Callie Crossley of WGBH’s Under the Radar with Callie Crossley will moderate a panel of four anthology contributors including Lisa A Jones, a multiple award winning television documentarian; Deborah Santana, an author, business leader, and activist for peace and social justice; Kristin Leavy-Miller, a freelance author and blogger; and Lalita Tademy, NYTs best selling author of Red River, & Cane River.
Callie Crossley's Monday morning commentaries on WGBH’s Morning Edition tackle wide-ranging subject matter—from the Steamship Authority’s operational woes, to Starbucks racial bias training, the return of the handwritten letter, to the Women’s March, and the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy. She appears on WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press, examining local and national media coverage, and frequently hosts Basic Black, which focuses on current events concerning communities of color.
Deborah Santana is an author, business leader, and activist for peace and social justice. She founded Do A Little, a non-profit that serves women and girls in the areas of health, education, and happiness. In 2005, she published a memoir: Space Between the Stars. Ms. Santana has produced five short documentary films, four with Emmy-award winning director Barbara Rick: Road to Ingwavuma, Girls of Daraja, School of My Dreams, and Powerful Beyond Measure. Deborah is married to actor Carl Lumbly and mother to four beloved adult children: Salvador Santana, a songwriter and instrumental artist, Stella Santana, a singer/songwriter, Angelica Santana, an archivist and film producer and Brandon Lumbly, a filmmaker and actor. A leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, she advocates for the rights and advancement of people of color.
Lisa A. Jones is a former network news producer and award-winning television documentarian who is writing a memoir about her decade-long journey successfully tackling her young son’s life-threatening illness, including his bone marrow transplant. Her forthcoming book poignantly tells her family’s unique story and draws on her personal journals and her years as a storyteller and a producer for FRONTLINE and ABC News. Jones is also a graduate of Yale and Harvard’s Kennedy School. After her family’s journey through cancer, Jones served in the Obama Administration as the assistant administrator for communications for the Federal Aviation Administration from 2016 to 2017. She lives with her husband, daughter and son in the Boston area.
Chicago native Kristin Leavy Miller is a freelance writer and blogger, currently based in Baltimore. She devotes her time to writing about her firsthand experience in managing a food-allergic family—complete with stories, allergy-safety tips, recipes and the daily life of her food-allergic children. When not writing, Kristin’s busy in her kitchen experimenting with allergy-safe ingredients, making delicious treats for all to enjoy. You can find more of Kristin's work on her blog.
Lalita Tademy is the New York Times best-selling author of three historical novels. Her debut, Cane River, was Oprah’s summer Book Pick in 2001, was translated into eleven languages and became San Francisco’s One City One Book selection in 2007. In 2015, Stanford University selected Cane River as assigned reading for all incoming freshmen. She has written two other novels, each released to critical acclaim—Red River, published in 2007, and Citizens Creek, published in 2014.