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Walt Wolfram – Director of the Language and Life Project / Executive Producer

Walt founded the Language and Life Project in the 1990s to promote public awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity. In addition to more than 300 academic publications, he has authored numerous texts and magazine articles for the general public and overseen the production of a series of award-winning television programs on language, culture and identity.

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Jeffrey Reaser – Associate Director of the Language and Life Project

As an Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University, Jeffrey has been a leader in developing and testing language and dialect public education education curricula, including Voices of North Carolina: Language and Life from the Atlantic to the Appalachians. He oversaw the production of the oral history compilation Ocracoke Still Speaks and co-authored with Walt Wolfram Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina.

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Danica Cullinan – Documentary Producer

Danica is an Emmy award-winning producer of television documentaries, including Cedars in the Pines, Spanish Voices, and First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee (with Neal Hutcheson). She also directs many of the outreach and engagement activities of The Language and Life Project . Danica is currently co-producing Talking Black in America – the Story of African-American Vernacular Speech.

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Neal Hutcheson – Documentary Producer

Neal is an Emmy award-winning producer of television documentaries, including Mountain Talk, Coresounders, The Carolina Brogue, Indian By Birth, The Queen Family, Voices of North Carolina, and First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee (with Danica Cullinan). Neal is currently co-producing Talking Black in America – the Story of African-American Vernacular Speech.

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Karen Eisenhauer – Social Media Specialist and Web Developer

Karen Eisenhauer is a current M.A. candidate in the linguistics program of N.C. State University where she leads web design and social media efforts for the Language and Life Program. She is responsible for the overseeing of the LLP Twitter and Youtube pages. She also conducts media-based sociolinguistic research on Youtube, Twitter, and Disney/Pixar movies.

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Cadwell Turnbull – Podcast Producer

Cadwell is a recent graduate of the Linguistics program at NC State University, where he developed and produced the LingLab Podcast. Cadwell also provided audio production and location production assistance for the forthcoming documentary Talking Black in America – the Story of African-American Vernacular Speech.