Kyra Darnton

Executive Producer

Kyra Darnton is the executive producer of Retro Report. She came to Retro Report from 60 Minutes, where she produced stories covering everything from the Mexican drug war to counterfeit prescription drugs to the cover up in the death of US Ranger Pat Tillman. Her investigative reporting and storytelling has won multiple awards, including, most recently, a 2012 Peabody Award for a piece exposing fraud in cancer clinical trials. Kyra has worked in broadcast journalism for 20 years.

@Kyra Darnton

Tom Brown

VP, Business Operations

Tom Brown is a 20-year veteran in the Television & Film Industry. His live-action career began in TV commercial production in Miami, New York and the Caribbean as a 1st Assistant Director & Producer. In 2001 he transitioned into Producing Animation for the Emmy award winning New York studio Little Airplane Productions. Serving there as VP of Production and Operations he was responsible for the multi-million dollar project budgets as well as the company finances and production flow of multiple programs for clients such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Sprout, BBC “cbeebies” & CBC-Canada. He has conducted International production workshops in Qatar, Korea, Turkey, Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada. He has also successfully opened and managed production offices in London and Toronto. His Specialties include: All aspects of Production live-action & animation/Studio Operations/Studio Finances/International Studio Expansion and International Co-Productions.

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Meral Agish

Reporter

Meral Agish is a reporter at Retro Report. Previously, she worked as an independent researcher and has contributed to investigative projects produced by BuzzFeed, InsideClimate News, ProPublica and the Wall Street Journal, among other outlets. She is a graduate of Yale University and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

@meralagish

B. Drummond Ayres, Jr

B. Drummond Ayres, Jr. is a contributing reporter at Retro Report and a retired New York Times national correspondent. Drummond spent 36 years on the Times’ staff, filing some 3,500 dispatches in all, at least one from every state. After leaving the Times in 2002, Drummond spent eight years as a visiting scholar at V. M.I., teaching writing, journalism and politics. Drummond holds a BA in English from the Virginia Military Institute and an MS in journalism from Columbia University.

Jeff Bernier

Jeff Bernier is a contributing video editor at Retro Report. He has edited everything from documentaries and short films to commercials and music videos. Jeff graduated from NYU with a B.F.A. in Film and TV production.

Joel Bernstein

Joel Bernstein is a contributing producer at Retro Report. Joel was an award-winning producer at CBS News, where he worked at 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News and CBS Reports. Joel was a writer-producer for Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, as well as Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv and Paris. He is currently writing a novel.

Bonnie Bertram

Bonnie Bertram is a producer at Retro Report. She has written for the International Herald Tribune and Spy Magazine, was the Editor in Chief of a web site guide and has produced newscasts, talk shows and magazine pieces for broadcast. Most recently she was a Senior Producer for special projects at CNN and TIME.com.

@BonnieBertram

Raymond Bonner

Raymond Bonner is a contributing producer for Retro Report. He is a former foreign correspondent and investigate reporter at The New York Times. He has received numerous awards for his books and journalism: including the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for Retro Report’s “A Search for Justice,” the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism from the Nieman Fellows at Harvard; from the New York Association of Black Journalists for his reporting from Rwanda; and a Latin American Studies Association Award, for reporting from Central America.

@RayBonner1

Laurence B. Chollet

Laurence B. Chollet is the Senior Story Producer and co-founder of Retro Report. He has worked as a journalist for 20 years, writing for a variety of publications, including The Record (NJ), the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Guardian (UK), American Cinematographer, and Projections, the annual film book published by Faber & Faber.

John Dinges

John Dinges is a contributing producer at Retro Report and an award-winning journalist and author. He has reported widely in Latin America for The Washington Post, Time, The Miami Herald, NPR, Caretas (Lima) and The Clinic (Chile). Previously, he served as managing editor and international editor of National Public Radio News, where he was named in two DuPont-Columbia broadcasting awards (gold and silver batons). He was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot gold medal for excellence in reporting on Latin America and is currently the Cabot Professor of International Journalism Emeritus of Columbia University. His books include: The Condor Years: How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents, Assassination on Embassy Row (with Saul Landau) and Our Man in Panama.

