- VP of Content Development and ProductionWETA
- Executive ProducerWashington 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.
- Consulting Executive ProducerWashington Week
Over the past 30 years, Ann has produced history in the nation’s most prestigious newsrooms. She has mentored talented young journalists and has learned from the legends. She has covered issues that get to the heart of the national conversation and the facts essential to continue an honest debate.
Ann worked for MSNBC as Senior Producer and Co-Executive Producer of "Hardball with Chris Matthews" from 2001 to 2017, managing Washington staff while being responsible for editorial content and programming. Before that, Ann worked at the National Journal Group as an executive producer, creating and developing branded programming for The Hotline, National Journal and The Atlantic. Ann has also worked for America Online as their Senior Political Producer and at CBS Radio as Executive Producer of the Mary Matalin Show. Earlier in her career, she worked at both the Financial News Network and NBC, where she worked with legendary reporters including Jack Anderson and Tim Russert, as well as creating the first primetime cable news show anchored by two women--"Equal Time with Mary Matalin and Jane Wallace."
She came into journalism after working part-time as a business reporter for WTOP radio and television in Washington, D.C., while also working at Shearson American Express, where she was one of the first women promoted from stock broker to vice president.
In the fall of 2019, Ann was a Fellow at the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, where she taught a journalism course entitled "Producing History."
Ann has her Bachelor of Science in English Education from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and has since been honored with the school's Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Senior ProducerWashington Week
Sandy Petrykowski is an Emmy-award winning multimedia writer, producer, and reporter.
Petrykowski covered the 2016 US presidential election through the lens of the economy with the collaborative, multiplatform reporting project with PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE, and APM’s Marketplace called “How the Deck Is Stacked.”
Sandy has also covered business, science, and foreign affairs. She began her career in New York City working for ABC News World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, the documentary program “Turning Point” and with Discovery News, a science news show produced by ABC News for the Discovery Channel. She was based in Egypt from 1999 to 2008 where she covered breaking news as well as produced feature stories and documentaries for CNN, The Discovery Channel and NPR, and during her final year there was Bureau Chief for National Geographic.
Petrykowski’s long form work includes: “CNN Presents Egypt: A Test Case for Democracy”; “American Pharaoh” – a film about the Egyptian national soccer team and their American Coach, Bob Bradley, as they tried to navigate a revolution and win a bid for the World Cup, and developing and producing a feature length performance documentary celebrating Duke Ellington’s centennial for PBS Great Performances called “Swingin with Duke: The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.”
- ProducerWashington Week
Simon Epstein, is a multiple Emmy award winning producer. Simon’s long-form productions include three historical retrospectives on the District of Columbia for Public television, and the public affairs Specials American War Generals, and The Last Days of Osama bin Laden for the National Geographic Channel. Simon’s work also appears nationally on Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, A&E, and History Channel, as well as a number of international broadcast outlets.
- Associate ProducerWashington Week
Fiona Glisson is a writer and journalist with a focus on politics and technology. Prior to joining the Washington Week team, Fiona worked at the CBS Evening News, producing the opening sequence of the broadcast for the network’s flagship nightly broadcast. Working on the CBS National Desk, she covered national breaking news. She began her career at ABC News as an associate producer on Barbara Walters’ team.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Fiona graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania. She also plays the harp.
- Associate ProducerWashington Week
Roey Hadar is an associate producer for Washington Week. He first joined the Washington Week team in January 2019 as the Gwen Ifill Fellow and then worked on the show as a production assistant before becoming an associate producer.
Before joining the Washington Week team, Roey worked at ABC News as their Frank Reynolds Fellow, working as a researcher on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” while contributing stories for ABCNews.com and the ABC News Political Unit.
He also has a background in sports reporting, having interned with SB Nation.
Originally from New Jersey, Roey has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he majored in international politics, and a master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
- Production AssistantWashington Week
Laura Castro Lindarte joined Washington Week as the Gwen Ifill Fellow in January 2020 and became a production assistant in August 2020. Before this, she interned for CQ Roll Call, Clarín in Argentina and the Hearst Newspapers Washington Bureau. This is her second time joining the WETA family as she wrote for the Boundary Stones History Blog in 2018. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from George Washington University and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is originally from Bogota, Colombia but grew up in Northern Virginia.
- Gwen Ifill FellowWashington Week
Claribel Rivas joined Washington Week as the Gwen Ifill fellow in November 2020. She studied public relations at Penn State University, and later received her master's degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Claribel is an experienced content writer and storyteller with a demonstrated history of working in the nonprofit sector and entertainment industry. She hopes to continue to create and share stories that reflect those from underserved communities, and shine a light on issues that need a wider platform.