Our Award-Winning Production Staff

Joan Cartan-HansenJOAN CARTAN-HANSEN has been a producer/reporter/writer for Idaho Public Television since 1988. Joan is the producer/host for "Science Trek" and “Idaho Science Journal” and a producer/reporter/writer for "Outdoor Idaho." In addition, she writes and produces a number of documentaries and occasionally contributes pieces to "The PBS News Hour." Joan has won a number of awards including several regional Emmys, gold medals at the New York Festivals,  winner of the prestigious Kavli Science Journalism Silver Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Tellys, CINE Golden Eagles and Platinum prizes at Worldfest. Joan has a science news blog for kids, Joan's Blog. She is active in several professional organizations including The Idaho Press Club and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-Northwest Chapter. Joan also sits on the Idaho Supreme Courts Media/Courts Committee and is member of the Idaho Supreme Court's "Fire Brigade." A native Idahoan, Joan is married with two children.
John CrancerJOHN CRANCER is the lead producer for “Outdoor Idaho”. He has also produced a number of specials including “Idaho: A Portrait” which was shown twice nationally by PBS. Other notable programs Crancer has produced for Idaho Public Television are “Idaho: An Aerial Tapestry” and “Sacred Journey of the Nez Perce”. Among the awards Crancer has received during his career are a regional Emmy, several Tellys, a gold medal from the New York Film Festival, a Silver Cindy, “Program of the Year” from the Montana Broadcasters Association, and “Best of the Best” from a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Before coming to Idaho in 1994, Crancer worked at PBS and commercial stations in Nebraska, Utah, and California, and has more than twenty-five years of experience in broadcasting.
Stephanie DickeySTEPHANIE DICKEY has been with Idaho Public Television since 1997. Since 1999 she has been part of the web team, designing and maintaining the IdahoPTV website. She has won national awards, including a regional Emmy, for her work on our web sites. When she can sneak away, Stephanie helps out on video shoots, most recently backpacking in to the Elephant's Perch for Outdoor Idaho's "Climbing Idaho."

Stephanie is a passionate downhill skier and backpacker and volunteers for the Wilderness Volunteers each summer.

Marcia FranklinMARCIA FRANKLIN has been a producer and host at Idaho Public Television since 1990. Before working at IdahoPTV, she was a general assignment reporter for KIFI-TV and a production assistant for KQED-TV. Marcia is the producer and host for "Dialogue," as well as a producer for "Outdoor Idaho." She's produced special documentaries, as well as pieces for national public television programs.

In her spare time, Marcia likes to read, bike, hike and travel. In 2003, she produced a documentary in Iran. She is a founding board member and past president of the City Club of Boise, a frequent moderator of civic events and was a longtime "Big Sister." Her programs have won numerous awards, including a George Foster Peabody Award, an ABA Silver Gavel Award and several regional Emmy awards.

Al HagenlockAL HAGENLOCK is a Producer/Director with Idaho Public Television where he works on several award winning productions and specials including "Dialogue", "Science Trek" and our March Festival fundraiser. Al has been employed with Idaho Public Television for several years and may get in a round of golf from time to time.
Jay KrajikJAY KRAJIC is a director, editor and videographer for Outdoor Idaho; he also works on specials as they come up. Jay began working with us on a part-time basis in the 1990's, whenever his work at a commercial news station allowed.

Jay is an avid downhill skier and backpacker and has tromped through most of the wild places in Idaho. He is also a still photographer whose work has been featured in books, magazines, cards and calendars.

Aaron KunzAARON KUNZ is a reporter, producer and writer at Idaho Public Television and is part of a public media collaboration of seven Northwest stations, including IdahoPTV and Boise State Public Radio, called "EarthFix," focused on energy and the environment. Aaron is a regular contributor to Outdoor Idaho, Dialogue and Idaho Reports, and was the lead producer/writer on Outdoor Idaho's 2012 program, "Idaho's Salmon." He enjoys hiking and photography on his time off.
Pat MetzlerPAT METZLER has been employed with Idaho Public Television since 1989. He is the senior director of our "Outdoor Idaho" series and one of the show’s principal shooters and editors. His efforts have won the station numerous Emmy awards, as well as countless other awards for IdahoPTV specials. Pat was the director/editor and one of the videographers for "Assassination: Idaho’s Trial of the Century," which premiered in November of 2007.
Bruce Reichert BRUCE REICHERT is perhaps best known as the host and one of the writers of "Outdoor Idaho," a program featuring the issues, people and places of Idaho and the West. He has also written and produced several specials, including "Echoes of a Bitter Crossing: Lewis & Clark in Idaho," "The Vertical Environment," "Capitol of Light," and "Assassination: Idaho's Trial of the Century." Reichert has been a schoolteacher, a bartender, the editor of Idaho's oldest newspaper, The Idaho World, and a construction worker. Reichert lives in the mountains near Idaho City, in a log cabin that he built. He is also the executive producer of local productions for Idaho Public Television.
Sauni SymondsSAUNI SYMONDS was one of the early director/videographers on “Outdoor Idaho,” leaving in the mid 1990’s for a 12 year stint in the corporate world and as a contractor with “Independent Lens” in San Francisco. But she has returned to us as a producer/director/editor, a veritable one-woman band on such “Outdoor Idaho” shows as “Climbing Idaho” and “Winter Grit.” She also works on a variety of other productions as time permits, including documentaries and other state agency projects.

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