Hi! I’m Vanessa M. Quirk, a podcaster and editor who spends much of my days writing and speaking about cities’ past, present, and future.
You may have heard me as the co-host on a few podcasts: City of the Future, where fellow cities journalist Eric Jaffe and I explore the ideas and innovations that will transform cities; the Sidewalk Weekly, where Eric and I cover the week’s top stories in urban tech; Uncertain Things, where my journalist roommate Adaam James Levin-Areddy and I talk to the thinkers who are navigating us through this current, chaotic moment; and Urban Roots, where historic preservationist Deqah Hussein-Wetzel and I tell the untold stories of remarkable people and places in urban history.
Born in Spain to a Northern Irish father and a Peruvian mother, I begrudgingly grew up on Long Island, pursued English literature and Music at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and Oxford University in the U.K., left the northern hemisphere to pasarlo chancho in Chile, and then moved back to New York in 2014 to pursue an M.S. in Arts & Culture Journalism from Columbia University. I currently call Queens home. And when I’m not making podcasts, I’m probably making music, failing to learn the ukulele, or squealing over adorable animals on Instagram.