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Meet the Team

Meet the team behind The Closer podcast and newsletter.

Ben Walsh (Producer) and Aimee Keane (Host)

  • Ben Walsh, Producer & Newsletter Editor-in-Chief
    Ben was previously a senior reporter at Barron's magazine. He has worked as a business and finance reporter at HuffPost, Reuters and Business Insider. Ben has also written for The Daily Beast and The Intercept. Before becoming a journalist, he worked for 5 years at Goldman Sachs. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Ben grew up in Portland, Oregon and lives in Brooklyn.

  • Aimee Keane, Host
    Aimee Keane is a Brooklyn-based journalist and podcast host. She started her journalism career at the Financial Times covering the healthcare and leisure sectors, as well as the US economy. She went on to be the founding executive producer and host of the FT’s first narrative business podcast, Behind the Money, which imaginatively explored the stories and personalities behind the biggest financial headlines. In 2020, Behind the Money won the Wincott Award for best audio journalism. Today, Aimee is the co-founder of Bazaar Audio, a podcast production studio where she and co-founder Cardiff Garcia create, host and produce narrative and conversational podcasts about the economy.

  • Isabelle Kerby-McGowan, Audio Producer
    Isabelle Kerby-McGowan is a creative audio producer and vocal artist at Goat Rodeo. Her interest in audio started with her work as a DJ for a local indie rock radio station in Philadelphia, but Isabelle increasingly became intrigued by audio storytelling. Over the past decade, she’s enjoyed piecing together engaging and thought provoking stories through skillful sound design. Isabelle’s worked on a wide range of audio projects—from the nationally syndicated radio program World Cafe at WXPN to Grammy award winning audiobooks to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Frame Of Mind Podcast.

  • Golda Arthur, Executive Producer
    Golda Arthur is an award-winning audio journalist and executive producer. She launches and runs podcasts, and manages creative teams on deadline. She has reported, edited and produced audio stories and shows for the BBC, the CBC, Vox Media, and Marketplace. Her work has ranged from news and technology, to science podcasts (Curious Coincidence), and classical music (Mission Commission). She teaches audio news at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

  • Anna Mutoth, Producer
    Anna Mutoh is a producer and investigative journalist. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Japan’s NewsPicks. Her deep-dive reporting on maternal mental health was published as a leader story on page one of The Wall Street Journal and was featured on The Journal daily podcast. Prior to becoming a journalist, Anna spent 20 years as an investment banker in both New York City and Tokyo were she held the position of Executive Director and Senior Vice President at Goldman Sachs for 15 years, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and at a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund. Anna is passionate about following the money, women’s rights, and equality. She is a native Japanese and English speaker, and currently lives in New York City.

  • Bradley Hope, Executive Producer & Project Brazen Co-Founder
    Bradley is the co-author of Billion Dollar Whale, Blood and Oil and The Rebel and the Kingdom. He spent seven years breaking stories and leading investigations at the Wall Street Journal from New York and London. Before that, he covered the Arab Spring from Cairo, Tripoli and Beirut. He started his career as a police reporter at the New York Sun in Manhattan. He is a Pulitzer finalist and a winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for International Reporting. He is also the co-founder of the experimental publication New York Moon.

  • Tom Wright, Executive Producer & Project Brazen Co-Founder
    Tom is the co-author of Billion Dollar Whale, and creator and host of Fat Leonard, a nine-part podcast about a military contractor who corrupted the U.S. Navy. He spent over twenty years reporting from Asia for the Wall Street Journal and has lived in Thailand, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong and Singapore. His investigations have exposed corporate and government corruption. Tom is a Pulitzer finalist, a Gerald Loeb winner, and he was honored in 2020 with the Shorenstein award from Stanford University for his services to journalism in Asia.
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