Biographies and title list of HighBridge narrators, P-Z
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BRETT PAESEL is an actress whose credits include appearances on Six Feet Under, Gilmore Girls, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She has developed and written shows for Comedy Central, Oxygen, and The HBO Workspace. A mother of two, she lives in Los Angeles.
An experienced sex educator and sexuality researcher, LOU PAGET started conducting her Sexuality Seminars nationwide in 1993. Lou's advice has appeared in many popular magazines, including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Playboy.
PAULA PARKER is an award-winning audiobook narrator. Off Broadway she has worked with the Public Theatre and has appeared in various regional productions as well.
STEPHANIE PEARL-MCPHEE, aka the Yarn Harlot, entertains knitters with her unique blend of humor and knitting high-wire acts via her popular online blog (www.yarnharlot.com), articles, and essays.
PAMELA PEEKE, M.D., M.P.H., is a recognized National Institutes of Health physician and researcher who blends nutritional expertise with medical practice. Her unique approach earned her the Pew Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship. A frequent lecturer and in-studio expert with major television networks, Dr. Peeke also serves as Medical Director of the national Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer and is on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
PAULA POUNDSTONE has been a stand-up comic for nearly 25 years. Her long list of successes includes HBO specials, an Emmy Award, two Cable ACE Awards, and an America Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
SIMON PREBBLE, a British-born performer of considerable talent and experience, has built a successful career that spans the Atlantic. As a stage and television actor he has played in everything from soaps to Shakespeare, but it is as a veteran narrator of some 275 audio book titles that he has made his mark since coming to the U.S. in 1990. Audiofile magazine has named him a “Golden Voice” and in 2004 he was named “Narrator of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He lives with his wife in New York.
GREG PROOPS is a comedian extraordinaire and a connoisseur of American sports. A self-proclaimed sports fanatic, Greg invites listeners to come along with him as visits the heroes and landmarks of his childhood and traces each sport from early origins to a look at the future of the games.
"JONATHAN RABAN is a British travel writer and novelist. He is the author of several works and has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award for Literature, the Thomas Cook Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington, and the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, among others. Raban lives in Seattle, with his daughter. "
ROBERT B. REICH is a professor at Brandeis University. He has served in both Republican and Democratic administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under President Clinton. His work has appeared often in major national publications. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
CHELSEY RIVES has appeared off Broadway with the American Repertory Theatre as well as in numerous regional productions, including Antigone at the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center.
HARVEY ROBBINS, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and an influential voice on the subject of team building. He has written several books, including Turf Wars: Moving from Competition to Collaboration.
NICOLE ROBERTS is a native New Yorker who enjoys a successful career in radio and television voiceovers.
The late FRED ROGERS was the host of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, one of the most popular children's programs in history, broadcast throughout the country on PBS.
JOHN ROSEMOND is a family psychologist, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, public speaker, husband, father and grandfather. His many books include Parent Power! and A Family of Value.
CHARLEY ROSEN is a former college basketball player and the author of several books, including two with coaching legend Phil Jackson.
Multiple Audie® Award winner Barbara Rosenblat has been named a "Voice of the Twentieth Century" by AudioFile magazine. The New York Times writes,"Watch Ms. Rosenblat work...and you get the sense that even an Oscar winner might not be able to pull this off." She created the role of "Mrs. Medlock" in the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical The Secret Garden.
GENEEN ROTH is a writer and a teacher who has gained international prominence through her work in the field of eating disorders. She is the founder of the Breaking Free workshops, which she has conducted nationwide since 1979. She is also the author of Feeding the Hungry Heart, Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, and When Food Is Love. A frequent guest on television and radio programs, she has written for and been featured in Tie, Ms., New Woman, Family Circle, and Cosmopolitan. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous anthologies. Born in New York City, she now lives in northern California.
MARTIN RUBEN has lived and worked as an actor in Minneapolis for almost 30 years, performing at most Twin Cities theatres. He can also be heard on numerous radio and television commercials.
RITA RUDNER is a comedian and writer. She has appeared in several television shows both in the U.S. and Britain and was a semi-regular on The Tonight Show. Rudner and her husband, Martin Bergman, wrote the screenplay of the film Peter's Friends, in which she also starred. She has written several books, including Naked Beneath My Clothes and Tickled Pink: A Comic Novel.
SEAN RUNNETTE is an Earphones winner for his narration of The Curve of the World (with Highbridge Audio). He has also produced several Audie® Award winners. He is an American Repertory Theater company member and has toured internationally with Mabou Mines. TV and film appearances include Two if by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law and Order, 3rd Watch and lots and lots of commercials. When not behind the mike, he also produced audiobooks and other works.
