Laura Frank is the president for news at Rocky Mountain PBS and founder of the I-News Network, which merged with RMPBS to become the News division. Laura is a Denver native who spent 20 years at newspapers, radio and public television around the country, specializing in in-depth reporting that requires data analysis and deep public records research.
She has trained hundreds of journalists for more than a dozen media organizations, including the nation’s largest newspaper company (Gannett). Her work has been recognized in both broadcast and print, including a regional Emmy for documentary production in 1990 and as a top-10 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 at the Rocky Mountain News.
Laura started her first business at age 16 and began syndicating reports to radio and newspapers that same year. She is a Knight Fellow at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the USC Marshall School of Business, and serves on the board of directors of the national Investigative News Network.
Cynthia Hessin is host and executive producer of the Colorado State of Mind, the weekly news discussion series on Rocky Mountain PBS. She wrote and narrated the recent Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, “Losing Ground: The Cliff Effect,” about a little-known trap in Colorado public assistance law which ensnares many single parents.
Hessin is a Denver area native and previously worked as a reporter in two other local television newsrooms, KCNC and KMGH. Her honors include induction into the prestigious Silver Circle at the 2013 Heartland Emmy Gala.
This honor is awarded to broadcast professionals who have worked in the industry for 25 years or more and have made substantial contributions to both their craft and their community.
She has earned regional and national recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Association for Women in Communications, and the Colorado Broadcasters Association, as well as six regional EMMY awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for writing, producing and performance. She has been active in related professional organizations, including a term as the first female president of the Denver Press Club from 1996 to 1997.
Jim Trotter is highly regarded in Colorado journalism and beyond. He was the senior editor for investigative and enterprise journalism at the Rocky Mountain News when it closed in 2009. Since then, he has been with the Associated Press, responsible for enterprise journalism in 13 western states.
Jim has edited Pulitzer Prize-winning articles and an Emmy-winning documentary. He has been a columnist at a major metropolitan newspaper and been editorial director for the public affairs show of a major metropolitan television station. He was winner of the Dart Society’s 2010 Mimi Award, recognizing both his compassion and leadership.
He is uniquely qualified to help Rocky Mountain PBS News work with print, broadcast and digital news media across Colorado to produce important public-service journalism. Jim’s hiring is made possible through a generous grant from The Colorado Health Foundation.
Burt Hubbard is the editorial director of Rocky Mountain PBS News. 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 also was a top-10 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for the Rocky Mountain News and is enshrined in the Scripps Howard Journalism Hall of Fame. 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. For the past three years he has led research symposiums for journalists and citizens throughout Colorado on behalf of the university. Burt recently left the Denver Post to join Rocky Mountain PBS News.
Joe Mahoney is the director of multimedia with Rocky Mountain PBS News. Mahoney was a staff photographer,then Assistant Director of Multimedia for the Rocky Mountain News from 1999 until the 150-year-old paper closed in 2009. He began his career with the Associated Press and spent eight years with the wire service.
Mahoney won Pulitzer Prizes for Breaking News Photography with the staff of the News in 2001 for covering the Columbine High School shootings and again in 2003 for coverage of the wildfires in Colorado. Mahoney won a Heartland Emmy in 2010 in the Topical Documentary category for his work as a producer on “Final Edition.”
He also teaches photojournalism, multimedia and social documentary courses at Metropolitan State University in Denver and has been a frequent coach at the National Press Photographers Association’s “Multimedia Immersion” at Syracuse University and the “NewsVideo” workshops at the University of Oklahoma. He is completing his Masters degree in Political Science at the University of Colorado.