Finding Tamika

  • duPont-Columbia Journalism award
  • Audible’s ‘Best of the Year’ podcast award
  • Vulture’s Best True Crime podcasts
  • Ambie nomination

Podcast background: 
“Black girls and women disappear every day, but not without a trace. Join actress and activist Erika Alexander in a neo-noir, true crime drama as she searches for Tamika Huston, a 24-year-old Black woman from Spartanburg, SC who went missing in 2004. Her case became a rallying cry for other missing Black women in America and led to a growing demand to expose a system that ignores missing girls and women of color.”

I was the sound designer for this immersive and high impact project. Working with the Molten Heart team, I collaborated with the composer Chad Kouri and executive producer JT to create an approach that valued and respected Tamika Huston’s life through the storytelling and sound world.

Produced by: Audible, Molten Heart, Color Farm Media, SBH Productions

Host, producer, co-writer: Erika Alexander
Co-writer and producer: JT Green
Executive Producers: Kevin Hart and Lenard “Charlamagne Tha God” McKelvey.

From Molten Heart:
Executive Producer: JT Green
Story Editor: Cher Vincent
Sound Designer: Michelle Macklem
Mix Engineer: Adriene Lilly
Production Assistance: Rona Akbari
Composition and Original Score: Chad Kouri
From SBH Productions:
Executive Producers: Nicole Shelton, Marc Gerald, and Dave Becky.

From HartBeat:
Executive Producers: Bryan Smiley, Thai Randolph, and Mike Stein

From C The God World Inc:
Executive Producer: Karen Kinney

From Color Farm:
Producers: Ben Arnon, Rebkah Howard, and David Person

From Audible:
Executive Producer: Aysha Choudhary

Thanks to the team at Audible: Erin Heyns, Cynthia Charles, Najen Naylor, Abby West and Zola Mashariki, Senior Vice President at Audible Studios.   

Thanks to the family of Tamika Huston for your trust and blessing to tell this story.
© Michelle Macklem 2024