Tom Kleespie

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 PBS primetime schedule. He's traveled the deserts of the world for 19 seasons while producing The Desert Speaks, airing on over 300 PBS stations nationally. The Desert Speaks is the winner of multiple regional and national awards, including 24 Rocky Mountain Emmy® Awards. Kleespie also produced Level One Trauma, Seeking Water From the Sun, Together We Heal, Unforgettable: The Korean War, Barrios and Barriers, Phoenix Mars Mission: Ashes to Ice and the follow-up program, Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto to Ice, Southwestern Gems: Our Desert National Parks and the Tucson Remembers series which included Tucson Remembers: The War Years, Tucson Remembers: The Battle for Europe, and Tucson Remembers: War in the Pacific and A Show of Courage. Kleespie, a Tucson native, joined KUAT-TV 38 years ago as a member of the student production crew. Four years later, he became a full-time studio supervisor. He also did a four-year stint directing Arizona Illustrated, was a KUAT membership pledge producer, and worked for two years producing and directing for South Dakota Public Television.

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