Katie Simon

Senior Producer, Jazz Night in America

Katie Simon is the Senior Producer for Jazz Night in America, a multi-media, nationally syndicated program produced by WBGO, NPR Music and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

She is the recipient of two Peabody awards, a Columbia-duPontaward, and three Emmy nominations for her work at the public radio project, StoryCorps. She got her start in radio as a stringer in the WBGO News Department and as a Production Assistant for JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. She holds a graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

John O'Boyle


In the heart of the Ironbound section of Newark, in an old brick factory building, sits the Shifman Mattress Company. Shifman has been making mattresses by hand at that location for the past 123 years.

The work of hand-stitching mattresses is physically challenging, but many employees are loyal to the company and stay for decades.