Jess Mador’s favorite thing to do is report and produce stories. She is an award-winning public radio journalist, multimedia producer and independent documentary filmmaker. Public health and mental health reporting are special passions. 

Some recent health projects include: Born Exposed, a multimedia documentary for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and 100 Days in Appalachia, exploring the opioid epidemic’s impacts on women, infants, children and communities in Southern Appalachia; TruckBeat, a national public health journalism project at WUOT in Knoxville, part of the Localore: Finding America project; and a multimedia series on PTSD and combat-related trauma on military veterans and families across Minnesota.

Jess was previously a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. She has also freelanced for many NPR and American Public Media programs. Before getting hooked on the craft of audio storytelling, Jess worked in the New York City film and TV industry, and on PBS shows for Oregon Public Broadcasting, THIRTEEN and Bill Moyers. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.