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Enrique Aldana Enrique Aldana (Contact)
Enrique Aldana, Director of Development
Enrique Aldana joins Arizona Public Media as the new Director of Development and will focus on major gifts development. Enrique comes to AZPM from Tucson Newspapers, Inc. (TNI), where he served as Advertising Sales Manager since 2004. Prior to TNI ...
Andy Bade Andy Bade (Contact)
Andy Bade, Announcer, NPR 89.1 and Classical 90.5
Andy has been an announcer for Arizona Public Media since 2008. Recently, he completed his doctoral degree in choral conducting at the University of Arizona. He has conducted choirs, bands, and orchestras in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Illinois, and currently sings ...
Steve Bayless Steve Bayless (Contact)
Steve Bayless, Senior Editor
In 1994, Steve Bayless joined what was then KUAT-TV as Senior Editor. He has worked on many award-winning programs including The Desert Speaks series, helping it win its many accolades including a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for his efforts on ...
Julie Ben-Yeoshua Julie Ben-Yeoshua (Contact)
Julie Ben-Yeoshua, Program Coordinator for Development and Underwriting
Julie Ben-Yeoshua’s career in the public sector includes experience with the UA College of Medicine, the City of Tucson, and educational institutions in Southern California. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BSIS in Public Management.
Jim Blackwood Jim Blackwood (Contact)
Jim Blackwood, Audio Mastering and Recording Engineer
Managing audio mastering, location music recording, audio production, studio audio engineering, and location sound for television and film. As a mastering engineer, Jim has mastered hundreds of albums for commercial release. AZPM Mastering has been in operation now for over ...
John Booth John Booth (Contact)
John Booth, Executive Producer
John Booth, a Tucson native, has been working in media for over thirty years. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Radio & Television in December 1983, Booth spent the next five and half years at KUAT, now Arizona Public Media, as a production technician and Videographer/Editor. In 1989 he moved his family to Portland, Oregon where, over a seventeen year span at Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), he shot and edited for such national PBS programs as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Frontline, and Nova; produced and wrote programs including Sinking The Lusitania, Occupied Japan, and episodes of The Great Lodges Of ...
Andrew Brown Andrew Brown (Contact)
Andrew Brown, Videographer/Editor
Andrew Brown is a Native Arizonan and has called this state home his entire life. Brown graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in 2004 and has been working in the field since. He spent ...
Pat Callahan Pat Callahan (Contact)
Patricia Callahan, Director of Membership
As the Director of Member Services, Pat is responsible for all aspects of the membership program for Arizona Public Media and its stations, including management of mail solicitation, telemarketing, online and on-air fundraising, and other activities designed to generate membership ...
Luis Carrión Luis Carrión (Contact)
Luis Carrión, Reporter/Producer
Luis Carrión is an award winning producer at Arizona Public Media, and contributes stories for television, radio, and online. His work often highlights the extraordinary stories that are present in our community but are sometimes hidden just beneath the surface ...
Mark Channell Mark Channell (Contact)
Mark Channell, Associate Director of Development
Much of Mark Channell’s professional career has been involved with working for non-for-profits, in both finance and fund raising. He comes to AZPM from the University of Arizona Foundation (UAF) where he worked as a Senior Accountant, and most ...
Michael Chihak Michael Chihak (Contact)
Michael Chihak, News Director
Michael Chihak, AZPM’s News Director, has a distinguished career in journalism. Prior to his work with Arizona Week, he was an independent media relations consultant. Chihak also worked in the non-profit arena as the executive director of the Communications ...
Christopher Conover Christopher Conover (Contact)
Christopher Conover, Reporter/Producer
Christopher Conover joined the Arizona Public Media team in January of 2005. His main beats are politics, the military and the environment. With more than 17 years of experience in broadcast news, Chris brings a wealth of expertise to the ...
Sue DeBenedette Sue DeBenedette (Contact)
Sue DeBenedette, Marketing Manager
As Marketing Manager of Arizona Public Media, Sue is responsible for the marketing, communications, and branding for Arizona Public Media and all of its individual radio and television broadcast channels. She oversees the educational and community outreach efforts on behalf ...
Fernanda Echavarri Fernanda Echavarri (Contact)
Fernanda Echavarri, Reporter/Producer
Fernanda Echavarri covers public affairs, education and immigration for Arizona Public Media. Echavarri, a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, produces content for radio, TV and online. She started her career in print journalism as a reporter ...
