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Meet Kimi Culp of All The Wiser Podcast in Westside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimi Culp.

Kimi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I began my career fetching coffee as an overnight intern for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and eventually became a producer for NBC, ABC, The Oprah Winfrey Show and OWN.

I happily stepped away from network television and spent three years as a west coast partner with Long Story Short Media creating cause content for clients that included The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Alicia Keys Foundation.

Most recently, I produced a documentary film, GLEASON, that follows the journey of my close friends, Steve Gleason and his wife, Michel, as they navigate life and starting a family after his terminal diagnosis of ALS. We sold the film to Amazon Studios at Sundance in 2016 and were lucky enough to be shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Hell no! I worked at Good Morning America for years and the “morning show wars” are the real deal — I compare it to sports rivals going at it every single morning. The competition is centered around who gets “it” first — the interview, the story, the exclusive. I would lose on a weekly basis and it can be a culture of “your only as good as your last story.” It was a skin thickening endeavor.

GLEASON was my first time working on an independent feature-length documentary and there was a huge learning curve and, if I am honest, a fair amount of tears. Making a film about people you love is a difficult process.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am the creator and host of All The Wiser Podcast. We are the first one-for-one podcast in the world. Our one-for-one model means that for every episode we air, we donate $2,000 to a charity near and dear to our guest’s heart. Our goal is to share 50 extraordinary stories while giving $100,000 to charities around the world. The thing that we are most proud of is our guests — they are categorically brave, inspiring and awesome and we consider it a privilege to share their stories.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are excited to keep combing the country for incredible stories and bringing them to our growing audience. There are a million stories to be told (and told well) and we wake up every day thinking about how best to find and share them. It’s pretty simple – we live to connect great stories with great people.

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Courtney Lindberg Photography

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