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Enrique Aldana Enrique Aldana (Contact)
Enrique Aldana, Director of Development
Enrique Aldana, AZPM's Director of Development, has a strong track record of building relationships and forging partnerships. Prior to joining AZPM, he was a successful Advertising Sales Manager with Tucson Newspapers and, before that, worked at Xerox Corporation. Born ...
Andy Bade Andy Bade (Contact)
Classical Music Program Coordinator and Afternoon Host (Noon – 7 p.m.)
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 ...
Vanessa Barchfield Vanessa Barchfield (Contact)
Vanessa Barchfield, Radio/TV Announcer, Senior
A Tucson native, Vanessa Barchfield graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2004. The following year, she studied journalism at Sophia College in Mumbai, India, where she received rigorous training in journalistic ethics and inquiry, and solid practical experience ...
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 ...
Susan Beauchamp Susan Beauchamp (Contact)
Sue Beauchamp, Human Resources Coordinator
Sue Beauchamp joined Arizona Public Media as the Human Resources Coordinator in December of 2014 bringing with her over twenty years of Human Resources Management experience. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the State University of New ...
Jim Blackwood Jim Blackwood (Contact)
Jim Blackwood, Audio Mastering and Recording Engineer
Jim Blackwood is AZPM's 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 ...
John Booth John Booth (Contact)
John Booth, Executive Producer
AZPM's executive producer John Booth has been working in media for over thirty years. A graduate of the UA, he holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in Radio & Television. With more than 17 years at Oregon Public Broadcasting ...
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 ...
Butch Bryant Butch Bryant (Contact)
Butch Bryant, Radio Announcer
Butch came to us in June of 1993. At the time, he was a single engineer working for Raytheon. Since then, he's become married and retired. For years, Butch was active in community theater, and was approached in 1993 ...
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 ...
Jennifer Cannon Jennifer Cannon (Contact)
Jennifer Cannon, Account Executive
Jennifer Cannon comes to Arizona Public Media after more than 25 years in advertising, retail management and small business ownership. Her experience as an account supervisor at a national ad agency is an important tool in advising her clients on ...
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 ...
Bobbe Clark Bobbe Clark (Contact)
Bobbe Clark, Membership Coordinator
Bobbe has worked for Arizona Public Media since 1989, first in radio news, then moved to membership in 2011. Enjoys reading, gardening and history, especially Arizona’s rich history.
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 ...
Mariana Dale Mariana Dale (Contact)
Mariana Dale, Online Reporter/Editor
Dale is a multiplatform journalist and enjoys the challenge of juggling a microphone, recorder, pen, camera and notebook while tweeting. A Sonoran Desert native, she graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in ...
Lucinda Davis Lucinda Davis (Contact)
Lucinda Davis, Manager, Membership-Services
Lucinda Davis has worked for Arizona Public Media for 10 years. Previously she worked in the travel industry and has traveled all over the world. She enjoys genealogy research, baking and watching UA basketball. Davis is a graduate of the ...
Fernanda Echavarri Fernanda Echavarri (Contact)
Fernanda Echavarri, Reporter/Producer
Fernanda Echavarri is a multimedia reporter and producer for Arizona Public Media. She covers immigration, education and public affairs for radio, TV and web. Echavarri, a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, won a Rocky Mountain Emmy ...
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 ...
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 & Metro Week Host
Andrea Kelly has been a journalist in Tucson for a decade. She began her career in print journalism at the Arizona Daily Star, where she she covered city and county government and transportation. In 2011, she began working in radio ...
Ed Kesterson Ed Kesterson (Contact)
Ed Kesterson, Radio Program Director
Ed Kesterson, (Ed K.), is the Radio Program Director for Classical 90.5 and NPR 89.1. 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 has produced national documentaries at AZPM for 25 years including Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto to Ice and Unforgettable: The Korean War, the only two AZPM programs on the ...
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 ...
Laura Maher Laura Maher (Contact)
Laura Maher, Volunteer Coordinator
As Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Maher recruits, trains, and manages Arizona Public Media’s dedicated volunteer force. With past experiences in education, writing, and non-profit program coordination, Laura joins AZPM with a longstanding commitment to the vibrant Southern Arizona community. A ...
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 ...
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, Executive Assistant to the General Manager
Mary joined Arizona Public Media in 2012 as its volunteer coordinator and currently serves as Executive Assistant to the General Manager, providing administrative support to the General Manager, Station Manager and senior management team, as well as to the Community ...
Anthony Perkins Anthony Perkins (Contact)
Tony Perkins, Morning News Anchor/Reporter
Tony joined Arizona Public Media in September 2014, continuing a career in broadcast journalism that's spanned more than 30 years and 2 continents. His took his first job as a student broadcast technician at Indiana University Television, and found ...
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 ...
Hillary Rosenfeld Hillary Rosenfeld (Contact)
Hillary Rosenfeld, Television Program Coordinator
Hillary Rosenfeld joined Arizona Public Media in June 2012 and moved into her new role as Television Program Coordinator in February 2014. A native of Philadelphia, she relocated to Tucson in 2002 to attend the University of Arizona where she ...
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 ...
Burt Schneider Burt Schneider (Contact)
Burt Schneider, Radio/TV Announcer
Burt Schneider is the former afternoon host on NPR 89.1. He received a bachelor’s degree in radio-TV from Boston University where he was an announcer on WBUR and WGBH-TV back in the day of the French Chef. He ...
Pat Shallenbarger Pat Shallenbarger (Contact)
Pat Shallenbarger, Account Executive
Pat Shallenbarger, one of AZPM's account executives, is a highly skilled marketing and sales executive with more than 20 years' experience in the Tucson market. Her extensive background began with Tucson Newspapers as an account executive and branch supervisor ...
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 Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and High Country News. She was also ...
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, Videographer/Editor
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 ...
Romi Wittman Romi Wittman (Contact)
Romi Carrell Wittman, Chief Communications Officer
As Arizona Public Media’s Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, Romi Carrell Wittman is responsible for leading AZPM’s marketing, promotions, branding, and communication efforts. She also plays a lead role in developing AZPM’s social and new media strategies ...
Zachary Ziegler Zachary Ziegler (Contact)
Zac Ziegler, Radio News/Public Affairs Reporter
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 ...