Announcing the 2018 Digital Immersion Project Partners

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The 2018 Digital Immersion Project application and judging process has completed, and the 50 station individuals participating in the project have been chosen. The response to the project was extraordinary, with 100 individuals from over 75 PBS stations applying to participate.

All applications were reviewed by a panel comprised of PBS and station colleagues, bringing multiple perspectives and levels of experience to the judging process.

We are excited to kick off the 2nd year of the Digital Immersion Project with such a strong, well-rounded group of public media professionals. The 50 station professionals participating in the Digital Immersion Project are:

Emily Abi-Kheirs, WGBH

Daniel Aguirre, PBS SoCal

Amanda Anderson, Pioneer Public TV

Natalie Benoy, KUED

Eoban Binder, WTIU

Justin Bowers, KERA

Michael Brafford, Twin Cities PBS

Angela Brown, Detroit Public Television

Carole Burns, Milwaukee PBS

Ryne DeCaprio, WQED

Dominic Dezzutti, Colorado Public Television

Laura Dick, KUSM

Thomas Dooley, WXXI

Haley Dubnoff, WCNY

Shannon Ferrare, WQLN

Dino Fontaine, WTJX

Robert Holt, Maine Public Broadcasting

Sarah Householder, WGTE Public Media

Doug Jaggers, WFYI

Tanisha Joe-Conway, AETN

Coco Keevan, UNC-TV

Katrina Kehoe, KLRN

Valerie Kern, Alaska Public Media

Theresa Knight, Iowa Public Television

Jennifer Kowalczyk, Mountain Lake PBS

Mikael LaRoche, WHUT

Melissa Major, WNET

Christy May, WNED

Kellie May, Public Media Connect

Justin McKee, Houston Public Media

Laura McVicker, KPBS

Aaron Morvan, OETA

Patricia Moynihan, WFSU

Vance Orr, WGVU

Sigrid Peterson, Wisconsin Public Television

Tyler Pugh, WTCI-TV

Lindsay Rassmann, NJTV

Joey Reyes, KLRU

Mark Ryan, WFWA

Shatera Sangster, ValleyPBS

Mike Shafarenko, ideastream

Karen Sunderman, WDSE/WRPT

AC Swedbergh, KUAT 6

John Tooraen, LPB

Alyson Trevino, Basin PBS

Michaela Tussey, WNIN

Anastasia Weckerly, WLVT PBS39

J. Whitson, Alabama Public Television

Joy Yoo, WHRO Public Media

Carl Zornes, Georgia Public Broadcasting


The Digital Immersion Project was created by PBS Digital & Marketing, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help improve digital efforts at stations, while offering a way for station staff to connect to a greater public media community of digital professionals.

The professional development program also focuses on strategic and organizational tactics, with the selected participants being able to draw on the project’s teachings and a national network of public media contacts to further digital success at the local level. 

Thank you to all station professionals that applied for this program. PBS and CPB are committed to supporting the development of public media digital professionals, and we hope to continue to offer the Digital Immersion Project and similar opportunities in the years to come.

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