10 Forward Presenters

Jay Adams – Changing careers and running a newsroom in the public/private sector

pix 3Jay Adams spent 20 years in broadcast TV news as a producer. He started as a part-time video tape editor at WOI-TV in Ames, Iowa and worked his way up the ranks to 10 p.m. producer at WHO-TV in Des Moines and executive weekend producer at KCNC-TV in Denver. He produced every show and every shift from mornings to nights and thrived at producing special projects at each station.
In 2013, he left the news business to pursue a career in internal communications at Denver Water. His new role involves informing employees in much the same way he did as a producer. His current role involves writing for the company newsletter, magazine and internal social media channels. He develops communications plans on how to best communicate information to employees. He takes all company photographs and shoots and edits the organization’s videos.

Mark Neitro – Taking advantage of your surroundings to light the moment


Mark Neitro is a photojournalist at CBS4 in Denver. He’s been working at the station for over 15 years. In addition to regular photographer duties, Mark also operates the satellite truck, does graphics and is actively involved on Twitter (@CBS4Mark), and other forms of social media. Mark enjoys covering breaking news/weather and telling stories. In addition to covering local news, he has also traveled to the White House twice to interview the President and most recently to New York/New Jersey to cover the 2014 Super Bowl.

Prior to CBS4, Mark directed a nationally syndicated television show called “Critter Gitters”. The children’s television program was shot in Santa Barbara, California.  After graduating from Oregon State University in 1992 with a degree in Broadcast Media Communications, Mark joined the Air Force. He was a multimedia journalist stationed in both South Korea and Germany. Mark traveled Asia and Europe telling stories about the US military, including a trip to Uzbekistan focusing on their health care system.  Mark is married and has a son and stepdaughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, snowboarding, movies, video games and still photography.

Phil Tenser – Marketing & branding yourself online

When Phil Tenser was trying to start his career, he worked hard to market himself online as a reporter and video journalist. Friends and professors even called him “philtenser.com” in jest. Soon, he realized he was better suited to the management of a digital platform and a new career path was established. Phil has since won several local and regional awards for his digital coverage of news events, like the Waldo Canyon Fire and the search for Jessica Ridgeway. He was a member of a two-person team that won that won the prestigious national Edward R. Murrow award for best small market website and has since won the regional version of the award in the large market category.
Phil is also a local organizer for the Online News Association’s Rocky Mountains group that meets 3-4 times each year for social and educational events, like training sessions with Google. Find Phil at philtenser.com, @pstenser, facebook.com/pstenser, +PhilTenser. Find ONA Rocky Mountains at http://www.meetup.com/ONA-Rocky-Mountains/

Trevor Hughes – Marketing & branding yourself online

trevor hughesTrevor Hughes got his start covering politics in Massachusetts, a required stop for politicos ranging from Mike Dukakis to Bill and Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney. But after co-worker joked that his idea of camping was staying in a hotel without room service, Trevor headed west to ski and hike and mountain bike. He worked for several community newspapers in Colorado before joining Gannett, where he covered what he still considers one of the best cities in America –Fort Collins – while assisting in USA TODAY’S Colorado coverage.

In early 2014, Trevor joined USA TODAY full time. He’s covered tragedies like the Aurora theater and Fort Hood shootings to the Moore, Okla. tornadoes, the devastating Colorado floods of 2013 and more wildfires than he can count. A certified wildland firefighter, Trevor works out of the Gannett-owned KUSA 9News newsroom in Denver, where he appears online, print and on television. Trevor’s grounding in local news helps him keep an audience-focused perspective on storytelling, while the power of Gannett helps translate those stories for the rest of America.

As a first-generation American, Trevor retains a sense of wonder at the natural beauty of this country, along with an appreciation for the melting pot of international cuisines found around the States, although pizza remains his default choice. His favorite belongings include his National Parks pass, his telemark skis and his passport. And he treats his Jeep like a hotel room on wheels.  You can follow along with Trevor’s reporting and adventures (warning, lots of food pictures) at @trevorhughes on Twitter or on facebook at facebook.com/hughesofthenews.

Misty Montano – Marketing & branding yourself online


Misty Montano is the Digital Content Manager for 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. She is an Emmy award winning journalist who supports and teaches others to use and develop social media communities.

