Marilyn Pittman is an expert on performance, with over three decades of experience as a TV news anchor, talk show host, reporter, commentator and radio producer. Since 1990, the leading talent coach and consultant for National Public Radio and NPR stations, working with hundreds of anchors, hosts, and reporters. She also consults on management and programming.
A guest lecturer on performance at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism and a workshop leader for the Knight Digital Media Center, Pittman trains journalists from all disciplines in on-camera and on-mic performance. Her current classes include Radio, Advanced Radio, and Video For The Web. Along with coaching performance, she does modules on writing, voice tracking and directing, story structure, and sound design.
Back in the 80’s, she produced and hosted two nationally syndicated radio series, one on American women playwrights, and the other on the new wave and punk music explosion. Her roots in radio began in the 70’s when she was a disc jockey and TV news anchor at commercial stations in Albuquerque.
Pittman's workshops and presentations have been featured at many industry conferences and conventions, including those of Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI), National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Radio-Television News Directors Association (now RTDNA), UNITY, and the Broadcast Education Association.
Pittman's years as a stand-up comic, professional narrator (including an Oscar-winning doc, “Deadly Deception”), and radio talk show host help her bring humor, wisdom, and a depth of experience to her clients.