As Nashville native, Jessica Turk is proud to call the city home. Jessica received her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration in directing and producing. After working in the city producing concerts at venues such as Radio City Music Hall & Carnegie Hall, Jessica returned to Nashville to get her MBA from Belmont University with a concentration in Entertainment & Music Business. Following graduate school, Jessica worked for the Country Music Association (CMA) handing logistics for the annual CMA Fest & Awards show as the company’s production coordinator. However, it wasn’t until Jessica joined the team at NPT, that she found her true purpose, working in public media. Jessica currently serves as NPT’s program manager, creating the broadcast schedule, acquiring new programs, and producing interstitial material for the station. Jessica was recently invited to join the POV Editorial Committee and is excited to advise and help shape the next season of POV documentaries. She is also diligently working on a documentary about the Tennessee story of Women’s Suffrage in honor of the approaching centennial.
Robin Robinson is the Programming Coordinator for the Academy Award-qualifying Nashville Film Festival where she manages their Screenwriting Competition and serves as a Senior Programmer. While solely responsible for their Episodic programming, she also has experience programming narrative, documentary and new director films. She is an M.F.A. candidate at the Watkins Film School with a focus in screenwriting.
Native New Yorker Joe DelMerico spent many years as a professional guitarist before moving to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Film Scoring. He eventually moved to Nashville, joining Nashville Public Television’s staff in 2006. In 2013, Joe won a Midsouth Regional Emmy in the category of Historic/ Cultural Program for his music score for NPT’s original documentary, Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and the War. He has since scored other NPT documentaries and has done audio post production, including Buffalo Bill’s American West, Music Row: Nashville’s Most Famous Neighborhood, and six films in the Tennessee Civil War 150 series. Joe is web designer on NPT’s digital team, as well as serving as audio engineer, editor and music composer.
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Linda Wei began working in public television at Louisiana Public Broadcasting in 1996 and has been with Nashville Public Television since 2003. She currently serves as NPT’s director of digital strategies, is the executive producer of the ongoing series NPT Arts Break, and is producer of the Emmy Award-winning interstitial literary series, A Word on Words. Additional credits include creator and producer of ArtQuest, which was awarded Midsouth Regional Emmys in 2015 and 2014 for Best Children’s Program. Linda is chair for the PBS Digital Media Advisory Council. In 2016, she was selected as a Next Generation Leadership Senior Editorial Fellow where she embedded with PBS’ signature investigative series, FRONTLINE.
Nashville Public Television, Nashville’s PBS station, is available free and over-the-air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area. NPT’s three broadcast channels are NPT, the main channel; secondary channel NPT2; and NPT3, a 24/7 PBS Kids channel. NPT is also available to anyone in the world through its array of NPT digital services, including wnpt.org, YouTube channels and the PBS video app. NPT provides, through the power of traditional television and interactive digital communications, quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve.
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