Julian Hayda joined WUWM in March 2020 after producing The 21st, Illinois’ statewide NPR talk show, and Worldview, WBEZ Chicago’s long-standing global issues talk show.
Julian got his start in multimedia journalism by working in Ukrainian community media in Chicago, where he worked on stories about identity, religion, and social justice. His work at VIDIA received international recognition for TV coverage of the now-deposed Ukrainian president’s visit to the 2012 NATO Summit, among other stories. In 2013, Julian co-founded the Euromaidan Journalist Collective, which was among the first English-language teams on the ground of Ukraine’s 2013-2014 revolution and ensuing war. He directed a feature length film about the people who live under the shadow of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, and has also worked on projects in Poland, Slovakia, Chechia, and Cuba.
Julian holds a Master’s degree in International Studies and a Bachelor’s in Film Production and Journalism, both from DePaul University. He comes from a long line of priests, and sees journalism as a perfectly logical continuation of that vocation.