PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS
Rick Young, Senior Producer
Starting his career with PBS in 1991, Mr. Young's credits include more than 15
programs for the PBS flagship documentary series, Frontline. In 2002,
he joined Hedrick Smith Productions as producer for the Emmy Award-winning PBS Frontline investigative
report, The Wall Street Fix. Since then he has collaborated with
Hedrick Smith as producer on two more Frontline programs, Tax
Me If You Can and Is Wal-Mart Good for America? In
2001, he was producer and correspondent for Gunrunners, a documentary
about the illegal small arms trade that launched the PBS series Frontline/World.
His work has garnered five Emmy nominations and his stories and commentaries have
appeared on National Public Radio (NPR) and in The New York Times, The
Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun. Prior to turning to
television production, Mr. Young served from 1983-1989 as an investigator
on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Sarah Colt, Producer
Ms. Colt spent seven years working for PBS at David Grubin Productions in New
York City before joining Hedrick Smith Productions to produce Making Schools
Work. Her credits for PBS include Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm,
a ninety-minute profile of the United Nations secretary general; RFK,
a two-hour biography of the Robert Kennedy; and The Secret Life
of the Brain, an Emmy award winner for Outstanding Science,
Nature and Technology Programming. In 2004 she was awarded a Pew
International Journalism Fellowship and traveled to Namibia to produce
a piece on the racial imbalance of land ownership fourteen years
after independence from South Africa. Colt began her career with
PBS in 1994 working for the MacNeil/Lehrer
She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1992.
Carol Slatkin, Editor
Ms. Slatkin has worked on a variety of award-winning documentaries over
the past 20 years that have been broadcast on PBS, National Geographic
Television, Discovery, CNN, NBC and TBS. In 2004, she co-edited With All
Deliberate Speed, a feature-length documentary about the Brown vs. Board
of Education decision, which was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy.
She has edited several Hedrick Smith Productions documentaries including
Frontline's Is Wal-Mart
Good for America?; Critical Condition: The Uninsured; Challenge
to America and Juggling Work and Family. Other
credits include Who Plays God?, broadcast on PBS; Frontline's Inside
the Drug Cartels; and National Geographic's Wild Chimps with
Penny Trams, Editor
Ms. Trams has been editing documentaries for 20 years. Her work includes
projects for PBS, NBC, ABC, National Geographic, Discovery and several independent
documentary productions. They have won numerous national and international
awards including several Emmys, a Peabody, the BACA award for Outstanding Documentary,
and many Gold awards from film festivals. Recent productions include With
All Deliberate Speed, a theatrical documentary produced by
Discovery Communications; First Ladies: Private Lives Public
Expectations, an election special for PBS; and Vietnam: Pictures
from the Other Side, for National Geographic.
Corey Ford, Field Producer
Mr. Ford has collaborated on 15 films for the PBS documentary series, Frontline.
Two Frontline shows about the events surrounding September 11, 2001, Target
America and Gunning for Saddam, won the duPont-Columbia
Gold Baton Award for excellence in journalism. Ford is no stranger
to producing films about education. Before working on Making Schools Work,
he was Associate Producer of Misunderstood Minds, a two-hour PBS
special for WGBH/Boston about learning differences and disabilities
and Producer and Director of Reading With Your Kids!, a film that
was distributed to families of Boston Public School students. His
other projects include films for National Geographic and UNC-TV. His work also
includes shooting, editing, graphics and DVD production.
Courtenay Singer, Field Producer
Ms. Singer is a freelance filmmaker who began her career at the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Since then she has worked on programs for the National Geographic
Channel, MSNBC, HGTV and PBS. Her production credits for National Geographic include
Field Producer for Catastrophe: Surviving Hurricane Floyd; Booking
Producer for Inside Base Camp; and Associate
Producer for the Taboo series. Prior to her filmmaking career,
she worked as a Communications Specialist for the World Health Organization in
Geneva, Switzerland and as Director of Communications at the National Department
of Health in Pretoria, South Africa. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University,
an M.P.H. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a certificate
in documentary filmmaking from George Washington University.
Alicia Woodard Green, Associate Producer
Before joining Hedrick Smith Productions, Ms. Green was an investigative producer
for WTTG, the Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C. There, she won an Edward R. Murrow
Award and three Emmys for her investigative work. Prior to that, Ms. Green produced
WTTG's morning show and served as a writer for its 10 p.m. newscast. She began
her journalism career at Sky News in London before becoming the 10 p.m. producer
at WMBD, the CBS affiliate in Peoria, Ill. She graduated from Washington University
in St. Louis and holds a Master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of
Journalism at Northwestern University.
Sam Hornblower, Production Assistant
Mr. Hornblower joined Hedrick Smith and Rick Young in February
2004, on the PBS Frontline program Is Wal-Mart Good for America?
Previously, Sam was a researcher on another Frontline production, The
won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He began as a reporter
for two small daily newspapers in Massachusetts, before being picked up by Frontline to
do a web site on the life of Lee Harvey Oswald. He graduated from
Harvard University in 2002.
Jenny Smith, Principal Researcher and Web Editor
Ms. Smith conducted the initial research for Making Schools Work and
was instrumental in developing a web site in conjunction with the show. She has
worked on numerous award-winning PBS documentaries with Hedrick Smith Productions
including Juggling Work and Family, Seeking Solutions and Surviving
the Bottom Line. Her writing credits include Education and Public
Health, a book for educators, and A Spark in the Dark, a children's
book co-authored with her husband. She has also written several professional development
courses for teachers through the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Previously Ms. Smith worked at Placer County Mental Health Department as a Program
Coordinator. She has an undergraduate degree from Boston College and an M.A. in
the field of psychology from John F. Kennedy University.