Thanks for visiting the personal blog and portfolio of journalist, writer, baker, and storyteller Tony Ganzer. Here you’ll find my CV; radio and video samples; thoughts on bread baking and journalism; and more.
Early in my career, just as I was leaving college, a radio program director told me to quit radio, and never look back. “Your voice,” she said, looking to the side. “It’s just not…you should do something else. Radio’s not for you.”
For nearly 14 years I’ve carried with me an aging reminder that there is value in striving for growth; growth in relationships, the workplace, my faith…and growth in myself. Before your imagination runs wild I’ll tell you the item is just a bag, and not a particularly impressive one by the modern standards of bags. …
In this episode of The Baking Journalist a German theme: breakfast rolls or Brötchen, and three differences between journalism in Germany and the U.S. I hope you like it, and please subscribe on YouTube, and to my e-mail list. Donate
I’m an award-winning journalist, podcaster, and international communications professional with more than 16 years in radio, television, and new media outlets in the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland. I am a proponent of cultural literacy, exchange, and understanding.
My work has been published by, among others, NPR, the BBC, PRI, Deutsche Welle, Unabridged Press, and Swissinfo. I also operate as Cherry Mountain Media, offering journalism, podcasting, and training services. I contribute selected essays on Medium, and produce a web series on bread baking and journalism. I’m also creator of the award-winning Faith Full Podcast.
From November 2020, I’ve served as Co-President of the Board of Directors for the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association. In 2021, I was named a “NextGen Leader” by the German Marshall Fund, and attended the Young Professionals Summit at Brussels Forum. I hold professional memberships with The Podcast Academy, the Religion News Association, the Catholic Media Association, and the Association of Independents in Radio.
I’ve worked most recently as a drive-time anchor for the National Public Radio station in Cleveland, serving all of Northeast Ohio. As the first afternoon host in a long while, I developed the break structure and tone of the shift, overseeing its success as the most listened-to day part. I was honored by the Ohio AP Media Editors as “Best Anchor/Host” for work in 2020.
Here you can find examples of some recent work.
From 2010 to June 2013 I was a Zurich-based correspondent for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation’s English-language service World Radio Switzerland. I reported about a Swiss-Egyptian in revolutionary Cairo; history-making night flight of Solar Impulse; the future of Swiss banks; the reality of Swiss gun control; and I’ve interviewed bank CEOs and Nobel laureates.
I hold an M.A. in International Relations and World Order (with Merit) from the University of Leicester. I also hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Idaho, and I’m working on my MBA in leadership and digital marketing from Youngstown State University.
My work has also been honored the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA); and garnered a second place National Headliner Award in 2017; three Edward R. Murrow awards from the RTDNA in 2014; a third place National Headliner Award in 2014; five Edward R. Murrow awards in 2013; among others.
Previously I was Morning Edition Producer/Reporter for NPR member station KJZZ 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona. And I got my start as a contract reporter for the Northwest News Network, serving public radio stations in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.
In 2008, I was awarded the Arthur F. Burns fellowship, spending two months with Deutsche Welle Radio in Bonn, Germany. My major project compared U.S. and German guest worker realities by asking “Can a guest worker program work?” I returned to Germany in December that year to tour renewable energy sites, eventually leading to an in-depth series comparing Arizona energy policy to European practice.
In 2009, I was awarded a Robert Bosch fellowship for young American leaders, sponsored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The fellowship facilitated high-level meetings with world leaders and power brokers in major European cities. I worked with editorial teams at West German Public Radio WDR focusing on arts, culture, and immigrant communities. At Bavarian Public Radio I worked with editorial teams with a daily talk show broadcast on radio and TV; with an immigrant-focused editorial team; and with the Munich editorial team. During this, I traveled to Oslo to offer analysis on U.S. President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize for WDR. I’ve been invited to speak on panels for the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association, and the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR.
In addition to radio, I like to bake bread; regularly play acoustic guitar and write my own music; I’m a former sailing instructor; I’m an Eagle Scout; and I hold multiple SCUBA certifications from PADI as a Rescue Diver.
You might also like this from The Rotarian, of Rotary International, which published a piece about me in December 2011, prompted by a thank you note.