Leital has been with Studio 360 since it was hatching as a pilot in early 2000, and helped bring it to the airwaves with the launch team in 2001. In her decade at the show, Leital has worked as a producer, editor, reporter, and engineer, traveling as far as Tokyo and Cody, Wyoming for special editions of the program.
She was the sound designer of the Peabody Award-winning episode of American Icons on Moby-Dick and won an AP award for producing Kurt Andersen's interview with musician-poet Patti Smith.
She holds a master's degree in journalism from NYU and teaches a podcasting course at the School of Visual Arts’ Design Criticism program. She occasionally moonlights for other WNYC projects, like the Battle of the Boroughs talent competition, where she does her best Simon Cowell on the judges’ panel. Leital is a native Texan and got her start in radio at KVRX, the student station at the University of Texas at Austin.
Kate Pierson was one of the founding members of the 1970's New Wave band, the B-52s. Now, after nearly 40 years of co-writing songs and singing backup to lead singer Fred Schneider, Pierson is out with her very first solo album.