Our Team

Hosts, producers, musicians, illustrators & friends.



Co-host of Always Take Notes, Kassia is a design and culture journalist and the author of 'The Secret Lives of Colour'. She is a former assistant books & arts editor of The Economist, a columnist for Elle Decoration and has contributed to BBC Radio 4′s Saturday Live, Woman's Hour and Monocle 24′s Section D.


Co-host of Always Take Notes, Simon is currently writing a book about the recent evolution of the British Army to be published by William Heinemann. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, GQ, the Washington Post, The Economist and the Times Literary Supplement.



In addition to being a co-producer of Always Take Notes, Ed is a producer at CNN. He has previously worked for NBC News, Al Jazeera America and Bloomberg covering breaking news around the world. Prior to his career in journalism he served five years as a combat medic in the US Army.

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liz davies

Liz is a co-producer of Always Take Notes and a senior producer at the BBC in London, most recently on Newshour and Newshour Extra on the World Service. She has previously worked in foreign news for the BBC around the world, as well as for Channel 4 News, CNN and the CBC.


Olivia crellin

Co-producer of Always Take Notes, Olivia is a journalist, presenter and filmmaker at the BBC in London. She spent four years as a freelance radio and print correspondent in South and North America with bylines in TIME Magazine, The Economist, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and many others.

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JESSICA dannheisser

Jessica, who created our score, is a composer for film, television and theatre. Recent scores include Six Wives With Lucy Worsley, the Emmy award-winning World War II From Space, Rubbish and The Tempest. She studied with Robert Saxton whilst completing her music degree at Oxford.


james edgar

James, who created the visual identity for Always Take Notes, is a freelance graphic designer. Books he has worked on include 'Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course', 'Marmalade' and 'The Secret Lives of Colour'. James also lectures at Plymouth College of Art.


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Zahra, our communities editor, has previously worked at Bloomberg News as blogging editor and Middle East reporter. She's editing a book of essays by Arab women journalists, due for publication by Penguin in 2019. Her work has appeared in the BBC, Al Jazeera English, and Middle East Eye.