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What is The ATA Podcast?

It's a quick way to learn more about ATA—the people, events, and programs. Episodes are presented as short interviews with podcast Host Matt Baird. Easy to listen to, The ATA Podcast offers you a behind-the-scenes view of how ATA works.

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Episode 27

ATA59 Interviews: Jeannette Stewart and Winnie Heh

November 30, 2018

At ATA’s 59th Annual Conference in New Orleans in October 2018, guest podcast hosts Ekaterina Howard and Veronika Demichelis sat down with a number of speakers to discuss their presentations. In this first of three podcasts from ATA59, Ekaterina and Veronika talk with Jeannette Stewart and Winnie Heh about how translators and interpreters can collaborate, what skills they need, and how to find opportunities.

Show Notes

ATA Online Calendar of Translation and Interpreting EventsATA Membership RenewalSlavic Languages Division PodcastJeanette StewardWinnie Heh


What are you waiting for? The 2019 membership renewal form is now online! Whether it's getting a job through a listing in one of ATA's member-exclusive online directories or learning a new way to save time and money, the benefits of ATA membership can more than cover the cost of annual dues. Click to renew now!

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Episode 26

ATA Elections 2018: Meet the Candidates

September 28, 2018

Listen in and learn more about the people on this year's ballot! In the mini-podcasts below, each candidate answers three questions about the future of the Association and their role in it.

The ATA Podcast Host Matt Baird

Director (three-year term): Eve Lindemuth Bodeux

Director (three-year term): Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner

Director (three-year term): Diego Mansilla

Director (three-year term): Meghan McCallum

Director (three-year term): Tianlu Redmon

Director (three-year term): Kyle Vraa

Director (one-year term): Tony Guerra

Show Notes

ATA 2018 ElectionsATA Board of DirectorsHow to Become a Voting MembershipGovernance at a Glance: How ATA WorksATA Committees ATA59 Conference RegistrationATA59 Conference NetworkingAdvanced Skills and Training DayATA's 2018 International Translation Day Social Media Blitz

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Episode 25

International Translation Day with Jamie Hartz and Molly Yurick

September 28, 2018

September 30 was designated International Translation Day (ITD) in 1953. The day has always been a time to congratulate ourselves on a job well done. This year is different! In August, ATA called on members to make ITD 2018 about reaching out and raising awareness of the translation and interpreting professions. Listen in now as ATA volunteers Jamie Hartz and Molly Yurick tell Host Matt Baird how the plans all came together as a full-on social media blitz. #InternationalTranslationDay #ataitd2018

Show Notes

ATA's International Translation Day Social Media Blitz

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Episode 24

The ATA 59th Annual Conference with Ted Wozniak

August 30, 2018

What should every first-timer do? How does the Job Fair work? When is the best time to go to the Exhibit Hall? Does the conference really pay for itself? Ted and Podcast Host Matt Baird cover the ATA Annual Conference from beginning to end in this blockbuster episode.

Bonus! Ted gives listeners an insider's take on what to see and do in New Orleans—and it's not all about the French Quarter!

Show Notes

ATA 59th Annual ConferenceATA59 RegistrationWhy Attend?Networking That WorksEducation You NeedAdvanced Skills and Training DayWelcome CelebrationJob FairExhibit HallTips for Navigating Your First ATA ConferenceBuddies Welcome NewbiesBrainstorm NetworkingBusiness Practices Happy HourDivision EventsAfter Hours CaféBreakfast with the BoardConference AppATA59 Hotel ReservationsRoommate BlogWhat to Do and See in New Orleans


Check out the ATA Annual Conference!ATA59 early registration ends September 14Deadline to Comment on the Machine Translation Position Paper is September 5ATA Webinar Interpreting in Danger ZonesATA Webinar Find and Keep Your Best Clients Using the 80/20 Principle

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Episode 23

The ATA Halftime Report with Corinne McKay and Ted Wozniak

July 16, 2018

In Episode 23 of The ATA Podcast, President Corinne McKay and President-Elect Ted Wozniak give listeners a sneak peek at the upcoming ATA59 Annual Conference—from things to do in the host city of New Orleans to the conference sessions to Advanced Skills and Training Day.

There's also news about the Certification Program, Public Relations, and ATA's outreach to sister organizations and the direct client market. Learn more, listen in!

Show Notes

ATA 59th Annual ConferenceAdvanced Skills and Training DayATA58 Virtual ConferenceATA59 Clickable ButtonATA59 HotelATA Certification ExamNew Certification Exam Language CombinationsATA-Certified Translator LogoATA Advocacy DayATA OutreachPublic Relations Writers GroupATA Certification Exam Prep WorkshopATA Law DivisionATA Member Logo

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Episode 22

How to Establish an ATA Certification Exam in a New Language Combination with David Stephenson

June 18, 2018

Why is there no ATA Certification exam in my language combination? It's a fair question. The answer comes down to demand, team work, training, passage selection, and grading standards--and hundreds of volunteer hours in between.

ATA Certification Committee Chair David Stephenson explains it all to Podcast Host Matt Baird in Episode 22 of The ATA Podcast.

