Joan Bieder (Associate Dean Sr. Lecturer)
Joan Bieder has made three trips to Israel and the most recent one, this summer, took her to Ramallah and Hebron in the Palestinian territories. The people she met and the places she saw convinced her to develop a seminar on how journalists and others portray the region, its people and its problems. Bieder worked for a decade as a television news producer at ABC News in NYC. Before coming to Berkeley, she taught print and broadcast journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Between 1993 and 2005, she spent several summers working as a television news consultant in Singapore while doing research on a minority community. Her book, The Jews of Singapore, (2007) traces the community’s journey from its ancient Baghdadi roots to the present. She has also produced a series of videos on broadcast journalism, a film on female journalists in Asia and a video on the history of the Jews of Singapore.
Bob Calo (Senior Lecturer)
Bob Calo began his career in television at KQED in San Francisco, where he produced daily news and documentaries for the local and national PBS audience. He moved to New York to join ABC News “Primetime Live,” and then to NBC News as a broadcast producer. Calo produced stories throughout the U.S. and foreign countries, including assignments in Pakistan, Chile, Croatia, Kenya, and Somalia. His work has been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, IRE, and National Headliner awards, among others. As an independent producer, he produced a documentary profile of the late landscape historian J.B. Jackson for PBS. Calo joined the faculty in 2001 and continues to write and produce for the national broadcast audience. In 2008, while on leave, he served as National Director of News21. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s in broadcast communication arts from San Francisco State University.
Linda Schacht is an Emmy award winning television reporter with more than 20 years experience in local television. Her career began at KQED-TV on the highly regarded Newsroom nightly news show. She then covered politics, locally and nationally, for KPIX, the CBS owned and operated station in San Francisco, for nineteen years. Linda has won two Emmy awards and an American Bar Association national award for her political coverage. She has been on the faculty since 1992 and continues to write television scripts and do special television and documentary projects.
Todd Carrel is a journalist who covered Asia for more than a decade, first as a reporter for the Associated Press based in Tokyo, then as the ABC News bureau chief and correspondent in China. He has worked for National Geographic on many projects, contributed numerous freelance stories to newspapers, and produced an independent documentary aired on PBS stations.