Youth Media Producer Portfolio Update for the 2022-2023 School Year

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) is excited to kick off the new, 2022-23 school year with updates to its Youth Media Producer (YMP) program.

YMPs form the back-bone of SRL’s award-winning program, offering strategic, one-on-one, industry support to educators and students across the country. Often YMPs host office hours with educators, students, and video-conference into classrooms to provide professional and technical advice to students producing and working on their video news reports.

For the 2022-23 school year, the following YMPs will oversee different regions of the country and continue to support educators and students seeking to refine youth video content. All prompts, challenges, and submissions will be processed through StoryMaker and redirected to a YMP.  We highly recommend signing up as an educator at  We also encourage you to join us via Zoom on September 1st at 7pm ET to meet your YMP and learn more about the workflow in our “2022-23 Welcome Back-to-School Kickoff.”

Learn more about your YMP here.

Christopher Schwalm – West 

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Arizona


Becky Wandel – Rocky Mountain West

  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota

Briget Ganske – Midwest

  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Wisconsin
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Michigan
  • Ohio

Mohammad Pasha – Southeast

  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Colombia (DC)
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Lousiana
  • Florida

Marie Cusick – Northeast

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut