Laura Frank
Executive Producer

Laura is a Denver native whose work has been recognized in both broadcast and print, including a Top 10 Pulitzer finalist and an Emmy award for public television documentary. She was the driving force behind “Losing Ground”, the ground-breaking initiative that led to “Race in Colorado”.  Her research-based reporting has helped change laws and lives. She is the President of News at Rocky Mountain PBS.

Julie Speer
Executive Producer & Director

An Emmy Award winning writer-producer-director, Julie is a 4th generation Coloradan who has spent 15 years creating socially conscious documentaries. She has created hundreds of documentaries for nonprofits across Colorado and the globe. She places a strong emphasis on the human experience in her work and is passionate about the role of history. She is the Senior Executive Producer at Rocky Mountain PBS.

Alan Gottlieb
Producer & Reporter

Alan is a Colorado-based writer, editor, journalist, communications consultant, and nonprofit entrepreneur, with 20 years of experience in education policy and education journalism. Alan co-founded Chalkbeat, a growing and increasingly prominent national news nonprofit focused on PreK-12 education policy, policy implementation and practice. He also covered education and urban affairs for The Denver Post for nine years, and spent 10 years as a program officer at the Denver-based Piton Foundation.

Mateos Alvarez
Producer & Director of Community Outreach

Mateos has a proven track record in grassroots organizing. His extensive experience in community building around social, cultural, and political issues has benefited nonprofit organizations across Colorado and the U.S. for the past 15 years. Mateos is bi-lingual and believes in building strong relationships with members of different ethnic, class, and gender backgrounds.

Burt Hubbard
Producer & Chief Researcher

Burt is well-known in the journalism world for his data analysis skills. His numerous awards include two prestigious Best of The West awards, a national education award for investigative reporting, and Reporter of the Year in Colorado. He was a reporter for both the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post before joining RMPBS. Burt has taught computer-assisted reporting and internet research to graduate students for 11 years at the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a researcher/reporter for I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS.

Aaliah Hartley
Associate Producer

Aaliah started working in production in 2014 on the PBS documentary food series “Chef Driven” as a production assistant and second camera operator. She started at Rocky Mountain PBS in 2015 as a Production Intern, working her way up to Production Coordinating and eventually Associate Producing for “Standing in the Gap”. She was born in South Africa, grew up in Miami, and moved to Colorado where she spent most of her life labeled an “undocumented” immigrant. She lives in Denver and aspires to produce and direct social justice documentaries.

Justin Lewis
Chief Editor

Justin is a Denver based filmmaker based in Denver, Colorado. During film school he made numerous short films, some of which have screened at various film festivals across the nation. Justin got his first industry job with Comcast Spotlight where he produced local and regional commercials for Comcast cable and Comcast online.  In 2013, he joined the ownership team at 121Studios where he focuses on directing and producing independent films, music videos and online content.

Peter Wigand
Director of Photography

Peter is an award winning cinematographer known for his work on films such as "Dust of War" and "Tater Tot and Patton". He was born and raised in Austria and moved to the US to study cinematography at the age of 22. He works as an independent cinematographer on commercials, TV and film productions and also serves as an adjunct instructor for camera and lighting at the Colorado Film School in Denver.

Adam Espinoza

Combined with his passion for visual art and storytelling, Adam helped co-found a Design and Animation studio in Denver, Colorado called Friends of Mine Creative Collective. Adam’s unique aesthetic language pushes the limits of storytelling, earning him awards with the Webbys, ADCD, The Denver 50, and ProMax BDA. Past works include Audi, Coke Zero, Nike, Marmot, and NBC Universal. He graduated from Manual High School in 1996, the first year after federally mandated busing stopped.