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Tonya Mosley has always been fascinated by stories that illustrate the complexities of the human condition. When she was a kid, a friend’s father nicknamed her “Scoop.” It was the perfect name for what Tonya would one day become. As an Emmy and Murrow award winning television, radio and print journalist, Tonya has used her curiosity and tenacity to find and expose truths for the greater good of society. Tonya currently serves as the Silicon Valley bureau chief for KQED, where she leads a team of journalists covering the impacts of technology companies on society.
Tonya is represented in the Truth Be Told tarot deck by The Magician because she is the master manifestor -- making this project possible with her commitment to possibility, spirit of joy, and profoundly deep wisdom. The magician card represents having a true intention when creating, something Tonya has in abundance. As the magician of this project, she has not only been attuned to the process of making this show come to life, but also vulnerable and open in seeking complex answers to difficult questions.
Cristina Kim is the producer for Truth Be Told as well as Forum, KQED’s live call-in program. Before joining KQED, Cristina was the engagement and collaboration manager at The Center for Investigative Reporting/ Reveal, where she produced creative engagement strategies to reach and serve new and underserved communities. When she’s not asking people their birthdays to figure out what astrological sign they are, she finds joy in poetry, dancing, and chisme breaks. She holds a master’s in American Studies from Brown University and Columbia University and a bachelor’s in Latin American & Latino Studies from UC Santa Cruz.
Cristina is represented in the Truth Be Told tarot deck by The Sun, because of her positive energy, sparkling intelligence and vitality. The sun card represents a giant YES, a harbinger of future joy, new opportunities and friendships. That pretty much sums up Cristina, as a producer and a person. As Truth be Told’s sun, she has illuminated new and creative forms of storytelling at every turn.
Sandhya Dirks, a skeptic at heart, has been leaning into the magic of the universe. As the editor of Truth Be Told, she is joyful to be working with brilliant women of color. Sandhya has reported on the presidential election from the swing state of Iowa, helped expose sexual harassment by the former mayor of San Diego, covers race and equity in Oakland and is the host of the podcast American Suburb. She previously edited KQED’s podcast "The Trials of Marvin Mutch." She lives in Oakland with her two cats and believes that all stories are stories about power.
Sandhya is represented by the Truth Be Told tarot deck by The Star because of her endless optimism, enthusiasm and sense of hope. The Star card represents a generous spirit that embraces transformation and brings forth fresh perspectives. As Truth Be Told’s star, Sandhya’s creativity and ability to bring forth the best in others speaks to both her skills as an editor and the joy she brings to all those that know her.
Enrico Benjamin is the mixer and sound designer for Truth Be Told. He spent over a decade in recording studios working on both commercial and corporate projects. He transitioned into television production where he mastered video editing and led numerous promotion and branding projects for NBC and CBS affiliates. Enrico has won multiple Emmy and Promax awards for his editing, mixing and music supervision. He has produced and mixed award-winning projects for NPR and PBS affiliates, and has provided sound design and original music for commercials and independent film.
Enrico is represented in the Truth Be Told tarot deck by The Temperance because of the serenity and balance he has brought to his masterful mixes of the show. The Temperance card speaks to the blending together of disparate elements to create something greater than its individual parts. That doesn’t just define the alchemy of sound design, it also speaks specifically to Rico’s grace and talent.
KQED Head of Podcasts
Julie Caine’s heart is in her ears. She leads podcasting at KQED, where she oversees strategy, a vibrant podcast portfolio, and new show development. She helped found Jetty Studios, an international podcast unit for the Al Jazeera Media Network, where she launched Closer Than They Appear and Game of Our Lives. She’s a founding producer and editor on The Stoop and The Specialist podcasts, and was managing producer at KALW Public Radio, a springboard for many well-known podcasts—from 99% Invisible to Kamau Right Now to Snap Judgment. She believes in Grace Paley’s maxim that you must be a story listener to be a storyteller.
Julie is represented in the Truth Be Told tarot deck by The Hierophant because of the order she brings to making beautiful shows come to life. The Hierophant represents a mentor or teacher who passes on institutional wisdom. Upright, this card can signal lessons about working within a system. Upside down it can be about defying convention and becoming your own teacher. For Truth be Told, Julie has made both meanings possible.
Truth Be Told is funded in part by a grant from the California Wellness Foundation. With a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the foundation's vision is for every resident of California to enjoy good health and experience wellness.
Additional support provided by East Bay Community Foundation. To meet today’s social and economic challenges, the East Bay Community Foundation is working toward a vision of an inclusive, fair, and just East Bay – by investing in leaders, organizations, and movements, equitable outcomes are made possible for all.