Hi. I'm Kristin.

I'm a 2021 AIR New Voices scholar and a producer with NPR-affiliate KUOW Public Radio. I am also the misfit and unlikely optimist behind  and #AZNxBLM, and the founder of, an international photography and storytelling project humanizing the culture gaps separating students and teachers. I created ROLL CALL as part of TED-Ed’s third cohort of 30 global Innovative Educators. 

Before becoming an official public radio nerd, I was a curator, a middle school teacher, and a nightclub bartender. And before my stint mixing drinks in Pioneer Square, The New York Times called me a ​"graduate already in the driver’s seat” and my project HALF: Biracial + Bicultural in America was nominated for a USA Today Outstanding Academic and Intellectual Endeavor Award.

The Boston Globe has described me as "post-feminist." A festival in Australia once introduced me as "America's hip hop poet." A former student told The Seattle Times I am an "inveterate poet." I do not identify as a post-feminist hip hop poet. I had to look up inveterate

I am based in Seattle where I live with my wife and son. I'd love it if you'd subscribe to my newsletter

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AIR Media, Announcing 2021's AIR New Voices! July 28, 2021. 

NPR/KUOW Public Radio, Morning Edition, Black and Asian solidarity: 20 artists explore America's complicated relationship with race. June 8, 2021. 

Northwest Asian Weekly, #AZNxBLM: Two minorities unite in art and activism, June 3, 2021.  

International Examiner, KUOW’s community engagement Kristin Leong shares her passion and gift for storytelling, February 28, 2021. 

Common Thread, Antioch University, Kristin Leong: Building Bridges for Self-discovery, September 29, 2020. 

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Kristin Leong nominated for 2020 Mayor's Arts Award, September 3, 2020.


The Slants Foundation, Kristin Leong receives 2020 Countering Hate Award, May 2020.  

NPR/KUOW Public Radio, The Record, When a parent is on COVID-19's front lines, April 8, 2020. 

EdSurge, Most Popular EdSurge Podcast Episodes of 2019, Leong's story on high school dropout-turned-Teacher of the Year is a top episode of the year, December 19, 2019. 

EdSurge, Using Storytelling to Forge Unbreakable Bonds Between Teachers and Students, September 2, 2019. 

NPR/KUOW Public Radio, Curiosity Club FAQ: An interview with producer Kristin Leong, July 29, 2019.

Seattle Met, Perfect Party March 2019: Here’s who we’d invite if we could entertain this month’s most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers., February 26, 2019.

Humanities Washington, Our Divided Classrooms, January 4, 2018. 


TED Blog, Bridge the Gaps Between Students and Teachers with Roll Call, October 6, 2017.