Bill McQuay is an independent audio producer and NPR contributor. For fifteen years McQuay was an NPR sound engineer and technical director for NPR programs including Morning Edition, Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Performance Today, and NPR's Radio Expeditions. Radio Expeditions is where McQuay began his long time collaboration with NPR science correspondent Christopher Joyce, a creative relationship that continues today.
McQuay led NPR's early surround-sound recording effort and was its first technical director. McQuay was also the mastering engineer for NPR's Classics CD's.
In addition to his work with Christopher Joyce, heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Saturday, McQuay has collaborated with NPR Senior Interactive Designer Wes Lindamood to create a series of 'made for headphone listening' experiences on NPR's Sound Cloud as well as the award winning Drowned Out and the 360º VR story Standing on the Edge of Geologic Time.
McQuay's work with NPR has received a variety of awards including a Grammy for the NPR recording of the Benjamin Britten War Requiem in 2000, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Journalism award with the Radio Expeditions reporting and editing team and a 2002 individual artist award from the Maryland State Art Council. In 2016 McQuay shared in the National Academy of Sciences Communications award for the years best science reporting for the NPR series Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound.