For the Record

Meet Chloe Veltman, Bay Area culture correspondent for The New York Times


For the Record is your weekly inside media scoop – and we’re turning the tables.


Instead of being on the receiving end of a media interview, we’re interviewing the media ourselves. Each Thursday, LCI will post a media interview to our blog, Backtalk.  We want to help our readers as well as the PR and media community get to know a few journalists a little bit better.


Enjoy this week’s focus on Chloe Veltman, Bay Area culture correspondent for The New York Times.



Tell us about your dream assignment.


A book about strange and wonderful singing rituals around the world.


Describe the wackiest story you’ve written.


Not sure, maybe the piece I did for the LA Times about the process of memorizing two hours of 12th century chants in Germanized Latin. 


What is your PR pet peeve?


Getting phone calls when an emailed press release will do.


Top trend in the industry you’re currently covering or are interested in.


I guess I’m interested in where the future of PR lies given the huge shifts going on in the media landscape.


Tell us a little about yourself.


I am an arts journalist and broadcaster. I write a culture column from the Bay Area every other week for the New York Times and have written for many other publications, including the LA Times,  The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Financial Times, the Believer, Angeleno magazine, Dwell, Conde Nast Traveler and many others. I have a weekly public radio show about singing, VoiceBox that airs on Friday nights on KALW 91.7 FM. Also, I am an affiliated blogger at and the associate producer of the radio component of Keeping Score, a classical music documentary series sponsored by the San Francisco Symphony for NPR/PBS. I sing with the 32-member International Orange Chorale vocal ensemble and the five-member a cappella ensemble, Full Fathom Five. I also enjoy playing the oboe in various Bay Area orchestras and chamber groups and like long-distance running, yoga and dance. 


To learn more about Chloe Veltman, visit her website 


Be sure to check back next Thursday for the inside scoop on James Reid, producer of KPIX TV’s “Eye on the Bay.”


5 thoughts on “For the Record

  1. Chloe – we love your “fresh voice,” identifying the quirky and the innovative – what really makes San Francisco this unique town. Thanks for joining our blog. Cheers, David

  2. Hi Chloe! We still need to get together and do lunch — and now I know what we should talk about…singing! I’ve done some myself, but more of the classic rock variety. I’ll have to catch your show on KALW.

    Donna Berry

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