Misty works to create social TV where TV, digital and social all work together to engage the 9NEWS journalists with the audience. Since 2009 she has successfully integrated journalism with social media to provide information where and how people want to get it. She previously was Assignment Editor at KCNC-TV and received her B.A. in Media Communication from Hastings College. 

John Goheen – Staying Relevant, Creative and Motivated

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John Goheen is a freelance television photographer, producer and educator based in Denver, Colorado. He is recognized, by his peers, as one of the best in the business. Winning more than 300 local, regional, and national awards, John is the first three-time winner of his profession’s top award, the National Press Photographers Association’s (NPPA) Television News Photographer of the Year and is a recipient of the prestigious Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award.

Goheen is widely recognized for his storytelling skills and for his ability to capture great sound and pictures. His honors, which include 12 Emmy awards, have been granted for all kinds of stories, from spot news and features to sports and documentaries. In addition to winning the Television News Photographer of the Year title three consecutive years, Goheen has finished runner-up three times. The award is given annually to the top news photographer in North America. NPPA also gives a Television Station of the Year award, which recognizes the best television news photography in the business. Goheen stations have received this award three times while he was on staff.

During his 34-year career, Goheen has traveled the world to photograph major stories and events. Some of his assignments have included the civil war and famine in Somalia; Desert Storm; the eruption of Mt. St. Helens; the Super Bowl; and the grueling Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska. Other assignments have taken Goheen to Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Liberia, Mali, Kenya, Central and South America, Romania, Northern Ireland, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Mexico, Cambodia, Canada, Cuba, Vietnam, most of central Europe and recently, Sudan, Chad, Libya, Haiti and India.

Goheen began his broadcasting career in 1977 with the U. S. Army, working for the American Forces Radio and Television Network, Europe. In 1980, Goheen took his first commercial position with KTUU-TV, Anchorage, Alaska, as Chief News Photographer. For the next 12 years, Goheen worked as a staff photographer at KOB-TV, Albuquerque, New Mexico; KUTV, Salt Lake City, Utah; followed by KOMO-TV, Seattle, Washington; and KMGH-TV, Denver, Colorado.

Goheen became a full-time freelance photographer and producer in 1993. He has worked for CBS 48 Hours, Dateline NBC, NBC Sports, ABC Monday Night Football, ESPN and ESPN 2, NBC Nightly News, NBC Today, CBS Evening News, CBS Before Your Eyes, Fox News and Fox Sports, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News 60 Minutes, CBS News 60 Minutes II, CBS News The Early Show, PBS, The Discovery Channel, United Methodist Communications, Corbis Documentaries, Hallmark Entertainment, HDNet, National Geographic numerous corporate clients.

Goheen often speaks at workshops and professional seminars around the US and abroad. He has consulted with various television stations, universities, and the American Forces Radio and Television Network. He has conducted seminars at the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) annual convention, the Maine Film and Television Workshop and is on the faculty of the NPPA Advanced StoryTellers Workshop.

John Goheen can be reached at 303.810.9951 or JGo10@aol.com.

Pat Woodard – Staying Relevant, Creative and Motivated


Telling stories just seems to come naturally for Pat Woodard. As a writer, radio broadcaster, television correspondent and video producer, Pat’s been telling stories for journalism, corporate and non-profit clients for decades. He’s won well over 100 regional and national awards for storytelling excellence, including a dozen EMMYs and 7 Edward R. Murrow awards.

Pat has produced, written, hosted and narrated award winning documentaries that have taken him around the world for clients such as the National Geographic Channel, the Hallmark Channel, Fox Sports, the Discovery Channel, PBS and other national and international television networks. He’s documented the struggles of former Soviet bloc nations striving to make the transition to market driven economies. He’s witnessed and written about the rapidly changing economic and cultural landscape of China. He’s told the human stories of natural disasters in Haiti and Central America and gone “nose to nose” with wild polar bears in the Canadian arctic and elusive kiwi birds in New Zealand.

Recently, Pat served as writer and co-Executive Producer of “V-Day 11.11.11.” This award winning, 90 minute documentary is a nationwide chronicle of one day in the life of America’s military veterans. “V-Day 11.11.11” originally aired on PBS stations on or around Veterans Day 2012 and is still shown publicly at venues such as History Center Colorado, the National World War 1 Museum, the Shiloh National Military Park, the Kansas Aviation Museum, Loyola University of Chicago, Creighton University, the University of Colorado and the Pritzker Military Library.

