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Audio Host + Producer


I’ve always wanted to freeze time.

Ever since I saw Piper do it on The WB television drama series Charmed, freezing time became my default answer to the question, “If you had a superpower, what would it be?” I never hesitated. 20 years later, I’ve turned that superpower into a career.

In 2013, while I was getting a degree in photojournalism, I interned at WNYC’s Radiolab and pivoted my love for freezing frames to capturing voices.

A year later, I created and launched Millennial, a passion project that grew out of my closet into a critically acclaimed Radiotopia show with up to 400k downloads/month.

Since the show ended in 2017, I’ve helped produce multiple podcast shows including: Gimlet Media’s The Habitat, NPR’s Planet Money, Pineapple Street Media’s Julie: The Unwinding of a Miracle and Mailchimp’s Going Through It, and The TED Interview with CEO Chris Anderson.

I’ve also pitched, reported, and produced stories for NPR’s All Things Considered and KALW’s The Stoop.

I’m currently an independent contract producer based in New York City. I’m always looking to work with great people who also view audio/radio making as a bit of a freezing time superpower.

 

IF YOU WANT TO WORK TOGETHER

(OR HIRE ME FOR TEACHING + SPEAKING EVENTS)


PRESS

2019

JULIE: THE UNWINDING OF THE MIRACLE:
TIME
- “The 10 Best New Podcasts of the Year So Far
The Guardian - “Black Hollywood legends, we salute you – podcasts of the week
Thrillist - “The Best New Podcasts of 2019 (So Far)” 
BBC - “International Women's Day”

THE HABITAT:
WIRED - “22 of the Best Podcasts for Curious Minds in 2019”

2018

THE HABITAT:
TIME - “The Top 10 Podcasts of 2018” 
Esquire - “The 21 Best Podcasts of 2018
Vulture - “The Best Podcasts of 2018 (So Far)
Thrillist - “The Best New Podcasts of 2018” 
Vulture - “The Habitat Is a Charming Podcast About Interplanetary Dreamers
The Financial Times - “Podcast: The Habitat — where no audio series has gone before”
The Guardian - “The Hawaiian experiment preparing for life on Mars – podcasts of the week

2017

MILLENNIAL:
New York Times - “Podcasts for the Recent College Grad”
The Atlantic
- “The 50 Best Podcasts of 2017
Forbes - “Proud To Be Millennial: Megan Tan's Breakout Podcast”
Columbia Journalism Review - “Podcasting is the New Personal Essay” 
ABC Sydney - “Life Matters”

2016

MILLENNIAL:
The Atlantic - “The 50 Best Podcasts of 2016
Refinery29 - “29 Under-30 Powerhouses Poised To Change The World
The Financial Times -  “Podcast review: Love + Radio, Millennial
The Chicago Tribune - “5 Podcasts to Inspire Recent Graduates
The Boston Globe - “In Allston, a glimpse of podcast nation
Inflection Point With Lauren Schiller - “Megan Tan of "Millennial," Negotiating in Man Pants
The Allusionist - “Allusionist 39: Generation What?

2015

MILLENNIAL:
The Guardian
- “Millennial podcast review – ‘insightful, and Megan Tan is much more likable than anyone in Girls’
BuzzFeed
- “11 Podcast Episodes That *Might* Help You Get Your Shit Together”
HuffPost - “Try, Try Again, And Keep Recording
HuffPost - “7 Full Podcast Seasons For Your Holiday Binge-Listening Pleasure
Refinery29 - “7 Podcasts To Inspire Your Work Hustle
CBC - “Episode 22: Insider information
AV Club - Professor Blastoff Packs It Up After a Long Stretch of Success
The Fader - “7 Podcasts That Became Our BFFs In 2015
PRX - “Producer Spotlight: Megan Tan of Millennial


TEACHING/SPEAKING

2019

School of the New York Times (Guest Lecturer)
New York University - Intermediate Audio Reportage (Guest Speaker)
NY Media Center by IFP - “Monetizing Your Podcast: The Climb To Sponsorship” (Lead Instructor)
University of British Columbia
- Introduction to Writing for the New Media (Interviewee)

2018

B&H Photo Video Pro Audio + Samson - “Getting Your Content Out There: Editing Your Podcast for Distribution” (Speaker)
WNYC’s Werk It Podcast Festival - Land a Sponsor (Session Speaker)
Spotify - Podcast Differentiation (Panelist)
NY Media Center by IFP - “Monetizing Your Podcast: The Climb to Sponsorship” (Lead Instructor)
The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (Guest Speaker)
New York University Production Lab (Guest Speaker)
NYC Union Docs - Podcast School (Lead Instructor)
PRX Podcast Garage - “Find Your First Sponsor With Megan Tan” (Lead Instructor)

2017

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (Guest Speaker)
IdeaFestival Bowling Green - “A Time without Gatekeepers” (Speaker)
The Wheeler Center (Melbourne, Australia) - “Can U Not? Featuring Megan Tan” (Interviewee)
Audiocraft Festival (Sydney, Australia) - “Pod/Life Balance” (Keynote Speaker)
Audiocraft Festival (Sydney, Australia) - “Show Me the Money” (Panelist)
Magnetize Maine (Panelist)

2016

TEDx - “Living a Life with No Ceiling” (Speaker)
Converse Summit - “Creative Life” (Keynote Speaker)
WNYC’s Werk It Podcast Festival - “Advice for Women Podcasters: How to be Heard” (Panelist)
NYC Union Docs
- Podcast School (Instructor)
Bates College - Life Architecture Class (Guest Speaker)
PRX Podcast Garage - “An Evening with Megan Tan, Host and Creator of Millennial” (Speaker)
PRX Podcast Garage - “Podcasting 101: The Making of Millennial” (Speaker)
University of New Hampshire (Guest Lecturer)
Maine College of Art (Guest Lecturer)



VIDEOS