Luke Vander Ploeg

Luke Vander Ploeg

Storyteller/Story-finder

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Hello. I am a storyteller.a journalist.a theater artist.a documentary creator.a classical singer.an actor.

I’m a born Michigander newly planted in Los Angeles

I am passionate about stories, and how they shape community.

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CREATIVE WORK

RADIO JOURNALIST

I report on, write, and produce stories for Public Radio and Podcasts

AUDIO DOCUMENTARY CREATOR

I used my skills as a radio journalist and my curiosity about stories to create a documentary telling the stories of lesbian, gay, and bisexual students at a conservative college in the Chicago suburbs

ACTOR AND THEATER ARTIST

I’ve collaborated on projects with theater companies in Chicago, even helping to found a theater project with friends and colleagues

CLASSICAL SINGER AND VOICEOVER ARTIST

I use my training as a classical baritone both as a musician and as a commercial voiceover artist

 

EXTENDED BIO

Ever since I was young, I’ve had a deep obsession with stories.  It’s no surprise that as I got older, I gravitated toward two very specific fields: journalism and the arts (music and theater).  I am a strong believer in the idea that these two disciplines share a common core: storytelling.  They both bring aspects of the human experience to an audience.  I think journalism and the arts are also connected in how essential they are to a healthy society.  Like nothing else, stories open people to each other, and that kind of openness has the power to heal and sustain communities.

I consider myself a storyteller and a story-seeker: a person trying his best to walk through the world with an open ear and an open heart.

 

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MY WORKS

Planet Money

Planet Money

National Public Radio

National Public Radio

More than a Single Story Project

More than a Single Story Project

Vocalo Storytelling Workshop

Vocalo Storytelling Workshop

WGVU Public Radio

WGVU Public Radio

LET’S GET IN TOUCH

Luke Vander Ploeg

Luke Vander Ploeg

dlvanderploeg@gmail.com

(616) 298-4528

2905 W Lyndale St., Chicago, IL 60647

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EXPERIENCE

2016

National Desk Intern

NPR

• Interned for NPR’s National Desk at the West Coast Bureau in Culver City, California
• Assisted reporters with production tasks including gathering tape, editing audio, booking and conducting interviews, and co-writing web articles
• Reported and produced original stories for the National Desk

2015

AIR New Voices Scholar

Association for Independents in Radio

• Won a grant to attend the 2015 Public Radio Program Director’s conference through the AIR New Voices program
• Engaged in conversations with fellow New Voices and leaders in Public media about the future of public radio, especially in regards to diversity

2015

Workshop Participant

Vocalo Storytelling Workshop

• Finished a six week workshop with Vocalo Radio where participants learned the ropes of audio journalism.
• Ended the workshop having created a fully produced story (available for listening under “portfolio”)

2015

Board Member

OneWheaton

• Served on the board of OneWheaton, a grassroots organization committed to bringing together LGBTQ students and alumni of Wheaton College
• Helped plan events for OneWheaton’s community, especially the organizations yearly homecoming event near Wheaton College’s campus
• Worked in various ways to support OneWheaton’s mission of promoting a healthy, affirming view of LGBTQ relationships within Wheaton College’s student and alumni community

2014

Audio Documentary Producer

More than a Single Story Project

• Conceived of project designed to combat homophobia on Wheaton College campus by telling stories
• Interviewed six students and six alumni on their experiences with sexuality at Wheaton
• Edited and produced 15 hours of tape into 2-hour audio documentary heard by almost 2,000 listeners
• Collaborated with team to develop web site as a forum for discussion on topic of sexuality, including recruiting graphic designer, event planner for launch event, and promoting and marketing the project, web site, and launch event
• Utilized social media to promote project resulting in more than 8,000 hits on web site

2013

Production Management Intern

Victory Gardens Theater
  • Cooperated with production manager on day-to-day administrative tasks
  • Researched Chicago designers to create profile lists
  • Assisted during tech rehearsals for main stage productions
2013

Reporting Intern

WGVU Public Radio
  • Reported on local stories, conducted interviews, and collected sound-bites utilizing Marantz recording hardware
  • Wrote and recorded stories to be aired daily
  • Utilized Adobe Audition, editing software, to complete and upload stories
  • Produced one to two stories for the radio every day, consistently meeting all deadlines
  • Updated WGVU News website with stories from Associated Press daily
  • Proofread and edited other reporters’ stories

EDUCATION HISTORY

2016

Thread Storytelling Intensive

Yale University
  • Completed the Thread at Yale program, an intensive focused on storytelling in new mediums.
  • Honed my craft in seminars and small workshop sessions with accomplished professionals in film, print, and audio storytelling
2014

Bachelors of Music

Wheaton College
    • Graduated Cum Laude from Wheaton College with a degree in Music – elective studies theater.

EDITING SKILLS

PROTOOLS

ADOBE AUDITION

HINDENBERG

REAPER

OTHER SKILLS

TRAINED BARITONE

FAMILIAR WITH A VARIETY OF RECORDING HARDWARE

UKELELE PLAYER

RECOMMENDATIONS

CAROLINE

CAROLINE REPORTER

During his time with WGVU, Luke exhibited an extraordinary degree of natural talent and enthusiasm for the news product. A highly motivated worker, he showed an unusual level of resourcefulness, objectivity and ability to quickly understand and decipher the subject at hand, displaying a level of talent beyond his years.

PATRICK

PATRICK NEWS DIRECTOR

While working at WGVU-FM he set himself apart from our other interns. Luke keeps abreast of world and national affairs, is a solid writer and is eager to learn and improve. He’s a low maintenance guy. If you explain or show him how to do something once, he gets it!

DOWNLOAD MY RESUME

You can download my resume by clicking here.  A complete work history is available upon request.

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