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Story Producers:

Daniel Andries produced Beauty Rises: Four Lives in the Arts in 2006, and was series producer of Artbeat Chicago from 2000 to 2005. He produced Geoffrey Baer's Chicago By Boat: The New River Tour, and previously produced and directed corporate films and videos in New York and Chicago.

Independent producer Laura Brauer produced the first season of Arts Across Illinois in 2000 and 2001.  Previously she produced stories regularly for Artbeat Chicago, and was Associate Producer for WTTW's long-running movie review series, Sneak Previews.

Tracye Campbell was Associate Producer and DVD Producer for Beauty Rises: Four Lives in the Arts in 2006.  Since she joined WTTW in 2000, she has produced for Artbeat Chicago, Arts Across Illinois and Chicago Tonight. She has also been a field producer for TLN Chicago and Beverly Price Productions.

Nicolette Ferri produced CenterStage for five seasons, and won an Emmy Award for the 2004 installment.  She has produced for Artbeat Chicago and was lead producer on WTTW Presents and the movie review series, Sneak Previews.  She is currently WTTW's Director of National Program Development.

Andrea Guthmann is series producer for Arts Across Illinois, producer of the annual Golden Apple Awards and content manager for WTTW Arts Online. She produced news and public affairs segments for Chicago Tonight  before taking a leadership role in arts production at WTTW.

Producer/director Mike Lorentz shares directing duties on Chicago Tonight, and has directed many of WTTW's performing arts programs, including Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage.  He also contributed stories to Artbeat Chicago, and produced and directed two of Geoffrey Baer's popular "tour" shows.

Producer, cameraman and editor Jeff McCarter produced several dozen stories for Arts Across Illinois and Artbeat Chicago.  The founder of Free Spirit Media, a training program for minority youths, he worked on feature films directed by Steven Soderberg and Ron Howard, and on documentaries with PBS and ABC News.

Marc Vitali is currently a Segment Producer for Chicago Tonight. A 16 year veteran of WTTW, his stories have appeared on Wild Chicago, Arts Across Illinois, Golden Apple Awards and Artbeat Chicago. He was also an Arts Fellow with the Getty Center and USC's Annenberg School of Communication.

Additional story producers: Amy Christenson, Fenell Doremus, Eva Egensteiner, Julie Fischer, Karen Friedberg, Jack Ginay, Kristie Koehler, Ken McCarthy and Cary Okoro.

Story shooters and editors: Roy Alan, Barbara E. Allen, Tim Boyd, Don DeMartini, Charles Evans, Bob Furem, Chuck Haynie, Tim Jackson, Cal Langenberg, Mike Prendergast, Tom Siegel, Mark Sofil and Paul Thornton.

Fawn Ring, WTTW's Executive Producer for Arts & Entertainment Programs from 1993 to 2006 has had a long career producing for public television, including five specials for PBS' Great Performances series. Locally, she has overseen dozens of series and specials, including Artbeat Chicago, Arts Across Illinois, WTTW Presents and ArtSafari.

The Web Team:

Adam Fenton serves as Internet Operations Manager for wttw.com and wfmt.com, and led the functionality and implementation development phases for WTTW Arts Online. As a former music major, he enjoys playing trumpet for weddings and church services in Chicagoland.

Tim Ferrin is Assistant Producer on WTTW's Wild Chicago Illinois Road Trip  and Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage and co-founder of Harmony Joyride Productions.  A confessed music fanatic, he also worked on WTTW's national productions Soundstage and Legends of Jazz.  WTTW Arts Online is his first foray into Web development.

Anne Gleason is Vice President of Marketing and New Media at WTTW/WFMT, and oversaw the design and development of WTTW Arts Online. 

Rebecca Gray, serves as Web Designer for wttw.com and wfmt.com, and led the design and production phases for WTTW Arts Online. She is an avid lover of the arts and is currently studying dhrupad (a form of northern Indian classical music) on cello, as well as singing back-up vocals in a world music group.

Paulo Winterstein wrote for the Associated Press, York Daily Record / Hanover Evening Sun, and Homeland Protection Professional while doing his graduate degree at the Medill School of Journalism. After graduation, he spent several months writing stories, gathering photographs and choosing video clips for WTTW Arts Online.   

Web assistance from interns Julie Fischer and Sara Koehler.



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