Barbara Dury

Barbara Dury is a producer at Retro Report. She was an award-winning producer at CBS News, producing stories for 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II. In 2007 she began working as a senior media consultant around the world, including Jordan, Syria, Bangladesh, Thailand and Pakistan. Most recently she was the senior producer at CCTV-America where she developed, launched and produced their premiere news magazine broadcast, Americas Now. Barbara has worked as a broadcast journalist for more than 30 years.

Joshua Fisher

Joshua Fisher is a producer at Retro Report. Joshua has produced short documentaries for Frontline/World and Newsweek, shot video for PBS and Discovery Channel, and worked as an editor on two feature-length docs. He has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Erik German

Erik German is a producer at Retro Report. Previously, he worked as a roving national correspondent and producer for The Daily, News Corp’s iPad news publication. Before that, he was an award-winning foreign correspondent for GlobalPost based in North Africa and Brazil. He began his career at Newsday, covering politics, local corruption and crime.

@ErikJGerman

Jonathan Gruber

Jonathan Gruber is a contributing producer at Retro Report and has been directing, producing, and writing award-winning documentaries and TV shows for more than 20 years. His work has screened theatrically and at festivals around the world, and has aired on PBS, The History Channel, National Geographic and Discovery Networks. His latest project is A Deal with the Devil, which tells the untold story of I.G. Farben, the infamous German corporation.

Ben Howard

Ben Howard is the post production supervisor and a video editor at Retro Report. He has edited content for The Discovery Channel, Discovery Health, The United Nations and PBS. Ben has also worked with the award-winning production company Rain Media, editing documentaries for the PBS current affairs series Frontline. Recently, he edited several episodes of the celebrity genealogy series Finding Your Roots. Ben graduated from Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Media Production.

Stephen Ives

Stephen Ives is a Senior Producer at Retro Report and a leading independent documentary filmmaker. In 1987, Ives began a decade-long collaboration with filmmaker Ken Burns, as a co-producer of a history of the United States Congress, and as a consulting producer on the groundbreaking series, The Civil War and Baseball. Ives’ landmark series The West was seen by more than 38 million people nationwide during its national PBS premiere in the fall of 1996. Stephen has directed multiple films for American Experience, including Seabiscuit, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Kit Carson, Roads to Memphis, Panama Canal, and Custer’s Last Stand, and many others projects for PBS.

Olivia Katrandjian

Olivia Katrandjian is a reporter at Retro Report. Previously, Olivia worked as a print journalist and travel writer, having visited 30 countries and written about many of them. Olivia has written for The Los Angeles Times, PBS Frontline’s Tehran Bureau, The BBC, ABCNews.com, The Huffington Post, The Bergen Record and The Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. Olivia is currently working on her first book.

Peter Klein

Peter Klein is a contributing producer at Retro Report. He’s a veteran global reporter and documentary filmmaker, having worked at 60 Minutes for more than a decade, as well as at ABC News and at New York Times TV. He is the founder of the non-profit Global Reporting Centre, and is a professor of journalist at the University of British Columbia. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

@peterwklein

Rebecca Losick

Rebecca Losick is an archival producer at Retro Report. She began her career in documentary film production more than 18 years ago working for filmmaker Albert Maysles and Maysles Films Inc. She has since worked on documentaries for HBO, IFC, Sundance and NOW with Bill Moyers. Rebecca’s most recent credits include the PBS project, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, about the history of the women’s movement.

Scott Michels

Scott Michels is a reporter at Retro Report. He previously covered national legal news for ABC News. His work has also appeared in U.S.News & World Report, the New York Daily News and other publications. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he has also been an adjunct assistant professor.

