The truth now about the big stories then



Kyra Darnton is managing editor of Retro Report and executive producer of its documentaries. She came to Retro Report from 60 Minutes, where she produced stories covering everything from the Mexican drug war to counterfeit prescription drugs to the cover up in the death of US Ranger Pat Tillman. Her investigative reporting and storytelling has won multiple awards, including, most recently, a 2012 Peabody Award for a piece exposing fraud in cancer clinical trials. Kyra has worked in broadcast journalism for 20 years.

B. Drummond Ayres, Jr. is a contributing reporter at Retro Report and a retired New York Times national correspondent. Drummond spent 36 years on the Times’ staff, filing some 3,500 dispatches in all, at least one from every state. After leaving the Times in 2002, Drummond spent eight years as a visiting scholar at V. M.I., teaching writing, journalism and politics. Drummond holds a BA in English from the Virginia Military Institute and an MS in journalism from Columbia University.

Jeff Bernier is a contributing video editor at Retro Report. He has edited everything from documentaries and short films to commercials and music videos.  Jeff graduated from NYU with a B.F.A. in Film and TV production.

Joel Bernstein is a contributing producer at Retro Report. Joel was an award-winning producer at CBS News, where he worked at 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News and CBS Reports. Joel was a writer-producer for Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, as well as Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv and Paris. He is currently writing a novel.

Bonnie Bertram is a producer at Retro Report. She has written for the International Herald Tribune and Spy Magazine,  was the Editor in Chief of a web site guide and has produced newscasts, talk shows and magazine pieces for broadcast. Most recently she was a Senior Producer for special projects at CNN and

Laurence B. Chollet is the Senior Story Producer and co-founder of Retro Report. He has worked as a journalist for 20 years, writing for a variety of publications, including The Record (NJ), the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Guardian (UK), American Cinematographer, and Projections, the annual film book published by Faber & Faber.

Joe Demma is a contributing reporter at Retro Report. He worked as a reporter and editor at Newsday for more than three decades. He participated in three Pulitzer Prize winning projects and covered some of the biggest stories of the time, including ABSCAM, Tawana Brawley, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the Happy Land fire and the Columbine massacre. His career has included managing editor of the Modesto Bee and city editor of the Sacramento Bee. As investigations editor with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, he led an investigations team that won four national awards for its investigation into abuses in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster aid program and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative reporting in 2006.

Barbara Dury is a contributing producer at Retro Report.  She was an award-winning producer at CBS News, producing stories for 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II.  In 2007 she began working as a senior media consultant around the world, including Jordan, Syria, Bangladesh, Thailand and Pakistan.  Most recently she was the senior producer at CCTV-America where she developed, launched and produced their premiere news magazine broadcast, Americas Now.  Barbara has worked as a broadcast journalist for more than 30 years.

Joshua Fisher is a producer at Retro Report. Joshua has produced short documentaries for Frontline/World and Newsweek, shot video for PBS and Discovery Channel, and worked as an editor on two feature-length docs. He has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Andrew Fredericks is a contributing producer at Retro Report, and has been a documentary filmmaker for more than 20 years, working as a director, editor and cinematographer. Andrew has collaborated extensively with journalist Bill Moyers on a host of documentaries and conversations, producing and editing stories for NOW, Bill Moyers Journal, National Geographic Explorer, Blueprint America and PBS’ Need to Know. Andrew’s other works include If You knew Sousa, America in the Forties, and Fat with pioneering filmmaker Tom Spain. He also directed and edited Money Driven Medicine for Alex Gibney.

Jonathan Gruber is a contributing producer at Retro Report and has been directing, producing, and writing award-winning documentaries and TV shows for more than 20 years. His work has screened theatrically and at festivals around the world, and has aired on PBS, The History Channel, National Geographic and Discovery Networks. His latest project is A Deal with the Devil, which tells the untold story of I.G. Farben, the infamous German corporation.

Harry Hanbury is a contributing producer for Retro Report who has produced, edited, shot and written award-winning work for the American News Project, GRITtv, Discovery Communications, six Hollywood studios, and various non-profit organizations. Recent projects include a profile of economist Paul Krugman; Triangle’s Echoes, about worker safety 100 years after the Triangle fire; and The Loaded Chamber, about Washington’s most powerful lobby.

Ben Howard is the post production supervisor and a video editor at Retro Report.  He has edited content for The Discovery Channel, Discovery Health, The United Nations and PBS.  Ben has also worked with the award-winning production company Rain Media, editing documentaries for the PBS current affairs series Frontline.  Recently, he edited several episodes of the celebrity genealogy series Finding Your Roots.  Ben graduated from Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Media Production.

Stephen Ives is a Senior Producer at Retro Report and a leading independent documentary filmmaker. In 1987, Ives began a decade-long collaboration with filmmaker Ken Burns, as a co-producer of a history of the United States Congress, and as a consulting producer on the groundbreaking series, The Civil War and Baseball. Ives’ landmark series The West was seen by more than 38 million people nationwide during its national PBS premiere in the fall of 1996. Stephen has directed multiple films for American Experience, including Seabiscuit, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Kit Carson, Roads to Memphis, Panama Canal, and Custer’s Last Stand, and many others projects for PBS.

