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
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. As the Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions for PBS SoCaL, Brenda is responsible for the development, production, distribution and marketing of high quality programs and series for national broadcast on public television. Prior to her current role, Brenda spearheaded and managed a new digital TV channel for the station and she was the driving force behind the acquisition of thousands of programs and series. Under Brenda's direction the channel was called "The Next generation of PBS" by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and received CPB's Education Innovation Award. Early in her career she was a producer for PBS SoCaL's Emmy Award-winning nightly news program. As a filmmaker she has been recognized on the Congressional Record of the US House of Representatives for her work promoting human rights through film and she has been invited to the European Union in Brussels to present her work to members of the European Parliament at the International Leaders Summit. Among her dozens of awards and honors, in 2008 and 2011, OC Metro Business Magazine named Brenda Brkusic one of the 40 Most Successful Young Entrepreneurs and Executives and one of the 20 Most Dynamic Women To Watch. She has won two Emmy Awards, two CINE Golden Eagle Awards, three Telly Awards and a National Entertainment Journalism Award. Brenda is an active member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where she serves on the L.A. Area Peer Group Executive Committee. She studied at Marymount California University where she now 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.”
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