Show Notes

Why Isn't ATA Certification Offered in My Language?Procedure for Establishing a New Language CombinationWant to be an ATA-Certified Translator?About the ATA Certification ExamATA Certification Exam Practice TestHow the Exam Is GradedExplanation of Error CategoriesInto-English Grading StandardsHow to Register for the ExamUpcoming Exam ScheduleFrequently Asked Questions

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Episode 21

ATA Finances with John Milan

May 15, 2018

What do you know about ATA's finances? How is the association funded? How is the budget managed? Who's in charge?

In Episode 21 of The ATA Podcast, Treasurer John Milan walks through ATA's revenue, expenses, budgets, and more with Host Matt Baird. It's a fascinating behind the scenes look.

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Episode 20

ATA Chapters and Divisions with Lucy Gunderson and Tony Guerra

April 16, 2018

One of the most important goals of the American Translators Association is to offer members ways to share resources and build business relationships. ATA Chapters and Divisions do both, but in different ways.

Episode 20 of The ATA Podcast examines those differences as well as the similarities between the two. Even if you think you have no interest in joining an ATA Chapter or Division, it's worth listening to this episode to find out how ATA's enormous diversity became one of its greatest strengths.

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Episode 19

Wrap-Up: T&I Advocacy Day with David Rumsey and Karen Tkaczyk

February 28, 2018

ATA's 58th Annual Conference in Washington, DC was an opportunity too good to pass up. It was the right time and place for a T&I Advocacy Day. And 50 intrepid translators and interpreters were up for the trek to Capitol Hill! It was a new experience for most. How did it go? Find out in Episode 19 as Podcast Host Matt Baird interviews ATA Past President David Rumsey and ATA Secretary Karen Tkaczyk!

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Episode 18

How ATA Works with Corinne McKay

January 31, 2018

To someone just joining ATA—or even to someone who's been a member for years—the association can seem like a complex maze of divisions, committees, chapters, elections, bylaws, and more. In Episode 18 of The ATA Podcast, President Corinne McKay makes sense of it all with a lot of humor in between. Listen now!

Show Notes

ATA Bylaws ATA Board of Directors ATA Divisions ATA Chapters ATA Committees Ethics Committee ATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice ATA Annual Conference Chronicle-Online ATA Elections ATA Nominating and Leadership Development Committee ATA Policies and Procedures

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Episode 17

ATA Year in Review with Corinne McKay

December 28, 2017

In this episode, ATA President Corinne McKay looks back and takes stock of the Association's accomplishments in 2017. Corinne also takes a brief look ahead to ATA's 59th Annual Conference in the Big Easy!

Episode 16

The ATA Public Relations Program with Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo

November 30, 2017

The ATA Public Relations Committee. You're probably asking yourself, "What's in it for me"? Actually quite a lot. Listen in to Episode 16 of The ATA Podcast to learn about the three audiences the PR Committee has targeted for outreach and what it does to get the message across.

Show Notes: ATA Public Relations Committee; ATA Pressroom; Frequently Asked Questions About ATA; "Progress in Public Relations" (The ATA Chronicle May 2015); ATA PR Writers Group: Client Education Through PR Relations; The ATA Compass; ATA PR Rapid Response Team: CNBC Where the Jobs Are; The ATA Chronicle; Directory of Translators and Interpreters; Directory of Language Companies; School Outreach Program; ATA Newsbriefs. Music tracks by

Episode 15

Celebrating International Translation Day 2017 and Volunteerism with David Rumsey

September 30, 2017

International Translation Day is more than a one-day event. Listen to ATA President David Rumsey talk about how translators and interpreters can celebrate their professions all year long as volunteers. David also discusses the background of the UN's historic recognition of September 30 as International Translation Day.

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Episode 14

ATA Elections 2017: Meet the Candidates

September 15, 2017

Listen in and learn more about the people on this year's ballot! In the mini-podcasts below, each candidate answers three questions about the future of the Association and their role in it.

The ATA Podcast Host Matt Baird

President-elect (two-year term): Ted Wozniak

Secretary (two-year term):Karen Tkaczyk

Treasurer (two-year term): John Milan

Director (three-year term): Jennifer Guernsey

Director (three-year term): Tony Guerra

Director (three-year term): Geoff Koby

Director (three-year term): Elena Langdon

Director (three-year term): Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo

Director (three-year term): Kyle Vraa

Want to know more? Read the formal candidate statements, find out the jobs these candidates will face, and finally check out the Board meeting minutes to see the accomplishments of so many previous ATA Officers and Directors. 

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Episode 13

ATA Halftime Report with David Rumsey and Corinne McKay

July 17, 2017

In this episode of The ATA Podcast, President David Rumsey looks back at the first six months of this year as well as at his time in office. Ethics, the computerized certification exam, finances, and outreach to sister organizations are all part of the picture. President-Elect Corinne McKay reviews last year's ATA Annual Conference in San Francisco and this year's Conference in Washington, DC. David and Corinne wrap up the podcast with news on ATA's public relations efforts.

Episode 12

ATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice with Ted Wozniak

June 14, 2017

An association’s code of ethics defines it as no other description can. It tells the group’s purpose; its ideals and values; the standards of professionalism it expects; and most importantly, the real world ethical dilemmas its members may face. Listen in as ATA Ethics Committee Chair Ted Wozniak talks with Host Matt Baird about the association's code and the Committee behind the scenes making it work.

Episode 11

ATA School Outreach Program and Contest with Birgit Vosseler-Brehmer

May 8, 2017

ATA's School Outreach Program is now in its 12th year and more popular than ever!  Listen in as School Outreach Committee Member Birgit Vosseler-Brehmer talks to Host Matt Baird about how members are sharing their careers in classrooms around the world. Birgit also gives up some tips on winning a free registration to ATA's Annual Conference through the School Outreach Contest.

Episode 10

Credentialed Interpreter Listings in ATA Directory with Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner

March 17, 2017

In November 2016 ATA began listing interpreter credentials in its Directory of Translators and Interpreters. What does this mean? For one thing, directory-users can search for interpreters by their credentials and credentialing organizations. But there's more! Find out what else this new feature can do for interpreters in podcast Host Matt Baird's interview with Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner, Chair of ATA's Interpretation Policy Advisory Committee.

Episode 9

ATA Membership with Tess Whitty

February 13, 2017

How does ATA membership pay for itself? Access to clients through the Association's online Directory of Translators and Interpreters is one way. But there's more. Listen in to Episode 9 of The ATA Podcast as host Matt Baird interviews Membership Committee Chair Tess Whitty to learn what Being an ATA Member is all about.

Episode 8

The ATA Webinar Program with Karen Tkaczyk

September 30, 2016

If you read Newsbriefs and The ATA Chronicle, follow ATA on Twitter, or are a member of the ATA LinkedIn group, then you’ve probably seen the announcements for ATA webinars. But have you ever checked them out? And do you know there are more than 60 recorded ATA webinars available on demand? Listen in as host Matt Baird talks to ATA Webinar Subcommittee Chair Karen Tkaczyk about ATA's year-round opportunity for continuing education.

Episode 7

The ATA 57th Annual Conference with ATA President David Rumsey and President-Elect Corinne McKay

August 30, 2016

This year's ATA Annual Conference is headed back to San Francisco--this time with more sessions, more events, and the all-new Advanced Skills and Training Day. If you've never been to an ATA Annual Conference, or even if you have, you'll want to listen in as David and Corinne talk with Host Matt Baird about what's new, which fan favorites are returning, and why you need to be there.

Links in this episode: ATA 57th Annual Conference; ATA57 Conference Hotel Room Reservations; ATA57 Conference Roommate Blog; First-Time Conference Attendee Resources; ATA57 Conference App.

Episode 6

The ATA Client Outreach Kit with Lillian Clementi and Stephanie Tramdack Cash

August 15, 2016

What is the ATA Client Outreach Kit? Listen in as ATA Podcast Host Matt Baird talks with Lillian Clementi and Stephanie Tramdack Cash about the creation of this powerful direct marketing package available to ATA members at no cost.

Episode 5

The Computerized ATA Certification Exam with David Stephenson and Michèle Hansen

June 27, 2016

The first fully computerized ATA Certification Exam was tested this past April and will be available at several exam sittings in the second half of 2016. But what does "computerized exam" mean? How does it work? ATA Podcast Host Matt Baird interviews Certification Committee Chair David Stephenson and Deputy Chair Michèle Hansen to find out.

Episode 4

The ATA Chronicle Revamp with President David Rumsey and President-Elect Corinne McKay

May 31, 2016

The ATA Chronicle recently took the next step in its evolution-the look and feel, the frequency, and the content have changed quite a bit. Maybe you've asked yourself why these changes took place? How did they come about? What's the benefit? The behind-the-scenes story is well worth a listen.

Episode 3

Inside the ATA Board Room with President David Rumsey and President-Elect Corinne McKay

April 18, 2016

What goes on in the ATA Board room? What kinds of issues do the Board Directors discuss? Can members attend? Step inside the ATA Board room with ATA Podcast Host Matt Baird to get an insider’s view from David and Corinne. While you're at it, check out who's on the current ATA Board of Directors.

Episode 2

Miami, San Francisco, and ataTalk with President David Rumsey and President-Elect Corinne McKay

January 15, 2016

Was Miami magical? Will San Francisco be golden? What's ataTalk all about? David and Corinne join host Matt Baird to review ATA's 56th Annual Conference in Miami, give a sneak preview of this year's 57th Annual Conference in San Francisco, and explain why everyone's talking about ataTalk.

Episode 1

The ATA 56th Annual Conference with President Caitilin Walsh and President-Elect David Rumsey

September 30, 2015

With the ATA 56th Annual Conference in Miami just over a month away, PR Committee member Matt Baird chats with Caitilin and David about what's in store for attendees. Find out what's new this year and what's back by popular demand—and see you in Miami!


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