Olivia Katrandjian is a reporter at Retro Report. Previously, Olivia worked as a print journalist and travel writer, having visited 30 countries and written about many of them. Olivia has written for The Los Angeles Times, PBS Frontline’s Tehran Bureau, The BBC,, The Huffington Post, The Bergen Record and The Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. Olivia is currently working on her first book.

Rebecca Losick is an archival producer at Retro Report. She began her career in documentary film production more than 18 years ago working for filmmaker Albert Maysles and Maysles Films Inc. She has since worked on documentaries for HBO, IFC, Sundance and NOW with Bill Moyers. Rebecca’s most recent credits include the PBS project, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, about the history of the women’s movement.

Drew Magratten is a producer at Retro Report. He has worked in broadcast journalism for over 15 years at organizations such as NPR, MSNBC, New York Times Television, National Geographic, Discovery, NHK and CBS News. In 2006 he was posted to London for 60 Minutes, where he assisted in reporting, producing, writing and editing more than two dozen segments in 20 countries.   Drew is an Overseas Press Club scholar and has won two Emmy awards, an Edward R. Murrow award and a Gerald Loeb award nomination.

Cristina Maldonado is a senior reporter and head of the fact checking department at Retro Report. Previously, Cristina was a contributing producer to WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show and The Leonard Lopate Show. She has worked as a researcher/reporter in magazine and book publishing, been a stringer for The New York Times metro desk, a deadline news writer and producer for NY1’s Spanish sister station NY1 Noticias, and an Associate Producer for ABC News, Good Morning America.

Scott Michels is a reporter at Retro Report. He previously covered national legal news for ABC News. His work has also appeared in U.S.News & World Report, the New York Daily News and other publications. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he has also been an adjunct assistant professor.

Kristen Nutile is a contributing video editor at Retro Report and an award-winning documentary film editor based in New York City. Her work has screened around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. She holds a Master’s degree in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.

JP Olsen is a contributing producer at Retro Report, as well as a documentary filmmaker and writer. He has worked as a producer, co-producer and associate producer on numerous programs shown on A&E, CBS, Discovery Channel, HBO and PBS, including the PBS Frontline documentary Drug Wars, which won Emmy and Peabody Awards in 2000. He also has written for New York Magazine, The New York Observer, Newsday, The Village Voice and other publications. He directed and authored the 2008 documentary film and book, The Narcotic Farm, a history of the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital at Lexington, KY.

Amanda Pollak is a Senior Producer at Retro Report and has been producing, researching and writing documentaries for Public Television since 1992. She received an individual Emmy for her leading role in researching TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt. Amanda has produced numerous films for PBS, among them the Emmy Award-winning Truman; Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided; Money and Power: The History of Business; and one hour of the five-hour scientific series, The Secret Life of the Brain, which earned her an Emmy Award for producing. In 2001, Pollak joined Insignia Films to produce multiple films, including Reporting America at War, which earned a Cine Golden Eagle Award and was a 2004 Emmy nominee for Best Documentary, and eight films for American Experience. Amanda most recently produced Constitution USA with Peter Sagal, a four-part series for PBS.

Kit R. Roane is a producer at Retro Report. He has worked as a journalist and documentary photographer for more than 20 years, covering local, national and foreign assignments for a variety of publications, including The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report. Kit has reported on events, from the wars in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq to the Los Angeles riots, the Oklahoma City bombing, the OJ Simpson case and the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. He has also written several screenplays, including one for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Jill Rosenbaum is a contributing producer at Retro Report. Her news and documentary work has appeared on PBS, The Smithsonian Channel, CBS News Sunday Morning, the CBS Evening News and ABC News Nightline. She has been honored with numerous awards, including, most recently, for her 2012 PBS Frontline film “Dollars and Dentists,” which won an Annie E Casey Medal, a National Press Club Award, The James Aronson Prize for Social Justice Journalism and an Emmy Award nomination. 

Bret Sigler is a contributing producer and video editor at Retro Report. He directed, edited and shot award-winning documentaries for outlets such as PBS, ABC, MSNBC, TIME and Nat Geo. His work has been recognized by the CINE Masters’ Series, the Chris Awards, the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Brooklyn Arts Council and has screened at MOMA, HotDocs, Tribeca, and at numerous other film festivals around the world.

Matt Spolar is a reporter at Retro Report. Matt was a political reporter at the Concord Monitor, New Hampshire’s capital newspaper, where he covered the statehouse and the 2012 presidential primary. He also reported on a range of local issues, from recovery efforts after massive flooding to controversy at the northeast’s largest racetrack. Matt previously wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a newspaper correspondent at the Pennsylvania statehouse.

Karen Sughrue is a contributing producer at Retro Report. Karen has worked as a producer at 60 Minutes, where her stories included the growing knowledge gap with American boys falling behind girls in school, an exposé of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the impact of the one-child policy on Chinese society today. Karen also served as Executive Producer of CBS News Face the Nation and Berlin Bureau Chief covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union

Karen Vitale is Retro Report’s production manager. She has 20 years of experience as a cameraperson, producer and production manager in the television industry. Karen has developed and delivered content for national networks, including FOX News, CBS News and ABC News, and has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1996.

Sarah Weiser is a reporter at Retro Report. She has experience working as a photojournalist and reporter, and has interned as a photographer at newspapers in Washington, Illinois, and Utah.