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 backbone of SRL’s award-winning program, offering educators and students nationwide strategic, one-on-one, industry support. 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  

Learn more about your YMP here & book some time to chat with them.

Christopher Schwalm – West 

Email him at or schedule a time to chat here.

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


Becky Wandel – Rocky Mountain West

Email her at or schedule a time to chat here.

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

Briget Ganske – Midwest

Email her at or schedule a time to chat here.

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

Victor Fernandez (temporary) – Southeast

Email him at

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

Marie Cusick – Northeast

Email her at

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