Stephanie Hydal is an independent multimedia producer, with a focus on audio storytelling, and a Portlight Fellow for the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies and is currently housed at the National Council of Independent Living. She focuses on the role of media and communications to build a culture of preparedness, and political and community support for REAADI and DRM. She has an MA in Cultural Anthropology and a background in disability rights, which informs her analysis of media's coverage of disability and disasters.