About the Producers
Livelyhood Credit Biographies
Betsy Bayha has more than 15 years of journalism experience with an
emphasis on public broadcasting for National Public Radio and PBS.
She has worked as a producer, director, writer, and associate producer
for a number of video productions. She is also a reporter and writer
for print and new media. Coming to the Working Group in December 1999,
Bayha worked on "Night Shift."
Cantwell has over five years experience in nonprofit finance. She
has trained board members from a variety of nonprofit settings how
to read and make better use of financial statements as planning tools.
Cantwell is currently pursuing a degree in economics and is a co-author
of "A Reader in Black Political Economy: Study Guide." She
also serves on the board of The Agape Foundation, a fund for nonviolent
Katrina Friedman joined Livelyhood as a research associate for "Chipping
Off the Old Block" and then as an associate producer for "Carpool
to Nirvana." Before joining the show, she produced a half hour
documentary about orphans in Cambodia, "The Mystery of Rath Pohl,"
which won an Andrew Stern Award from the UC Berkeley Graduate School
of Journalism and is airing this summer on local PBS stations. She
is currently working as a content strategist for a web consulting
firm in San Francisco.
David Holley is the newest addition to The Working Group. He has a M.S.
in Instructional Technology and a B.A. in Radio/Television communications.
David has worked as a television/new media producer for Black Entertainment
Television, Tech-TV, WTNH-8, and WBNE-59 in New Haven Connecticut.
David hopes to retire early and snowboard.
Matthew takes care of distribution, administration, networking, and
is the voice you'll hear when you call The Working Group. Prior to
TWG he worked in public health for four and a half years, his last
job being a research assistant at Children and the Environment, a
planning project for The California Wellness Foundation.
Jon Halperin has been a producer, associate producer, director, and
editor on a wide range of award-winning documentaries and shorts for
PBS, MTV, and independent distribution. Credits include: The American
Promise; Cadillac Desert; Easy Money; Frontline; and The Minors. He
is currently working on two pieces of his own, Nobel's Briefcase and
City on the Hill.
Producer / Editor
Bob Laird has been a writer/producer/editor for 25 years. He has contributed his work to over
thirty documentaries and television specials with The Working Group since the company formed in
1988. Bob edited the Eddie Izzard comedy special "Dress to Kill" which recently won an
Emmy for Home Box Office.
From 1975 to 1985 Bob owned a production company in Oregon, which produced over 100
commercials and television programs. PM and Evening Magazine, National Geographic,
Chevron, Georgia Pacific, and the British Broadcasting Corporation were just a few
clients. From 1988 to 1996 Bob was chief editor and facilities manager at Monaco Film
and Video in San Francisco. Regular clients included Universal Studios, Fantasy Films,
and Lucasfilm, as well as many independent documentary and film producers. Bob was
also video editor for "In The Shadow of The Stars" which won the 1992 Academy Award
for best documentary film.
Heather Blackwell Love
Heather has been part of the Livelyhood (or The Working Group) team for
nearly two years, seeing three shows transition from conception to
completion. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, she has worked in TV/Film for
7 years juggling the behind-the-scenes details for commercials, feature
films and public television specials. When she's not working, you can find
Heather walking around Lake Merritt, kickboxing her way to Thailand or
shopping at Ikea.
Associate Producer/ Co-Segment Producer
Sean McGinn worked as part of the Livelyhood team from the series'
inception in 1997 until 2000. Prior to Livelyhood, he was the media
assistant for the General Program of the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. In his spare time, McGinn
writes bad short stories and struggles with wanting to be an actor
and having money in his pocket.
Rhian Miller has been a producer with The Working Group since 1990,
co-producing the award-winning series, We Do The Work, and Not In
Our Town. Before joining TWG, Miller produced and directed the award-winning
film Strikestory, about the 1934 San Francisco general strike, and
was the film editor for Jerry Barrish's internationally acclaimed
feature film, Shuttlecock.
Miller is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Chicago
International Film and Video Festival Gold Plaque and the National
Educational Film and Video Festival Gold Apple. Her work has been
featured at the Women in the Director's Chair, Women In Film, and
Leipzig International film festivals.
Morgenstern produced the Singapore segment for "WorldWide Work." Before
that she traveled with Livelyhood associate producing "Our Towns," "Chipping Off
the Old Block," and "Carpool to Nirvana." She also produced a number of the Livelyhood
Web sites. Morgenstern came to The Working Group from the PBS Democracy Project and can
now be found at KQED/San Francisco where she reports for "Springboard."