TOM RUSK, MD, is the author of three previous self-help books: I Want to Change But I Don't Know How, Mind Traps, and Instead of Therapy.
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's "oddly informative" weekly hour-long news quiz program. Over 1.8 million listeners on over 332 stations nationwide turn in to hear host PETER SAGAL lead a group of panelists and listeners through a series of games designed to test their knowledge of the week's newsand showcase their wit. When not touring, the program is recorded at the Bank One Auditorium in Chicago.
NANCY SAMALIN, M.S., is a best-selling parenting author and a pioneer in the field of parent education. A leading speaker on parenting issues in the US, Canada, and abroad, she is known for her practical, concrete advice combined with a highly entertaining delivery. She is the founder and director of Parent Guidance Workshops. She lives in New York.
ADRIANA SANANES has been a leading actress with the major New York Hispanic theatre companies. Her performances earned her the Princess Grace Foundation's Theatre Fellowship, a Best Actress Award at the International Festival in El Paso, a Hispanic Critics Association Award, and a Hispanic Association of Latin Actors Award. She narrated the Oscar-nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary Children of Fate
LINDA TSCHIRHART SANFORD is a licensed psychotherapist and the co-author of In Defense of Ourselves: A Rape Prevention Handbook for Women and The Silent Children: A Parent's Guide to the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.
ELIZABETH SASTRE has appeared in regional theater. She has a recurring role on As the World Turns and guest starred on Law & Order.
Composer, musician, author, radio host, and satirist PETER SCHICKELE is internationally recognized as one of the most versatile artists in the field of music. P.D.Q. Bach is his fictitious 18th Century alter ego.
SUE SCOTT is an actor and voice over talent, who for the last 20 years, has been a cast member with Garrison Keillor’s popular radio show A Prairie Home Companion. She can be heard doing a myriad of character voices each week on the show and is featured on many of the show’s comedy collections as well as Sue Scott, Seriously Silly.
WILL SHORTZ has been the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987. He's also the crossword editor of The New York Times, the former editor of Games magazine, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (since 1978). He is the only person in the world to hold a college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University in 1974. He lives near New York City.
A clinical psychologist in private practice since 1975, Judith Sills earned her Ph.D. at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City. She is the author of the bestselling book Excess Baggage. She is well known for her appearances as a guest expert on romantic relationships, family issues and general psychology on numerous television and radio programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Sally Jessy Raphael. She has written articles for national magazines including Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle and O magazine. Sills lives in Philadelphia.
ALAN SKLAR has narrated over 75 audiobooks and earned numerous awards for his work. He has also provided the voice for thousands of corporate and medical videos, as well as many radio and TV commercials. He lives with his wife in New York.
LEE SMITH grew up in Grundy, Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains. She is the author of nine novels. Smith served as Professor of English at North Carolina State University from 1981-1999 and has received many prizes for her fiction including two O. Henry Awards, the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Smith is the mother of two grown sons and is married to the writer, Hal Crowther. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
MARK SPRAGG was born and raised on the Wyoming dude ranch his family had run since 1898. His memoir, Where Rivers Change Direction, chronicling the history of this ranch, won the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, and was a Book Sense Top 10 Pick as well as hitting bestseller lists throughout the West. His previous novel, The Fruit of Stone, is also available on audio from HighBridge. He now lives in Cody, Wyoming.
Nationally renowned broadcast journalist SUSAN STAMBERG is special correspondent for NPR. Stamberg is the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program, and has won every major award in broadcasting. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame.
An Australian born in New Zealand, PAMELA STEPHENSON is famous for her starring role in the British comedy "Not the Nine O'Clock News" and other TV and film work, including "Saturday Night Live". She and Billy Connolly live and work in Los Angeles, where she now practices as a clinical psychologist.
EILEEN STEVENS has performed at The Public Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Theater for a New Audience. She lives in New York.
CAMERON STEWART works extensively in both theatre and television and will be familiar to viewers of LWT's London's Burning as Station Officer Suffolk of White Watch. His theatre credits include the London production of Les Miserables, Frank-n-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show and seasons in repertory at theatres all over the UK. Other television work includes Coronation Street, Eastenders, The Bill, Silent Witness, Doctors, Holby City, Heartbeat, and Boyz Unlimited.
CHARLES STRANSKY has appeared on Broadway in Glengarry Glen Ross and The Front Page. He can be seen in The Spanish Prisoner, Homicide, andThings Change, all written and directed by David Mamet, and many other films. He has appeared in sitcoms such as Newhart, Murphy Brown, Frank's Place, My Sister Sam, in several episodes of Law & Order, and also in daytime dramas and commercials. He has narrated numerous audio books.
