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Mike Reiss Visits 134 Countries And One Podcast

Mike and Denise Reiss travel the world
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Mike and Denise Reiss travel the world

If The Simpsons are among the most well-traveled families in TV history, one of the key figures behind the show isn’t far behind. Mike Reiss has been to 134 countries are counting. The Emmy and Peabody recipient is a long-time writer for "The Simpsons," which was just renewed through its 34th season, and was co-showrunner way back in season three and four.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and Mike Reiss at the New York State Writers Institute in 2019.
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and Mike Reiss at the New York State Writers Institute in 2019.

Reiss’ new show on the Bleav Podcast Network is called What Am I Doing Here?, where Reiss talks about the highs and lows of world travel — including stops in North Korea, Iraq, Iran and the North Pole.  

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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