Claire Gauen Editor/Producer

Claire came to Washington University in 2012, after completing an MA in Museum Studies and working in digital initiatives at the Missouri History Museum. She previously worked in educational publishing and attended Kenyon College, where she received degrees in English and American Studies. When not conducting interviews and thinking “WWID?” (What Would Ira [Glass] Do?), Claire enjoys reading, traveling, and of course listening to podcasts. She is also Publications Editor for Arts & Sciences.


Rebecca King Pierce Writer and Retellings Editor/Producer

Before joining Washington University in early 2013 as Writer and Communications Specialist, Rebecca studied Creative Writing at Knox College and Chatham University, where she earned her M.F.A. Outside of work, she writes fiction, and her short stories have appeared in various publications. She is also the founding editor of Origami Zoo Press. When she's not wearing any of these hats, you can usually find her reading or baking.

Ebba Segerberg Executive Producer

Ebba first developed Hold That Thought in 2011 with invaluable assistance from Dale Abernathie, Kathy Atnip, Tim Lloyd, Jess Straatmann, and inaugural host Carol Epstein. In 2012, she recruited Claire and Sean and officially launched the podcast series. The following year, she worked with Rebecca to add a summer series with a creative writing focus and also brought the show to the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Ebba is Director of Communications in Arts & Sciences at Washington University and an occasional literary translator with a speciality in Swedish crime fiction.

Sean Garcia Multimedia Editor

Sean first joined Washington University and Hold That Thought in 2012. He is an experienced graphic and interactive designer with expertise in print and digital media, branding, social media, and video & audio production. Sean has a master's degree in Multimedia Design from Webster University.​


Past Staffers

Tim Lloyd former Multimedia Editor, now reporting for St. Louis Public Radio

Jess Straatmann Senior Web Developer and Programmer, now at Acquia, a leading open-source software company