DEBORAH TANNEN is the acclaimed author of You Just Don’t Understand, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly four years; the New York Times bestseller on mother-daughter communication Youre Wearing THAT?; I Only Say This Because I Love You; and many other books. A professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, she appears frequently on national television and radio. The youngest of three sisters, she lives with her husband in the Washington, DC area.
STUDS TERKEL (1912-2008) was a free spirit, an outspoken populist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a terrible ham, and one of the best-loved characters on the American scene. Born in New York in 1912, he lived in Chicago for over eight decades.
KRISTA TIPPETT is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Divinity School and is a former Fulbright Scholar. She has reported and written for The New York Times, Newsweek, the BBC, and other international news organizations. She also served as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to West Germany, She is now the host and producer ofSpeaking of Faith, an NPR program heard on a growing number (currently over 150) of public radio stations. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
SANDY TOLAN is an author, journalist, and public radio documentary producer with extensive experience covering the Middle East. His work from the region has been honored with several prestigious awards. Tolan has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Audubon, Los Angeles Times Magainze, USA Today, and dozens of other publications.
CALVIN TRILLIN has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of numerous books, including About Alice, Deadline Poet, Family Man, American Stories, Killings, Uncivil Liberties, and Remembering Denny, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York and eats heartily whenever he travels.
Reader STEWART L. UDALL is himself a pioneer of the conservation movement. He served as Secretary of the Interior for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
JACK VALENTI served as a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson and was in charge of all his speeches from 1963 to 1966. Valenti resigned his post to become president of the Motion Picture Association of America, a position he still holds. He is a sought-after public speaker and lecturer throughout the world and has written numerous articles for publications such as Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthly. He lives in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
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JENNIFER VAN DYCK has appeared on Law & Order, the miniseries Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (as Caroline Kennedy), and the movie Bullets Over Broadway.
SIMON VANCE is a prolific and popular audiobook narrator and actor with several hundred audiobooks to his credit. An Audie® Award-winner, Vance was recently named "The Voice of Choice" by Booklist magazine.
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While a young PR man at General Electric, KURT VONNEGUT (1922-2007) sold his first short story to one of the many literary publications that were thriving then. By the time he'd sold his third, Vonnegut quit GE to join the likes of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner to write short stories at fifteen-hundred dollars a piece, before his first novel, Player Piano, launched his remarkable career as a countercultural novelist.
GEOFFREY WADE has performed both on and off Broadway, and has an extensive career appearing in leading roles at regional theaters across the country. His TV credits include numerous appearances on Law & Order and on Judging Amy, Ally McBeal, and Scrubs.
MELINDA WADE's theater credits include The New York Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Theater Works, The Atlantic Theater Company, and Williamstown. TV guest appearances include Ed, Judging Amy, Law & Order, and Spin City.
THORNTON WILDER was an American playwright and novelist. His novel I>The Bridge of San Luis Rey won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and in 1998 it was selected by the editorial board of the American Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.
DR. CLAIRE WEEKES (1903-1990), renowned Australian pioneer in panic disorders has helped millions of people recover from anxiety, panic, and phobic disorders. She is widely acclaimed for her revolutionary approach and has achieved distinction as the first woman Doctor of Science at the University of Sydney, and was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to medicine.
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON is the author of several bestselling titles, including Healing the Soul of America, Enchanted Love, A Return to Love, and the children's book Emma and Mommy Talk to God. She lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
GARRY WILLS is a distinguished historian, critic, and author of numerous books including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg and the New York Times bestsellers Why I Am a Catholic and Papal Sin. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, he has won two National Book Critics Circle awards and the 1998 National Medal for the Humanities. Wills is an adjunct professor of history at Northwestern University.
ALAN WINTER has performed as an actor regionally and off-Broadway. A former member of Chicago’s Second City touring company, Alan currently resides in New York.
Performer JONATHAN WINTER began his career as a standup-comic and radio personality before moving to television and films. The late talk show icon Jack Paar dubbed him “pound for pound, the funniest man on earth.” The comedian was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1999. He has multiple Grammy® nominations and one win.
JEFF WOODMAN originated the title role in Tennessee Williams' "The Notebook of Trigorin" and won the San Francisco Critics' circle Award for his performance in "An Ideal Husband" In addition to numerous Off-Broadway credits, his TV appearances include Law & Order, Sex and the City, and Cosby. His more than 200 audiobook narrations have earned him numerous awards, including a People magazine "Annual Top Five" citation and a spot in AudioFile magazine's "Top Fifty Voices of the Century."