Steve Franz Steve Franz (Contact)
Steve Franz, Weekend Announcer, NPR 89.1
Steve Franz comes to us with a lifelong passion for music and a community radio background, having spent time at stations in Memphis, Saint Louis, and our hometown of Tucson. His love of music led him to seek a Master ...
Frank Fregoso Frank Fregoso (Contact)
Frank Fregoso, Chief Broadcast Engineer
Tucson native, Frank Fregoso, started working in broadcasting for Radio Station KXEW while in high school and became Assistant Engineer of the station after graduation. Frank was then given the opportunity to become Chief Engineer with one catch - he had ...
Kimberly Heath Kimberly Heath (Contact)
Kimberly Heath, Chief Financial Officer
Kimberly is responsible for the financial and human resources operations at Arizona Public Media including financial management, budgeting, long range planning and forecasting. She is also responsible for the preparation of audited financial statements as required by the Corporation for ...
Dana Horner Dana Horner (Contact)
Dana Horner, General Sales Manager
Dana oversees the Underwriting sales effort for the radio and television properties as well as online media. Since 1982 he served as General Manager for commercial radio stations and groups of stations in Seattle, Detroit, New York City, Salt Lake ...
Ian Hubbell Ian Hubbell (Contact)
Ian Hubbell, Post-Production Manager
Ian joined AZPM in April 2012 as the Post Production Supervisor. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in liberal Arts with a concentration in Electronic Filmmaking and Digital Design. Before joining AZPM he worked for Fox News ...
Marti Jager Marti Jager (Contact)
Marti Jager, Underwriting Consultant
Marti Jager joins AZPM as an Underwriting Consultant. Jager recently relocated to Tucson from Bend, Oregon where she was an Account Executive for a local radio group for over 11 years. She attained the designation of Certified Radio Marketing Consultant ...
John Kelley John Kelley (Contact)
John Kelley, Radio & Television Station Manager
John Kelley has been with Arizona Public Media since 2002. Before coming to Tucson, he served as assistant general manager of classical WBJC-FM in Baltimore, Maryland, and operations director and morning host for classical WDAV-FM in Charlotte, North Carolina. In ...
Andrea Kelly Andrea Kelly (Contact)
Andrea Kelly, Reporter/Producer
Andrea Kelly covers local government and politics for Arizona Public Media. She strives to let people know what's going on in their local government and to shed light on how elected officials make decisions. Her goal is to give ...
Ed Kesterson Ed Kesterson (Contact)
Ed Kesterson, Radio Program Director
Ed Kesterson, (Ed K.), is the Radio Program Director for Classical 89.1 and NPR 90.5. Ed is responsible for radio programming decisions, studio and automation processes, interpretation of audience surveys, and quality control of our local presentation. Ed ...
Tom Kleespie Tom Kleespie (Contact)
Tom Kleespie, Senior Producer - Special Projects
Tom Kleespie is Senior Producer, Special Projects at Arizona Public Media. He's traveled the deserts of the world for 19 seasons for his work on The Desert Speaks, airing on over 300 PBS stations nationally and the winner of ...
Daniel Kruse Daniel Kruse (Contact)
Dan Kruse, Afternoon Announcer, NPR 89.1
Dan has been a Tucson resident since 1997. He worked briefly in radio broadcasting on the East Coast in the ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, then had a two-decade career in corporate film and video before moving to Arizona ...
Jorg Maulshagen Jorg Maulshagen (Contact)
Jorg Mauelshagen, Weekend Announcer, Classical 90.5
Jorg Mauelshagen was born in Wuppertal, Germany and arrived in Tucson after living in Central America and New York City in 2002. With a lifelong interest in music he started producing and hosting radio shows at KXCI 91.3 Community ...
Laura McKee Laura McKee (Contact)
Laura McKee, Executive Assistant to the General Manager of Arizona Public Media.
Laura joined Arizona Public Media in January, 2010 as the Executive Assistant to the General Manager. Her primary role is assisting the General Manager and the senior management team as well as administrative responsibilities on behalf of the Community Advisory ...
Mark McLemore Mark McLemore (Contact)
Mark McLemore, Host of Arizona Spotlight, Reporter/Producer, NPR 89.1
Mark McLemore has been the host of Arizona Public Media's Arizona Spotlight since July 2007. It is a weekly public affairs, culture, and arts show with a very wide beat. Mark has done stories about topics ranging from wildfires ...
