Who We Are
Maria Bartholdi, Producer
Maria is known for many things in life, most notably for her pink hair. When people aren’t noticing that, they may notice she wears many hats. Literally and figuratively! Maria produces, shoots video, and edits for the Rewire team. She’s insanely proud of her latest digital venture, Artist Day Jobs, which is a series about exactly what it sounds like. Maria has produced for MN Original and worked in TPT’s National Productions department on the documentary series Constitution USA with Peter Sagal. She’s also the producer behind television-art-experiement TV Takeover and renegade music series Skyway Sessions. Before arriving at TPT, Maria produced for another PBS affiliate in Austin, Minnesota (KSMQ), worked for XM Satellite Radio, as well as Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! on NPR. When Maria isn’t producing crazy new videos, you can find her hosting her Magic: the Gathering podcast, performing improv comedy in the Twin Cities, or speaking Welsh. Probably to herself.
Maribel Lopez, Project Specialist
Maribel comes from the land down under. Not Australia, Iowa. Duh. She ventured north in 2010 upon accepting her first “real” job after college in TPT’s National Productions Department. Since then, she’s done all kinds of things at TPT, including working on some pretty interesting shows like Slavery by Another Name and Constitution USA with Peter Sagal. As Rewire’s Project Specialist, she does things like write, talk, and chew gum. A lifelong lover of public television, Maribel fits right in with her geeky colleagues. When she’s not “working” she likes to dance around in shoes with nails on the bottom of them and enjoys stopping to pet all the dogs she meets while walking her own dog, Carlos.
TPT Staff Contributors
Katie Schutrop, Arts & Music Engagement Specialist
Hailing from Minneapolis and spending her previous years in TV news, Katie is now enjoying public media life and trying not to get lost in the St. Paul skyways. She writes, tweets and contributes to all things digital for Rewire, The Lowertown Line and MN Original. Not a bad gig for someone who has a thing for local music and frequenting places like Public Functionary, the Walker Art Center and First Avenue. Find her documenting it all (plus other things like donuts and Beyoncé) over on Twitter and Instagram.
Elle Lyons, Communications Manager
Elle is the hard-charging, deal-making, hoppy-beer swilling PR gal for TPT. She’s been in the PR/communications/media world for six years now, and has worked with a stunning array of lifestyle, entertainment and media brands – but telling the stories of Twin Cities PBS is easily her most rewarding career experience to-date: because public TV is the best kept secret of cool/great, and being the one to let everyone in on that is a blast. In her spare time, Elle can be found stubbornly walking to all places rather than driving, enjoying bodies of water, eating unhealthy health food (I’m looking at you sweet potato fries and Thunder cookies), and frequenting the live music venues, outdoor patios, co-ops and woods that populate this great state.
Leif Brostrom, Social Media Specialist
Leif Brostrom, aka @leiftheviking, is always tweeting, rarely sleeping. Leif is Duluth-born, Milwaukee-raised and Twin Cities-perfected. So to speak. After several years teaching rappers how to tweet and trying to convince his friends to listen to Canadian indie-pop, he landed at TPT and hasn’t looked back since. You can find him managing social media within the building, and uses his unfortunately-quick-wit to interact with public media lovers around the world. He’s probably watching you tweet right now.
Ben Malley, Graphic Designer
Ben is a manipulator of graphics for the purpose of good design. He is not ashamed to say that he just wants things to look pretty whenever possible. He sees the future of content being a massive pool of professional and indie offerings that we can all access anywhere and at a very low cost (gunna take awhile). On the weekends he enjoys equal portions of tacos and Internet.
Ariel Tilson, Production Assistant, Almanac
Ariel is the fourth-largest of the 27 known moons of Uranus, which orbits and rotates in the equatorial plan. Wait no – that’s the Wikipedia bio. At TPT, Ariel is in fact newly appearing after time in the Big Apple where she worked on her graduate degree and on various documentary and public media enterprises. Now she spends her days rotating through weekly Almanac shows, orbiting TPT MN’s equatorial planes and obstinately defying gravity (may appear to some as clumsiness, but they’re highly misinformed!).
Bobby Edwards, Associate Producer, MN Productions and Partnerships (TPT MN)
Bobby (pronounced like lobby but with a “B” sound at the beginning) has been toiling away within the depths of TPT for two and a half years, churning out documentaries that have been described (by Bobby) as high-octane, edge of your seat, stage five thrillicanes. As part of the MN Productions and Partnerships team, he’s aided in the creation of several documentaries and web videos, ranging in topics from the future of education to end of life healthcare and he’s described himself as an awakener of spirits more often than his co-workers care to listen to. In his spare time, Bobby likes test his buoyancy in local lakes, recreate life-like UPS stores in Minecraft, and tickle strangers. Avoid at all cost.
Dan Bergin, Producer, MN Productions and Partnerships (TPT MN)
For over 20 years, Daniel Pierce Bergin has been creating media that engages, informs, and inspires. In work like North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers, Homeless Youth: Finding Home, and Lowertown: The Rise of an Urban Village, his storytelling often fuses diverse perspectives, history, and the power of place.
David Carlson, Young Adult Money
David Carlson is the owner of the personal finance blog Young Adult Money, which focuses on topics relevant to millennials. He has a new book out called “Hustle Away Debt” that shares strategies for making money and increasing income outside of a 9-5 job. You can follow him on Twitter @DavidCarlson1 and on Instagram at David_Carlson.
Molly Mogren, Writer & Founding Fraidy Cat of Hey Eleanor!
From hiking the Antarctic Peninsula, to outrunning a hyena in South Africa and even driving a street-legal monster truck through Des Moines, Iowa—Molly never turns down an opportunity to do something crazy. She loves writing about food and travel, and co-hosts the Go Fork Yourself podcast with Andrew Zimmern. Her latest project, Hey Eleanor!, chronicles her journey tackling one thing that scares her every day. She lives in Minneapolis with her hubby Josh, dog (Patsy) and kitty (Bogart). Follow her on Instagram & Twitter at @mollymogren.
Sally McGraw, Creator of Already Pretty
Sally McGraw is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer, blogger, and ghostwriter. In addition to writing her popular daily style and body image blog, Already Pretty, she writes a style column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, contributes body image articles to the Huffington Post, and manages the Shopping Tips channel for About.com. She can be seen every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. on Fox 9 in the Twin Cities, co-hosting the “Trendy or Timeless” segment. Sally has spoken at the BlogHer conference, Independent Fashion Bloggers, and Giant Steps, and has taught classes and workshops through community education, the University of Minnesota, and St. Catherine University. She firmly believes that style is a tool for self-love that should be accessible to everyone. Including you.
Sarah Kieffer, Writer & Founder of The Vanilla Bean Blog
Sarah Kieffer spends much of her time taking photographs and in the kitchen with her two little ones. She loves to use any available free time rereading good books and sipping cold press. She shares her recipes and musings at The Vanilla Bean Blog, a space dedicated to creating family food history.
Spencer Albers, Owner of Modern Mrkt
Spencer is a digital native. He fluently speaks Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. He created his first website in 2000 to help him win his middle school student council election. He also proudly went to space camp, business camp, leadership camp, science camp, theatre camp, choir camp, horseback riding camp and many more camps as a child. Today, he takes all of that pent up knowledge of campfire songs and friendship bracelets to help small businesses build lasting relationships with their customers. Spencer is the owner of Modern Mrkt, a marketing agency that helps small businesses grow through smart, strategic and impactful marketing strategies. He grew up in southwest Wisconsin and went to Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.