perel hana b.sessler

photographer, audio producer, editor

perel hana b.sessler

perel hana b. sessler

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So, what's with the name change?
As a child my parents called me Perel Hana Esther (the H in Hana is more like the CHA in Chanukah ...) eventually my secular name phyllis belkin took over...and well according to one of my favorite podcasters, Helen Zaltzman of the Allusionist it's never too late to change your name, so I did just that.

Perel is an accomplished Brooklyn-based audio producer, editor and photojournalist. She has documented wide-ranging stories, from girls and their bodies to homelessness. Recently pivoting to radio, her oral-history approach places her work at the crossroads of narrative storytelling and community engagement. She is the founder of L’radio, a women’s podluck listening group, and is a seasonal knitter, painter, obsessive composter who loves to swim, bike, ski and is a devoted mother of three.


Master of Urban Planning at Hunter Urban
2013 NYC
BA, Journalism at New York University
Courses in Landscape Architecture at UMASS Amherst LARP
Amherst, MA
Making it Sing w/ John Biewen at Duke University CDS
July 2019 – August 2019 Durham, NC
Radio Storytelling Intensive with Sally Herships at Union Docs
05/2018 – 06/2018 Brooklyn, NY
Radio Storytelling Workshop at SALT Institute, Maine College of Art
03/2018 – 03/2018 Portland, ME


Award for Academic Excellence, Urban Policy & Planning at Hunter Graduate School


  • NPR's Cultivating Place Podcast
  • Yale SOM Career Conversations Podcast, editor


  • Editor
  • Hindenburg Pro
  • Reaper
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Certified Final Cut Pro Editor
  • Photographer