Jennifer Brandel

Jennifer Brandel is CEO and Co-founder of Hearken. She began her journalism career reporting for NPR, CBC, WBEZ, The New York Times and Vice, picking up awards along the way. In 2012 Brandel took part in Localore and founded the groundbreaking audience-first series, WBEZ's Curious City. From that she developed the public-powered journalism model, spreading it around the world via Hearken. She launched her company from the Matter VC accelerator in 2015, took home the prize for "Best Bootstrap Company" at SXSW in 2016 and won the News Media Alliance Accelerator in 2017. Brandel received the Media Changemaker Prize from the Center for Collaborative Journalism, was named one of 30 World-Changing Women by Conscious Business and is a 2018 Sulzberger Fellow. She's co-founder of Zebras Unite, a community creating a more ethical and inclusive startups, and co-founder of Dance Dance Dance Party Party, a global women's workout happening.