maria murriel

human stories

with meaning and purpose

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hi. wanna tell a great story?

I can help.

I’m a writer, audio producer, sound designer and journalist. I love to create and teach others how.

I produced Heat and Light: Stories from 1968, a narrative interview podcast with immersive sound design, with The Conversation US. At Futuro Media Group’s first Community Podcast Lab, I helped four Boston-based women of color craft their podcast ideas into compelling personal narratives.

Check out more of my work.

I like personal stories that connect to pivotal moments in society, and I seek out work that elevates underrepresented voices. I believe media makers should remember to be human first.

I’m based in New Orleans but work with teams all over the world.
Let’s make something great together.

previous experience

I’ve reported on immigration, extremist politics, culture and the arts for the better part of a decade. I covered the 2016 Republican and Democratic National conventions, and the 2017 presidential inauguration for the BBC/Public Radio International show The World.

Prior to that I developed the digital department at WLRN, South Florida’s public radio station, and launched the first podcast there. I was part of a WLRN team that won several Edward R. Murrow awards for its reporting on the Central American migrant crisis.

You can find my work in the California Sunday Magazine, the Duolingo Spanish podcast, the 70 Million podcast, Latino USA, the Miami Herald,, The World, and on local Florida and New England public radio stations.

teaching and training

I’ve become better at what I do through doing all these things:

led Futuro Media Group’s first Community Podcast Lab out of the PRX Podcast Garage in Boston

co-founded the amazing SMASH Boston community for women and non-binary audio producers smashing the patriarchy

was an adjunct in the bilingual master’s program at the CUNY Newmark School of Journalism

taught creative non-fiction, audio storytelling and narrative structures at GrubStreet

was a mentor with NPR’s Next Generation Radio program