About 

  • Jennifer Lai is a development producer for CNN Audio Original Series, where she's working to launch new narrative limited series and original talk shows. She joined the team in February 2022 and is based in New York City.

    Before CNN, Lai was a producer at American Public Media, where she worked on The Slowdown, a daily poetry show hosted by U.S. Poet Laureates Tracy K. Smith and Ada Limón. As lead producer, she shaped the sound and content of the show in its earliest days, developing the show and producing well over 500 episodes. The Slowdown received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was broadcast from San Francisco to New York while it was on the air. While at APM, she also developed and piloted several new concepts and segments for other shows, including The Splendid Table.

    Previously, Lai was a producer at Panoply Media, where she developed and produced a variety of narrative, interview, scripted, and kids' shows. She was also previously an associate editor at Slate Magazine, where she created, developed, and produced The United States of Debt, a show about the reality of owing money in America. During her time in the industry, Lai has worked on podcasts as diverse as Family Ghosts, Happier in Hollywood, Smash Boom Best, The Mash-Up Americans, and Bindercast, to name a few.

    In 2021, Lai was one of eight storytellers to be selected for Neon Hum's Editor's Bootcamp. For the last two years, she has served as a judge The New York Times' annual Student Podcast Contest.

    Originally from southern California, Lai first began her radio career at the University of California Los Angeles, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature. She lives in New York City.