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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

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.

Making Obama

Oprah BONUS: Making Donahue

Before Phil Donahue, talk show hosts stayed far away from their studio audiences. As Oprah said in 1992: “Phil changed all that.”

Making Obama

Oprah BONUS: Oprah Gets Political

For 10 years Oprah refused to have politicians on her show. But in 2000 she spoke to two presidential candidates. In 2008 she endorsed one.

Making Obama

Oprah BONUS: Let's Talk About Oprah's Hair

Oprah’s longtime stylist on the high stakes of doing the hair of the most watched woman on television.

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