After two years of public television with WNET and PBS NewsHour Weekend, I made the gutsy decision to join the freelance world of documentary production. I say ‘gutsy’ because it seems a little silly to give up benefits and a salaried position – something that became a security blanket after nearly a decade of being a free-wheeling actor. (It never seemed to bother me before that I wasn’t earning paid vacation…possibly because I wasn’t making enough money to actually take a vacation.)
But when Joel Bach and the team of Years of Living Dangerously approached me to join their motley crew, the opportunity was irresistible. As an associate producer with the show, this new role will allow me to explore documentary production and return to long-form programming focused around the environment.
Ever since I made environmental reporting a personal beat while working with Dan Rather Reports, I’ve had a soft spot for focusing on stories that impact the natural world. Years examines climate change and how the globe will be affected by a warming atmosphere for years to come. Years will equally focus on domestic and international stories, hosted by a variety of recognizable correspondents. I’m thrilled to join a team of people with incredible experience, most who have circulated through the 60 Minutes door, and a few recognizable faces from my Dan Rather days.
Every job I have ever taken in my professional career has provided a new set of skills to add to my resume and the amount of experience I gained while working at WNET has been invaluable. I hope to continue that trend by working with The Years Project.
The second season of Years of Living Dangerously is expected to air in 2016 on the National Geographic Channel.