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Alex  Blumberg

Alex Blumberg

Cofounder & CEO, Gimlet Media

Biography

Alex Blumberg is the cofounder and CEO of Gimlet Media, the podcast company behind hit shows like StartUpReply AllHomecoming, and more. In 2015, Blumberg took out his microphone started documenting the process of starting a new media company from scratch. That media company became Gimlet, and those recordings eventually became the runaway hit documentary podcast, StartUpStartUp is currently being adapted into a sitcom for ABC titled Alex, Inc., which will premiere in 2018. Read More >

Prior to founding Gimlet, Blumberg worked for years in public radio. He is an award-winning radio journalist known for his work as a producer on the wildly popular podcasts This American Life and Planet Money, which he cofounded at NPR. Prior to founding Gimlet, Blumberg cofounded Planet Money at NPR, which and hosted the first season of the Gimlet podcast StartUp, which was about the founding of the company.

Blumberg’s work has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including the Polk, the duPont-Columbia, and the Peabody. His award-winning documentary on the housing crisis, The Giant Pool of Money, was named one of the last decade’s top ten works of journalism by the Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism and New York University.

Blumberg also served as executive producer on the television version of This American Life, which aired on the Showtime network. The show earned rave reviews from almost every major market television critic. It won three Emmy Awards, including the award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

Throughout his extensive career in audio journalism, Blumberg has done radio documentaries covering such diverse topics as life aboard a US aircraft carrier, teenage Steve Forbes supporters, and prisoners staging a production of Hamlet. Blumberg has been a featured guest on Meet the Press, Bloomberg News, The Colbert Show, and other television programs. He lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, NY. Read Less ^

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