Ed Miskevich joined KOCE-TV (now PBS SoCaL) in 1979, and is responsible for all program content and scheduling, local and national production, and broadcast technical operations. In his long career with the station, he has served as producer or executive producer of the station’s news and public affairs programs, record-breaking pledge drives, and many other live or taped specials and documentaries. His early career was in local public affairs and candidate debate production. From 1997 to 2013, he served as production executive for PBS SoCaL’s local series, “Real Orange.” Currently, he is part of the production management team for PBS SoCaL’s two series, “LAaRT” and “SoCaL Insider.” A graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, 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 of Program Development and National Productions
Emmy Award®-winner Brenda Brkusic began her career began in public television over a decade ago. Her journey began with “Freedom from Despair”, a film she produced, wrote, directed and edited for KOCE-TV. After receiving over a dozen awards, including a CINE Golden Eagle and a Telly, Brenda was honored on the Congressional Record of the US House of Representatives for her work promoting human rights through the film. She was then sent to the European Union in Brussels to present the film to members of the European Parliament at the International Leader’s Summit. Brenda joined PBS SoCaL (KOCE-TV) in 2006 as a producer for the station’s Emmy Award®-winning nightly news program. A year later she was asked to spearhead and manage the station’s new digital TV channel. Under Brenda’s direction the channel received an “Education Innovation Award” from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In her current role as Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions, Brenda is responsible for the development, production and distribution of high quality programs and series for local and national broadcast on public television. Brenda’s dedication to independent film has resulted in the creation of thousands of new programs and series for PBS SoCaL including the Emmy Award®-winning film “Bloody Thursday” and the Emmy® award-winning “Hollywood Reporter in Focus” program about Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”. In her free time, Brenda is an active member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where serves on the L.A. Area Peer Group Executive Committee. Brenda studied at Marymount California University where she now proudly serves on the University’s Long-Range Planning Advisory Council. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Production from Chapman University.
Program Development Coordinator
Four-time Emmy® nominee 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 part-time in southern California as a TV, radio and film instructor. She also produced the award-winning horror feature film, “Shellter.”
Phil and Mary Lyons
Dr. James Rosser