Ben Nead Ben Nead (Contact)
Ben Nead, Mid-day Announcer, NPR 89.1
Ben began his broadcast career in 1978 as an on-air music host for the Pennsylvania State University's student radio station, WDFM. Concurrently, he studied the art of guitar luthiery and moved to Tucson in 1983 to repair and restore ...
Tony Paniagua Tony Paniagua (Contact)
Tony Paniagua, Reporter/Producer
Tony Paniagua is the producer of AZ Illustrated Nature program on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on PBS 6 and a news reporter. Tony joined Arizona Public Media in 2005, but his return to Tucson was the second time ...
Mary Paul Mary Paul (Contact)
Mary Paul, Volunteer and Program Coordinator
Mary recruits, schedules and manages the hardworking and dedicated volunteers who provide clerical support to AZPM and who assist with research, production, member services, special events and pledge drives. She also works closely with the marketing and development teams to ...
Ted Prichard Ted Prichard (Contact)
Ted Prichard, Weekday Afternoon Announcer, Classical 90.5
Having grown up in NY State’s Hudson Valley, much of Ted’s adult life has been spent in CA, a region to which Navy schooling had introduced him during his military service. He has volunteered with the Carmel Bach ...
Jacobo Ramirez Jacobo Ramirez (Contact)
Jacobo Ramírez, Director, Senior
Jacobo Ramirez joined the AZPM family in 1989 as Television Director. With 26 years of television experience, Jacobo has directed AZPM’s nightly magazine Arizona Illustrated, now AZ Illustrated. Jacobo also directs Studio production for the weekly show Arizona Week ...
James Reel James Reel (Contact)
James Reel, Music Director and Week-day Morning Announcer, Classical 90.5
James Reel is the weekday morning announcer for Classical 90.5. He also serves as executive director of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and administrative consultant to the Tucson Desert Song Festival. In print, he’s the former arts editor ...
Sandra Riggins Sandra Riggins (Contact)
Sandra Riggins, Underwriting Consultant
Sandra Riggins, AZPM Underwriting Consultant, is an Arizona native and formerly an advertising manager with the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen newspapers for 17 years. Her extensive advertising sales and marketing experience also includes management positions with the Miami ...
Steven Riggs Steven Riggs (Contact)
Steve Riggs, Senior Videographer/Editor
Steve Riggs joined Arizona Public Media as a senior videographer/editor with 11 years of visual storytelling experience. A native of Phoenix, Steve has traveled to 12 countries and 47 out of the lower 48 states. Steve is a graduate ...
Mitchell Riley Mitchell Riley (Contact)
Mitchell Riley, Producer/Editor
Mitchell Riley earned his B.A. from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and an M.F.A. in Film from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. After graduating from NYU, he and a friend started ...
Lorraine Rivera Lorraine Rivera (Contact)
Lorraine Rivera, Arizona Week Host and Producer
Rivera is a veteran broadcaster having worked in the Yuma and Tucson television markets for the last decade. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, School of Journalism with minors in English and Mexican-American Studies, and enjoys cheering ...
Martin Rubio Martin Rubio (Contact)
Martín Rubio, Production Manager
Martín Rubio is an award-winning videographer and documentary filmmaker for Arizona Public Media, Tucson’s PBS affiliate. Most recently, Rubio’s work aired on PBS as a national, prime-time broadcast of “Phoenix Mars: Onto the Ice” (2009). Rubio has had ...
Gisela Telis Gisela Telis (Contact)
Gisela Telis, Reporter/Producer
Before joining the AZPM team in October 2010, Gisela Telis worked as a freelance writer, producer and photographer covering science and the environment for national publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, High Country News and Science. She is also the ...
John Weaver John Weaver (Contact)
John Weaver, Morning Announcer, NPR 89.1
A graduate of the University of Montana, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio & Television, John has extensive experience in both commercial and public radio throughout the Midwest, having most recently spent more than seven years ...
Sandra Westdahl Sandra Westdahl (Contact)
Sandra Westdahl, Production Technician
Before Sandra Westdahl moved to the United States, she worked as a youth reporter for a local newspaper in her native Sweden. That’s when she fell in love with everything journalism has to offer. And she never looked back ...
Zachary Ziegler Zachary Ziegler (Contact)
Zac Ziegler, Reporter/Weekend News Anchor, NPR 89.1
A born-and-raised Tucsonan, he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He fell in love with NPR while in college, and started his career with Arizona Public Radio as an Operations Assistant, then ...