Laura Hadden is a documentary media artist and radio producer based in Portland, OR. 

She currently works as the Executive Producer for Live Wire Radio, a public radio variety show currently broadcasting on over 125 public radio stations across the country.

Her work has been featured at Third Coast International Audio Festival, The Open Engagement Conference, Frameline Film Festival, Hot Docs, UnionDocs, the Tacoma Film Festival, and on The Documentary Channel and BBC News. Her collaborative short documentary film, Matthew 24:14, won Best Film and Best Directing at the 2011 International Documentary Challenge.

Previously, she spent three years as the Media & Communications Manager of The Moth, where she assisted with the production of the Peabody award-winning The Moth Radio Hour and produced The Moth Podcast. She has taught storytelling and media production through the Center for Digital Storytelling as well as at CUNY Hunter College. 

She collaborates with Tennessee Watson on Wage/Working, a jukebox-based oral history project selected for Association of Independents in Radio’s 2013 Live Interactive Residency and awarded a 2016 Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant.

Together with her husband Jesse Friedman, she hosts United Noshes, an ongoing dinner party series and blog featuring one feast from every United Nations member and benefiting Mercy Corps.




Photo by Nathan Fitch.

Photo by Nathan Fitch.

She was born in Vancouver, Canada, grew up in Tacoma, WA, and has lived in San Francisco, Chicago, and Brooklyn. She is a 2007 graduate of The Evergreen State College and is currently pursuing an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College of The City University of New York.