The Moth Radio Hour Hosts

Our Hosts

Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns is The Moth's long-time Artistic Director. As one of the lead directors on the Moth's Mainstage since 2003, she has helped hundreds of people craft their stories, including a New York City sanitation worker, a Nobel Laureate, a jaguar tracker, and an exonerated prisoner. She is a producer of The Moth Radio Hour, co-author of the New York Times Best Seller How to Tell a Story, and the editor of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed books The Moth: 50 True Stories, All These Wonders, and Occasional Magic. She is the director of the solo shows The Gates (written and performed by Adam Gopnik) and Helen & Edgar (written and performed by Edgar Oliver), which was called "utterly absorbing and unexpectedly moving" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Prior to The Moth, she directed and produced television and independent films, interviewing such diverse talent as Ozzy Osbourne, Martha Stewart, and Howard Stern. She attended her first Moth back in 2000, fell in love with the show, and was, in turn, a GrandSLAM contestant and volunteer in the Moth Community Program before joining the staff full time. Born and raised in Alabama, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and young son. Find her on Instagram: @burnzieny

Sarah Austin Jenness

Sarah Austin Jenness joined the staff at The Moth in 2005, and as Executive Producer, she has worked with hundreds of people to craft and hone their personal stories. She is one of the hosts of the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, and launched The Moth's Global Community Program -- coaching storytelling workshops in the US and Africa to highlight world issues including family homelessness and public health. Moth stories she has directed in the past decade have been told during the UN General Assembly and as far afield as the Kenya National Theatre. She believes stories have power and can change the world by creating connection.

Hixson Headshot

Jenifer Hixson is a Senior Director, director and one of the hosts of the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour. Each year she asks hundreds of people to identify the significant turning points of their lives - fumbles and triumphs, leaps of faith, darkest hours- and then helps them shape those experiences into story form for the stage. She falls a little bit in love with each storyteller, and hopes you will too. In 2000, she launched The Moth StorySLAM, which now has a full-time presence in 25 cities in the US, UK and Australia and provides more than 4,000 individual storytelling opportunities for storytelling daredevils and loquacious wall flowers alike. Jenifer’s story, “Where There's Smoke” has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life and was a part of The Moth’s first book: The Moth: 50 True Stories.

Meg Bowles

Meg Bowles is a Senior Director and Co-Host of the Peabody Award winning Moth Radio Hour. Like most of the Moth staff, Meg started as a volunteer in 1997 helping to curate early Mainstage events and teaching storytelling workshops. In 2002 she was pulled away by Discovery Communications, mainly because she needed the paycheck, but when Moth Founder, George Dawes Green asked her to return to help curate the Mainstage in 2005, she found it impossible to say no. While directing stories for the Mainstage, Meg has had the privilege of working with a NASA astronaut who commanded the first shuttle mission after the loss of Challenger, a doctor who saved Mother Theresa’s life, a member of Churchill’s Secret Army who trained spies during WWII, an innocent man who spent 18 years on death row, a Nobel Laureate, a NYC police detective, a lobster fisherman, neuroscientists, veterans, musicians, chefs, fugitives, mothers, fathers and countless people who have found themselves in sometimes ordinary, but often unique situations and have generously shared their experiences and emotions, exposing their imperfections - the very thing that makes us human and ultimately connects us to each other. 

Suzanne Rust New

Suzanne Rust is a Senior Curatorial Producer and Host of the Peabody Award winning Moth Radio Hour. A noted magazine writer and editor, Suzanne joined The Moth in 2018 in the newly created role of Senior Curatorial Producer. In that position, she seeks out an array of voices, including those that are under-represented and undiscovered, to share their true personal stories from Moth stages around the world. Rust joined The Moth from her position at Family Circle where she researched and culled stories from across the country for the publication. While there, she created the Folio Award-winning “Modern Life” column that highlighted diverse families nationwide. Her career also includes a stint at Real Simple where Suzanne wrote and researched three popular monthly columns. She also acted as media representative for both magazines with appearances on NBC’s Today Show, HLN, FOX and CNN. 


Chloe Salmon is a Producer and Director, and is also an instructor for The Moth’s Community and Education programs. The Moth first came into her life as a faithful driving buddy during long trips across her native state of Kansas. Now, she takes great joy in her work behind the scenes that has set the stage for hundreds of stories to be told to audience members (and drivers) all over the world. She is ever-grateful to each storyteller she works with for their generosity in sharing a part of themselves - whether that’s their love for a family-owned rollerskating rink on the South Side of Chicago, their shock at being asked a question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, their hope to keep the doors of a bookstore open a world away in Pakistan, or countless other moments and memories that come alive in their telling.

Jay Allison

Jay Allison is an independent journalist and leader in public broadcasting. He is a host and producer of The Moth Radio Hour and has created hundreds of documentary programs and series. Over the past 35 years, he has been a frequent contributor to NPR news programs and This American Life, and is is a six-time Peabody Award winner. He hosted and produced This I Believe on NPR and co-edited the bestselling companion books. He is the founder of Atlantic Public Media which launched the public media websites, and the Public Radio Exchange (, and WCAI, the public radio station in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, serving Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod where Jay lives with his family.

George Dawes Green

George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth and Unchained, is an internationally celebrated author. His first novel, The Caveman’s Valentine, won the Edgar Award and became a motion picture starring Samuel L. Jackson. The Juror was an international bestseller in more than twenty languages and was the basis for the movie starring Demi Moore and Alex Baldwin. Ravens was chosen as one of the best books of 2009 by the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail of London, and many other publications. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.