Ed Miskevich joined PBS SoCal in 1979, and is responsible for all program content, scheduling, local and national productions, and broadcast technical operations. In his long career with the station, he has served produced many of the station’s news and public affairs programs, record-breaking pledge drives, documentaries and specials. Currently, he is part of the production management team for PBS SoCal’s two series, LAaRT and Studio SoCal. A graduate of Brown University, Ed’s PBS television career began in 1977 as an intern with The MacNeil/Lehrer Report at WNET New York. He has received many awards, including two Los Angeles Emmy Awards and two Golden Mike Awards from the Radio & Television News Association.
Executive Producer, Program Development and National Productions
Brenda Brkusic is an Emmy Award-winning television producer and a seasoned television executive with over 10 years of experience in program development and production. Brkusic is responsible for directing PBS SoCal’s development, production, and distribution of quality programs and series for national broadcast on public television. Previously, she was a producer for PBS SoCal’s Emmy Award-winning nightly news program and she also spearheaded a new TV channel for the station, and was the driving force behind the acquisition and development of thousands of programs and series. She has won 6 Emmy Awards, 2 CINE Golden Eagle Awards, 3 Telly Awards and Golden Mike Awards, and her work has been honored by US Congress and the European Parliament. Brkusic serves on the Television Academy’s L.A. Area Executive Committee and she is also a member of the Producers Guild of America. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Production from Chapman University.
Executive Producer, Arts and Cultural Programming
Maria Hall-Brown joined PBS SoCal in July of 1997. She is the Executive Producer for Arts and Cultural Programming, and the producer/host of the weekly program LAaRT. In addition, she recently produced the first documentary film about cultural visionary/philanthropist, Henry T. Segerstrom: Imagining the Future. Other documentaries include: Be Brave: Samantha’s Story, Matters of Faith, Bulgarian Rhapsody, and Notes from Europe, as well as many holiday specials. For 16 years Maria worked as producer/reporter for the nightly news program Real Orange and the producer/host of author interview series Bookmark. She has garnered two Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards and six Golden Mike Awards by the Radio & Television News Association for her work.
Maura Daly Phinney
Vice President, Membership and On-Air Fundraising
Executive Producer, Fundraising Programs
With more than 25 years of experience in public television and radio, Phinney oversees all membership fundraising efforts – on-air, online and direct mail. She also oversees development of national and local fundraising programs produced for PBS SoCal. She has produced over 200 programs for public television including many music specials like, Tommy Emmanuel and Friends: Live from the Balboa and A Salute to Vienna. Phinney has won numerous awards including an Emmy and several Telly awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Before joining PBS SoCal, Phinney held a variety of fundraising and production positions at WETA in Washington D.C., KQED in San Francisco and KPBS in San Diego.
Program Development Coordinator
Emmy Award-winner Michelle Merker has spent 20-plus years working in the Los Angeles market in both television and radio as a news director, writer, producer and talent. She has also worked with both network and syndicated programs, and has acted as freelance talent on TV, radio and corporate projects. Michelle has also helped advance the careers of many in the business, working in southern California as a TV, radio and film instructor.