Sara Needham joined Livelyhood as an associate producer for "Planet Work" in January.
Before joining the show, she directed, produced and edited her Masters thesis film
"Changing Habits" at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. The half-hour
documentary about the life of a Gregorian friar who lives and works in San Francisco's
Castro District has screened at film festivals around the country, including the
Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema in San Francisco. Sara has worked for the
top-rated local news station KTVU, the American Communications Foundation, which produces
pieces for the Osgood File, and on a PBS special about gun violence.
Cathleen O'Connell joined the Livelyhood team during the 2001 season. She
has worked in public television for the past 10 years on a variety of
national programs and series including: "Rock & Roll," "The Mississippi: A
River of Song," "Many Faces, Many Voices," and "Welcome To The Club: The
Women of Rockabilly." She also produced the independent documentary "Time
Capsule: Message In A Bottle" which is currently in educational
Executive Producer/Livelyhood Program Producer
Patrice O'Neill, has been playing with the art of documentary television
for over 15 years. As co-founder of The Working Group, O'Neill has
overseen the nonprofit media company's growth from a shoestring operation
to a nationally-recognized, award-winning production company that
is today the largest distributor of documentaries on workplace issues
in the country.
Her interest in the stories of "extraordinary, ordinary"
people informed her work as executive producer of The Working Group's
long-running series, We Do the Work. O'Neill and Rhian Miller produced
, Not In Our Town (Parts I & II), the PBS specials that helped
mobilize national awareness and community action against hate crimes.
She was co-creator with Will Durst of The Durst Amendment, a topical
comedy show for KQED-TV and is currently working with Durst on an
off-beat exploration of the elections called "The Citizen Durst
Post Production Supervisor
Linda Peckham is Livelyhood's video editor and post production supervisor.
For most of her eight years with The Working Group, Peckham has been
an associate producer and was also the primary editor for We Do The
She served as editor on KQED's award winning series, Green Means.
Peckham studied with acclaimed feminist filmmaker Yvonne Rainer at
the Whitney Museum program in New York. She worked as an editor and
research assistant with award-winning independent filmmakers Trinh
T. Minh-ha, Leslie Thornton, and Jim Culp. She has written about media
and cultural politics for Discourse, Motion Picture, and FrameWorks.
Searles was an associate producer for "Night Shift" and
was The Working Group's Not In Our Town Campaign Coordinator for 1999.
Searles TV credits include, MTV's The Real World San Francisco, Eddie
Murpy's Metro, Heart Mountain--Three Years in a Relocation Center
(PBS), and We Came To Grow (PBS). She has a bachelor's degree from
Concordia University in Communication Studies and a master's degree
in Broadcast & Electronic Communications from San Francisco State
University. Searles is currently an associate producer for the Bayard
Rustin Documentary Film Project, and if all goes well, her next gig
will be a children's television series in New York. Searles' real
life night shift job--back in 1994-95--was as a master control operator
at Sutro Tower in San Francisco.
Sandy Strehlou comes to Livelyhood with twenty years of community
and labor organizing. Prior to assuming the role of development director,
Sandy spent her Livelyhood days doing promotion and outreach for the
series. Regretfully, her dog, Jasper, has not yet made it into a Livelyhood
episode--though she continues to pitch story ideas.
In the past, Joanne Shen has worked as a journalist in
Hong Kong as well as produced and directed several
award-winning short documentaries. Her last
documentary, Cricket Outta Compton, about an American
cricket team has aired on PBS and won first prize in
the Black Maria Film Festival. You can read more about
her work at www.joanneshen.com
Karin Wanless is the Web producer for "Night Shift." At
the University of California at Santa Cruz, she studied journalism
and Latin American and Latino Studies. This is her third nonprofit
Web site she has produced.
Kelly Whalen has worked on the Livelyhood production team since the series
inception in 1997. For the last five episodes of the series, she has worked as a
segment producer. Ms. Whalen has also assistant produced special project series for
Marketplace Radio, airing on National Public Radio, and for The California Report,
produced out of KQED-FM. She received her master's in journalism at the University
of California at Berkeley, where she recently produced and photographed her first
independent documentary, "The Reverend and The Loft King," about the work of a preacher
and a real estate developer in a neighborhood experiencing the pressures of the dot-com economy.