Siobhán McHugh is an internationally recognised podcast producer, critic, researcher, and teacher. Her book, The Power of Podcasting: telling stories through sound (NewSouth Books Feb 2022), is a critical analysis of podcasting as a vibrant new medium. She is founding editor (2014) of RadioDoc Review, an open access journal that was the first devoted to theory of audio storytelling and aesthetics of podcasts and audio documentaries.
Siobhan partnered with leading Australian newspaper The Age to transform investigative journalism into the hit podcasts Phoebe’s Fall (2016), about the bizarre death of a young woman in a garbage chute, Wrong Skin (2018), about the clash between Indigenous culture and corporate interests, and The Last Voyage of The Pong Su (2019), which examines a drug heist by a North Korean cargo ship on Australia’s southern coast. All three won gold at New York Festivals as well as many other awards. In 2019 she co-produced a groundbreaking podcast from the Supreme Court of Victoria, Gertie's Law, which won her a sixth gold at New York Festivals. She is consulting producer on The Greatest Menace, a queer true crime/history podcast hosted by Palestinian-Lebanese Australian journalist Patrick Abboud, which launches Feb 2022.
Siobhán has published widely on the aesthetics of podcasting and the affective power of sound, in scholarly journals and in outlets such as Harvard University’s Nieman Storyboard. Her free MOOC, The Power of Podcasting for Storytelling (Future Learn), had over 35,000 participants from 150 countries. She co-hosts an award-winning academic research podcast, Heart of Artness, about crosscultural aspects of Aboriginal art, writes about scholarly podcasting and is a contributor to the Routledge Companion to Radio and Podcasting Studies (2022) and the Oxford Handbook of Radio Studies (2022). Siobhán is Honorary Associate Professor in Journalism at the University of Wollongong, Australia and Honorary Associate Professor in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, where she is founder and co-director of the Hub for Innovation in Podcasting (HIP).