Lunch Talks

Alex Blumberg

Co-founder and CEO of Gimlet Media
July 22, 2016

Those are your tools, story narrative and emotional honesty.

Alex Blumberg is the co-founder and CEO of Gimlet Media. Before Gimlet, he was a radio journalist for This American Life, and the co-founder of the Planet Money podcast. His work has won many awards including the DuPont, the Peabody, and several Emmys.

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