@scottmichels1

Catherine Olian

Catherine Olian is a contributing producer at Retro Report. She has produced, written and reported news and documentaries for network, cable and digital media for over two decades. Catherine’s work includes 80 stories for the CBS News program “60 Minutes” as well as producing for the CBS Evening News, NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams”, Bloomberg TV, Showtime and others. Her work has been honored by 5 Emmy Awards, a Columbia Dupont, a Peabody Award, and two Robert F. Kennedy Awards for excellence in reporting on social justice and human rights.

@OlianCat

Amanda Pollak

Amanda Pollak is a Senior Producer at Retro Report and has been producing, researching and writing documentaries for Public Television since 1992. She received an individual Emmy for her leading role in researching TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt. Amanda has produced numerous films for PBS, among them the Emmy Award-winning Truman; Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided; Money and Power: The History of Business; and one hour of the five-hour scientific series, The Secret Life of the Brain, which earned her an Emmy Award for producing. In 2001, Pollak joined Insignia Films to produce multiple films, including Reporting America at War, which earned a Cine Golden Eagle Award and was a 2004 Emmy nominee for Best Documentary, and eight films for American Experience. Amanda most recently produced Constitution USA with Peter Sagal, a four-part series for PBS.

Kit Roane

Kit R. Roane is a producer at Retro Report. He has worked as a journalist and documentary photographer for more than 20 years, covering local, national and foreign assignments for a variety of publications, including The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report. Kit has reported on events, from the wars in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq to the Los Angeles riots, the Oklahoma City bombing, the OJ Simpson case and the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. He has also written several screenplays, including one for Warner Bros. Pictures.

@KitRoane

Jill Rosenbaum

Jill Rosenbaum is a contributing producer at Retro Report. Her news and documentary work has appeared on PBS, The Smithsonian Channel, CBS News Sunday Morning, the CBS Evening News and ABC News Nightline. She has been honored with numerous awards, including, most recently, for her 2012 PBS Frontline film “Dollars and Dentists,” which won an Annie E Casey Medal, a National Press Club Award, The James Aronson Prize for Social Justice Journalism and an Emmy Award nomination.

@Jrosenbaumdc

Bret Sigler

Bret Sigler is a contributing producer and video editor at Retro Report. He directed, edited and shot award-winning documentaries for outlets such as PBS, ABC, MSNBC, TIME and Nat Geo. His work has been recognized by the CINE Masters’ Series, the Chris Awards, the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Brooklyn Arts Council and has screened at MOMA, HotDocs, Tribeca, and at numerous other film festivals around the world.

@FalloutPictures

Matt Spolar

Matt Spolar is a reporter at Retro Report. He has covered a range of issues, from sports to genetics to politics, including web series looking back at the historic import of past political conventions and campaign ads. He previously covered state politics in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. 

Karen Sughrue

Karen Sughrue is a contributing producer at Retro Report. Karen has worked as a producer at 60 Minutes, where her stories included the growing knowledge gap with American boys falling behind girls in school, an exposé of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the impact of the one-child policy on Chinese society today. Karen also served as Executive Producer of CBS News Face the Nation and Berlin Bureau Chief covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union

@KarenSughrue

Karen Vitale

Karen Vitale is Retro Report’s production manager. She has 20 years of experience as a cameraperson, producer and production manager in the television industry. Karen has developed and delivered content for national networks, including FOX News, CBS News and ABC News, and has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1996.

Miriam Weintraub

Miriam Weintraub is a contributing producer at Retro Report. She has over two decades of experience producing for network news, cable television and online news organizations. She spent more than a dozen years as a producer for CBS’s 60 Minutes, producing everything from feature stories to celebrity profiles to investigative pieces. Most recently, she developed and produced the documentary “Life According to Sam” for HBO, which won a Peabody Award, a Prime Time Emmy and was nominated for a Producers Guild of America award for best documentary motion picture.

@weintraubmw1

Sarah Weiser

Sarah Weiser is a reporter at Retro Report. She has experience working as a photojournalist and reporter, and has interned as a photographer at newspapers in Washington, Illinois, and Utah.

@sarahwweiser