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Our Team

Alla Lora
  • Series Producer
    Washington Week

Alla is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer who joined Washington Week with Gwen Ifill in 2006.  She has extensive network news experience covering every major news event in the past two decades including the Oklahoma City bombing, the  trial of Timothy McVeigh, the contested 2000 presidential election, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

From 2000-2004, Lora was a senior producer with MSNBC/NBC in charge of developing live interview segments for more than 60-hours of regular programming and breaking news coverage. She was also part of the team that produced 24/7 coverage of the September 11 attacks and a series of town hall meetings that were honored with Emmy and National Headliners awards.

Lora began her career in local news working in various markets including Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, New Haven, Connecticut and Washington, DC as a producer, executive producer and assistant news director. She has developed and launched a number of original programs including an Emmy-award-winning special on teen drinking and driving.

Alla grew up in northeast Ohio and is a cum laude graduate of Baldwin Wallace College where she majored in mass communication and business administration.

Matt Loffman
  • Producer
    Washington Week

Matt joined Washington Week in 2012 from NBC News where he was a political researcher covering the 2012 presidential campaign from the Republican primary fight through Election Night.  His reporting, writing and video regularly appeared on nbcnews.com and NBC News broadcasts. 

Matt has also worked with the Political Unit at ABC News, Meet the Press at NBC News and WUSA, the CBS affiliate in Washington.

He is a graduate of George Mason University where he studied biology and communication.

Jeff Bieber
  • VP of Content Development and Production
    WETA
  • Executive Producer
    Washington Week

Jeff Bieber is a veteran executive producer of public television documentaries, specials, news and cultural programs at WETA, the public broadcasting station for the Greater Washington area. He is responsible for creating and managing major primetime series for PBS, including America at a Crossroads, a series of 20 documentaries about the Iraq War, Terrorism and America’s response to 9/11 and winner of 2008 EMMY and Columbia-DuPont awards; The Mysterious Human Heart, winner of a 2008 EMMY award; The Jewish Americans, a six-hour series that aired in January 2007; Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal, winner of a 2008 Peabody Award; as well as an six-hour documentary series Latino Americans, winner of a 2013 Peabody Award.

Bieber’s responsibilities include forging media partnerships, fundraising and managing public media campaigns. Bieber has also produced numerous documentaries, news specials, multi-camera music specials at the U.S. Capitol and The Kennedy Center and daily coverage of the WACO, Whitewater, Clarence Thomas Hearings as well as continuous news coverage of the attacks and aftermath of 9/11.

Amy Hansen
  • Associate Producer
    Washington Week

Prior to joining the Washington Week team in 2017, Amy was a digital projects producer for WKYC in Cleveland. She wrote stories, updated social media platforms, and worked on long-form digital projects for the NBC affiliate's digital channels.

Amy also has worked as an education reporter at Cleveland’s WCPN/WVIZ ideastream and an enterprise reporter at the Beaver County Times in Western Pennsylvania.

She graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from Emerson College in Boston and a bachelor’s degree in communications from The University of Akron. 

Halima Gikandi
  • Gwen Ifill Fellow
    Washington Week

Halima Gikandi joined Washington Week in 2017 as a Gwen Ifill Fellow. She previously worked on the NPR show On Point with Tom Ashbrook as an intern and then freelance producer.

Halima graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a degree in history, essentially reporting on the past.

She intends to pursue a career in political reporting.  

Kaitlyn Roman
  • Production Assistant
    Washington Week

Kaitlyn joined Washington Week in 2017.

She is a 2017 graduate of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism where she studied Broadcast Journalism.

Kaitlyn started her career working as a reporter and producer at the local PBS affiliate in Athens, OH, WOUB-TV.

She also interned in the Political Unit at CBS News during the 2016 Election and worked as a runner at the Republican National Convention in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.