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Producer Bios

Geoffrey Portrait

Geoffrey Baer

Geoffrey Baer is a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and program host for WTTW Channel 11 (PBS) in Chicago. He is best known as the host and writer of WTTW’s popular feature-length specials about Chicago architecture and history including Chicago’s Lakefront, Chicago by Boat: the New River Tour, Chicago’s Loop: a Walking Tour, and Chicago by ‘L’: Touring the Neighborhoods, as well as six programs covering virtually all of Chicago’s suburban areas. He took viewers on a culinary tour in The Foods of Chicago: a Delicious History, which was nominated for a coveted James Beard Award, and explored the surprising side of the city in Hidden Chicago. His seventeenth special, Biking the Boulevards debuted in the fall of 2010.

Mr. Baer also appears regularly on WTTW’s flagship nightly public affairs program Chicago Tonight answering viewers’ questions about Chicago architecture and history in a segment called Ask Geoffrey.

In his 21 years at WTTW he has been Executive Producer of the weekly cultural magazine show Artbeat Chicago and of the weekly documentary series Chicago Stories. He has also written and produced numerous other documentaries and cultural and entertainment specials for WTTW and PBS.

For radio, he writes and narrates stories about Chicago history heard nationally over NPR stations on weekly broadcasts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Before joining WTTW, he worked at local NBC and ABC TV stations in Cincinnati, Michigan, and Philadelphia. He also spent five years on the theater faculty at Chicago’s high school for the arts.

In addition to his Emmy awards, Mr. Baer has received the CPB Gold Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcast, and awards from the National Association of Broadcasters, the New York Festivals, the U.S. International Film and Video Festival and the Chicago Headline Club. He has also been honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Illinois State Historical Society.

Mr. Baer has been a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation since 1987. He is a board member of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture and Design Society and an emeritus board member of Lookingglass Theatre Company.

He has a master’s degree in theater from Northwestern University an undergraduate degree in Radio/TV/Film from Miami University in Ohio.

Dan Portrait

Daniel Andries

Daniel Andries has been a producer with WTTW Channel 11 since the summer of 2000. He worked over half a decade as Series Producer of Artbeat Chicago, WTTW's weekly arts magazine series, earning a number of Midwest Emmys for himself, the show and its producers and hosts. His 2006 hour-long documentary on Illinois artists Orbert Davis, Dessa Kirk, Allison Joseph and the late Laura Wiley, Beauty Rises: Four Lives in the Arts was produced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Illinois Arts Council and won two Emmys, two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club and a Silver Plaque from the Chicago International Television Festival. Other work on the arts includes Remembering Ed Paschke, arts reporting for Chicago Tonight, producing Arts Across Illinois Centerstage and acting as Executive Producer for Arts Across Illinois. Daniel previously worked with Geoffrey Baer as producer of Baer’s tour shows Chicago by Boat: The New River Tour and The Southwest Suburbs: Birthplace of Chicago. Other credits include Out & Proud in Chicago, Irish Chicago, and DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis.

A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Daniel first learned about architecture and Chicago history from Rexley Warren Rexford in an ongoing private tutorial on the subject that lasted years. He is thrilled to bring a little bit of that perspective to bear on Architect Robert A.M. Stern: Presence of the Past. He is also very thrilled to be working with on this project with two of his favorite colleagues, Geoffrey Baer and Sara Medlin.

Sara Portrait

Sara Medlin

Sara Medlin has served as an Associate Producer for WTTW Channel 11 since the winter of 2008. Her work includes the Emmy-nominated documentary, Out & Proud in Chicago, a history of Chicago’s GLBTQ community, as well as other local history documentaries: Hidden Chicago, Hidden Chicago II, Chicago’s Lakefront, and Irish Chicago. She acted as Web Producer and Associate Producer for the Gracie award-winning series Health Secrets: What Every Woman Should Know. In 2005, Sara scaled the wall of Le Corbusier’s Le Cabanon, the compound he built for his wife, and where he also spent summers dreaming, drawing, thinking, writing, and swimming. She holds degrees in Art & Art History from Kalamazoo College.



Daniel Andries


Geoffrey Baer


Daniel Andries & Geoffrey Baer

Original Score Composed & Performed by

Nicholas Tremulis & Rick Barnes

Director of Photography

Matthew Howe


Paul Thornton

Associate Producer

Sara Medlin


Marc Hoppe

Art Director

Linda Fox

Web Producer

Sara Medlin

Production Interns

Rosa Pergams

Additional Production Support

Carmen Schmidt

Additional Field Producing

Matthew Chamberlin

Additional Camera

Daniel Andries
Tim Boyd
Tom Brunstetter

Additional Audio

Larry Williams, Jr.

Post Production Engineer in Charge

Don DeMartini

Additional Post Production Engineering

Mark Anderson

Original Score Engineered by

Andy Shoemaker

Facilities Manager

Michelle McKenzie-Voigt

Media Manager

Barry Blue


Julia Maish


Jerry Glover

Special Thanks

Edgar Almaguer
Tom Bassett-Dilley
Muffie Dunn
Keith Bringe
Gregg Carlovich
Stuart Cohen
Cynthia Davidson
Peter Morris Dixon
Zurich Esposito
Bridget Foley
Gloria Feliciano
David Giesbrecht
David Huber
Joan Jastrebski
Kara Kelly
Mike Kim
Amelia Kohm
Edward Lifson
Rusty & Melanie Medlin
Anne Northrup
Lucy O’Brien
Pat Odom
Dan Protess
Christian Rizzo
Sarah Rogers
Jac Rubenstein
Pauline Saliga
Laura Tatum
Adam Vida
Taber Wayne
Mara Wilhelm
Rexley Warren Rexford


Kevin Crowley
Chris Ege
Anne Gleason
Jenny Macchione
John Ritterbush

Executive Producer

V.J. McAleer
Dan Soles

A Production of

WTTW Chicago
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