Michelle Lanz

Associate Producer, The Frame

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Michelle Lanz is the Associate Producer for The Frame, KPCC's arts, entertainment and culture show. Prior to joining The Frame she worked as the digital producer for KPCC's Take Two and AirTalk shows.

Before coming to KPCC, Michelle worked at KCET as the Associate Producer for New Media, where she developed web content for KCET's programming and steered social media efforts for the station. She was first bitten by the public radio bug as an intern for NPR's Day to Day program in 2008.

She has also worked as an editor for MSN's Wonderwall entertainment site, as a web producer for Marketplace and as a contributing editor to the L.A. Times’ Metromix publication.

Lanz earned her master's degree in journalism in 2009 from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School.

Stories by Michelle Lanz

Tori Amos: Musical artists can provide comfort during troubled times

The singer/songwriter talks about writing a song for the documentary, "Audrie & Daisy," which addresses the tragic effect of teen sexual assault and cyberbullying.

Can less credible film awards sway Oscar voters?

Some of the glitzier awards have been getting attention, but the more credible nominations begin this week when the Screen Actors Guild weighs in.

Common hopes his music can help rewrite the black American story

The rapper/actor talks about his upbringing in Chicago, his mission as an artist and how he got director Ava DuVernay to put his song, "Letter to the Free," in her film, “13th.”

Nick Cave doc 'One More Time With Feeling' is a touching portrait of grief and creativity

Months after the death of his son, Cave approached his friend/director Andrew Dominik with the idea to film the recording of his latest album, "Skeleton Tree."

Pharrell Williams produced 'Hidden Figures' because 'it lifts women in an amazing way'

The songwriter and producer has ben branching out into films and his latest is based on the true story of three African American women at NASA in the 1960s.

'About The House': Jenny Slate and her dad reveal stories from their family home

The stories in their book are largely about the small moments and memories in a home that make a life. And it's free for the asking, with one small stipulation.

A complete, kind of depressing history of fictional female presidents

There have been plenty of women presidents depicted in movies and TV shows. But they aren’t exactly women that Hillary Clinton would want to emulate.

Why Benjamin Millepied left a lifetime gig at the Paris Opera for LA Dance Project

The French dancer/choreographer is back in Los Angeles after two years as Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet. His upcoming show in LA will be his last time on stage as a dancer.

'Fleabag' star talks sex, feminism and presidential 'wanking'

While “Fleabag” is not overtly autobiographical, Waller-Bridge draws heavily on her own experiences and those of her friends.

HBO's 'Insecure' shows 'black people's humanity,' Prentice Penny says

"This show was just talking about what life was like on a Thursday for people of color. ... We don't get to tell slice of life stories," said Penny.

Dawn Porter's journey from corporate litigator to documentary filmmaker

Her latest film, "Trapped," follows abortion providers in the South struggling to comply with new state laws essentially trying to force them out of business.

How likely is a Donald Trump TV network?

After the election, could Donald Trump turn his contempt for the mainstream media into a network of his very own?

For 'The Accountant' director Gavin O'Connor, 'Family is so much more important than a movie'

O’Connor talks about how he and Ben Affleck approached a character on the autism spectrum. He gets emotional as his film hits theaters.

'A Nation Engaged': As power shifts, things get ugly, but 'it makes me feel hopeful'

NPR and KPCC are looking at critical issues facing the nation before the presidential election. The Frame asked creators who work in arts and entertainment to weigh in on our nation's state of affairs.

Improvisos Peligrosos improv troupe brings bilingual comedy to the UCB stage

In a city where 40 percent of the population speaks Spanish, the group is trying to show people who didn't grow up speaking English that improv could be for them.