Patti Parson is the Managing Producer of the PBS NewsHour where she helps provide editorial, managerial and financial supervision for the show’s tape production. She also is a key member of the development team, responsible for the writing, execution and fulfillment of foundation grants. As head of NewsHour's Science Unit, she has been Principal Investigator or manager of seven National Science Foundation grants. Her own productions and those she has supervised have won numerous awards, including those given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, CINE, and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Parson started her television career on the crew at KCTS/Seattle. She rose to being the station’s Director of Promotions and later senior producer for its public affairs programming. She also helped produce a PBS special and a Bill Moyers’ Journal.
Parson earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and her master’s degree from the University of Washington. She telecommutes from Denver, Colorado.
Patti's Most Recent Stories
May 20, 2014
For the second year in a row, the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs conducted a survey of attitudes towards long-term care among those over age 40. The survey, funded by a grant from The SCAN Foundation which is also a PBS NewsHour underwriter, found that 58% – a 7% increase from last year – now favor a government-administered long-term care insurance program and 81% favor tax breaks to encourage saving for long-term care. Continue reading →
May 19, 2014
Terminally ill patients often are frustrated to hear about experimental drugs they think might help them, but have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration — a process that often takes years.
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