer and writer. Her work has been featured on radio programs including This American Life and All Things Considered, and has been published in The New York Times Magazine, LA Weekly, The Boston Globe, and Salon.com. She graduated from Amherst College in 1991.
This American Life
Updike won a Peabody Award in 1996 for her work as a producer on This American Life. She won the Edward R. Murrow Award for news documentary (2005), and the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Award for the episode of This American Life about private contractors in Iraq titled "I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help."
Updike is a producer and co-creator of the true crime podcast Serial. Early in production, the creative team found the story falling flat and Updike is credited with asking, "Where's the hunt?," which transformed Sarah Koening, the show's narrator, into the show's protagonist.
- "A Businessman's Life in Gaza". NPR.org. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
- "The Peabody Awards | An International Competition for Electronic Media, honoring achievement in Television, Radio, Cable and the Web – Administered by University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication". WINNERS - 1990'S. The Peabody Awards. Archived from the original on 31 October 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- "I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help | This American Life". KCRW. 30 July 2006. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
- "266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help". This American Life. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
- Sternbergh, Adam. "How Podcasts Learned to Speak". Vulture. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
- This American Life archive, Updike's segments on the show