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Colin McNulty

Colin McNulty

Senior Podcast Producer

Colin McNulty is an award-winning documentary maker and senior producer of podcasts for WBEZ. 

Colin studied anthropology at Loyola University Chicago, then earned a master’s degree in sociology and media at the London School of Economics. While living in London, he stumbled into the independent production company, Whistledown Productions. Across five years, he produced 50 documentaries and programs/programmes for the BBC on subjects as varied as Rupert Murdoch, the Kennedy Assassination, sexism in the UK police force, the Great Train Robbery, and the future of sex.

Two of Colin’s documentaries won consecutive Third Coast International Audio Festival awards. One was an hour-long documentary about the writer William Burroughs, narrated by Iggy Pop. “Burroughs at 100” won Director’s Choice in 2014 and was aired in its entirety on This American Life in 2015.  The other was a montage documentary about spacewalking, featuring four astronauts and the Oscar-winning sound editor of the film Gravity. “Sounds Up There” won Silver at Third Coast in 2015. Colin has also produced for WFMT, NPR, Beats 1, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Originally from Cleveland, Colin resides in the Chicago neighborhood of Andersonville, happily nestled between Vietnam and Sweden, with his wife Alice. 

Recent Stories

Motive

Episode 4: What Really Happened At The Honey Baked Ham

Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Motive

Episode 3: A Boy Enters And A Man Leaves

Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Motive

Episode 2: Violated Into The PeeWees

Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Motive

Episode 1: A Shooting From A Mercedes

Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Motive

Trailer: 'Motive,' A New Podcast From WBEZ And The Chicago Sun-Times

New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Motive' is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Public Official A

Part 6: I Talk Too Much

The evidence is presented and President Donald Trump becomes ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's last hope.

Public Official A

Part 5: Treat Me Nice

With almost everyone believing that he was guilty, ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich fought back on national TV.

Public Official A

Part 4: The Tapes

The FBI recorded Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's phone calls for almost six weeks. What they heard shocked them.

Public Official A

Part 3: Rod Likes To Run

Who is Rod Blagojevich? A retail politician who was great at working a room. But his obsession with climbing the ladder brought him down.

Public Official A

Part 2: It's A Family Business

The trouble started soon after Rod Blagojevich became Governor of Illinois. A federal investigation began and a powerful political family tore itself apart.

Public Official A

Part 1: Spare The Rod

After Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested, he got a 14-year prison sentence. Under President Trump, there's a chance he will get out early.

Public Official A

Preview: Public Official A

Remember when the governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-governor got a “You’re fired” from Donald Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Public Official A' uncovers the rise and fall of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. How he did whatever it took to reach the top. The trail of destruction left in his wake. And how the complexities, charisma, and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today. The first episode comes out Jan. 18, 2019.

Making Obama

Obama BONUS: The Decision

In 2007, Barack Obama announced his presidential run. Hear how he came to that decision in this ‘Making Obama’ extra.

Making Obama

Yes We Can!

Barack Obama burst onto the national stage during his U.S. Senate run. Hear how ambition and luck propelled him to Washington.

Making Obama

Up Or Out

Former president Barack Obama has only lost one election. It was in 2000, and that defeat set him on the course for his U.S. Senate run.

Making Obama

Wait Your Turn

In 2000, Barack Obama ran for Congress against a Chicago political legend. It became a contest about race and identity.

Making Obama

You Don’t Say No To Barack

Former President Barack Obama won his first political seat in 1996. Hear what he had to learn, and the conflicts he faced, to get there.

The Trouble

Kickbacks

To turn around some of Detroit’s most troubled public schools, KC cut legal corners. She ended up in prison. Do the ends justify the means?

Making Obama

Chicago Politics Ain’t Beanbag

The fall of Chicago’s “machine” politics, the rise of Mayor Harold Washington, and what a young Barack Obama learned from watching it all.

Making Obama

The Man In The Background

Former President Barack Obama — along with key advisers, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage. In the first episode of this six-part podcast from WBEZ, hear Obama reflect on how the city shaped him.

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