Our tpt MN team is made of the most talented, creative individuals. TPT’s staff is one of the most seasoned and respected in the PBS system for their skills and pursuit of excellence.
The Minnesota Productions & Partnerships team includes Production Assistants, Line Producers, Producers, Videographers, and Editors. Each of these production team members brings to the table a wealth of knowledge, experience, creativity, and a keen ability to tell stories. No matter the topic area, our team works with our partners to help them channel the energy and expertise in the best way possible to tell their story.
DANIEL PIERCE BERGIN, SENIOR PRODUCER & PARTNERSHIP MANAGER
Tel. 651-229-1425 | Email: email@example.com
For over 20 years, Daniel Pierce Bergin has been creating media that engages, informs, and inspires. In work like North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers, Homeless Youth: Finding Home, and Lowertown: The Rise of an Urban Village, his storytelling often fuses diverse perspectives, history, and the power of place.
CARRIE CLARK, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Tel. 651-229-1412 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Clark finds herself motivated by the collaboration at tpt’s Minnesota Productions & Partnerships team. When she’s not working on tpt productions, which vary from long-form documentaries for broadcast television to short-form pieces for the web, she continues to keep her creativity satisfied by producing and directing personal projects.
ROBERT EDWARDS V, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Robert Edwards has been a faithful steward of the public trust* since 2010. His work has covered various topic areas including education reform, navigating the end of life, children’s poetry, racism and encouraging young people to pursue STEM careers. He’s also one of TPT’s resident animators.
Tel. 651-229-1205 | Email: email@example.com
LEYA HALE, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (DAKOTA/NAVAJO)
Tel. 651-229-1212 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before joining tpt, Leya Hale was a Production Assistant on a Vision Makers Media funded documentary entitled Warrior Women, the untold history of women’s activism in the Red Power Movement. In 2012, she joined tpt’s Legacy Arts and Cultural Department as a Production Assistant and served as Co-Producer for The Past Is Alive Within Us: The U.S.-Dakota Conflict. This documentary examines the state’s involvement in the Dakota War as the Civil War was simultaneously raging. She is currently assisting with the production of the fourth documentary in the Lost Twin Cities series that celebrates a variety of historical aspects of the Twin Cities area. Leya is honored to be part of the talented Minnesota Productions & Partnerships team.
LUKE HEIKKILA, SENIOR PRODUCER/LINE PRODUCER
Tel. 651-229-1298 | Email: email@example.com
Luke Heikkila has been working with tpt partners and producing stories with them since 2004. In that time, he has learned about the many great nonprofit organizations working to make our community better.
Having two military embeds under his belt (Iraq, 2009 and Afghanistan, 2012) Luke has developed a deep-rooted appreciation for what our nation’s Veterans have done for all of us. When he is not working with military and Veteran-related stories for Minnesota Productions & Partnerships, he is tackling any number of stories that come his way during a given year. It is this variety that keeps him refreshed and ready to tackle his next project.
As an avid photographer on his own time, Luke brings a creative eye to his projects and enjoys working with our team of videographers and editors to help make his co-productions stand out.
AMANDA REARDON, SENIOR LINE PRODUCER
Tel. 651-229-1415 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Reardon shares her time between Production Services and Minnesota Productions & Partnerships. Whether it is about frozen treats or food aid, she is committed to assisting clients and partners in disseminating their message.
STEVE SPENCER, SENIOR PRODUCER
Tel. 651-229-1517 | Email: email@example.com
Steve Spencer designed his own Film Studies major at the University of Minnesota before arriving at Twin Cities Public Television as an intern in the Arts & Cultural Department. Soon, he was creating documentaries for the Emmy®-winning series Tape’s Rolling before moving to NewsNight Minnesota as Producer. Steve was one of the first producers for the Minnesota Channel, which features more than a dozen of his regional Emmy®-nominated programs, including four winners.
ARIEL TILSON, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER & PARTNER MANAGER
Tel. 651-229-1519 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ariel spends her time both creatively overseeing the production of documentary projects, in addition to intentionally developing ideas with a diverse array of Minnesota Productions & Partnerships’ non-profit partners. During her time in Graduate School at the New School in New York City, Ariel focused her studies on the direct impact of storytelling through documentary films to effect change on social issues and to strengthen broader public empathy. Public media has always seemed to her a key medium for creating more engaged citizens and empathetic neighbors. She is elated to continue this work on a local level at Twin Cities PBS, specifically focusing on multi-cultural stories and inter-cultural engagement with New Americans and under-represented communities throughout Minnesota.