Pat is also the writer of “Life, Liberty and Resilience,” a documentary in film festival circulation that tells the incredible story of a grandson of slaves living in the shadow of segregation, from his boyhood home in Mississippi to the beaches of Iwo Jima, and his journey as an octogenarian back to places that had a profound, indelible and often negative impact on his life, but which he refused to let diminish his faith in his country and in himself.

Pat just finished writing the documentary “Berni’s Journey in Wanderland,” the story of a “type A” woman’s odyssey from career catastrophe to reinvention and renewal.

Pat has produced, written and narrated many corporate and non-profit projects, including videos in 2012 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and in 2013 for the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. Corporate clients include General Motors, Tourism New Zealand, Orient Express Hotels and Trains and many more.

Pat has been on the faculty of a number of national teaching workshops, serving for a decade at the Advanced Story Telling Workshop of the National Press Photographers Association. He has conducted numerous seminars on writing and storytelling for individual television stations, television networks, colleges and universities.

Bob Pearce – Video storytelling in the private sector

Bob Pearce has been a creative television photojournalist for a little over thirty years, starting in Shreveport, then to New Orleans, and finally here in Denver, with photographic travels to New York, Washington D.C., Tegucigalpa, Honduras and all over Japan. Bob did 25 years in TV News with heavy cameras prior to moving to the private sector with much lighter cameras… his sore back is much better now.Bob is the owner/operator/videographer/editor/storyteller of Pearce Video Productions. He has worked with local, corporate and national clients such as Denver Health, Media Buzz Group, the Zarlengo Foundation, America’s Most Wanted, Volvo Construction Equipment and has worked with well known subjects such as Lionel Richie, John Walsh, “Earth, Wind and Fire”, Michael Franti and most recently, Seth Meyers.Bob is also the Media Production Specialist for the City of Golden where he produces, shoots, and edits various city sponsored video projects and events. He is the TV director for the bi-weekly City Council meetings for live and taped broadcasts. He runs the city’s social media accounts to communicate with Golden citizens and he shoots still pictures for the City’s monthly newsletter, The Informer.During his time in TV News he received multiple broadcast news, photography, and editing awards, including two Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow Award.“Bob is a gifted and creative news photographer, always putting the story before all else.  His style is as eye-catching and fresh as a salmon flying across Seattle’s Pike Place Market.”

Keith Esparros

Sr. Manager – Investigative and Consumer Unit at KNBC

Tom McDonald – Video storytelling in the private sector

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Director of Production and Partner, Tom McDonald is Fireside Production’s creative genius.  He is an Emmy Award-winning photojournalist and Fireside Production’s lead videographer.  Tom left an accomplished career in television news to co-found Fireside Production.  His news career spanned more than a decade and took him from Grand Junction, Colorado to Spokane, Washington before he settled in at Fox 31 News in Denver.  Tom is known for using the camera’s lens to capture the video, natural sound and moments to deliver dynamic video pieces for Fireside Production’s Clients.  Tom leads the technical side of Fireside Production.  He is the chief videographer and ensures all field production results in the highest quality shots and sound.  Tom is also a gifted editor with an unmatched ability to effectively pace videos.

Tommy Collier – Advancing your skills in Photoshop & After Effects


Tommy Collier is a highly inspired, award winning, visual artist with film, television, news and agency experience. Inexhaustible artistic vision, massive amounts of creativity and a rock-solid, highly-diverse skill set.  Specialties: Film, TV & Video Production, Photography, Graphic & Broadcast Design.

During his tenure at KUSA he won numerous awards for editing and graphic design.

Brandon Berman – Producing a documentary as a team


Brandon Berman is an instructor and director of the Multimedia Graphic Design program at Front Range Community College. He is creative and adept at integrating multimedia into education. He has been consulting on video production, Web development and design, podcasting, software usability, implementation, and training since 1997. He also owned a video and web design company from 2001-2007.
Brandon has extensive experience working in all phases of multimedia development and has won international and national awards.  He has been teaching video editing  and animation courses for the past 14 years. He has been with Front Range Community College for 10 years and was the 2007 Master Teacher and received the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Award. He has also taught at Colorado Free University, Red Rocks Community College, University of Colorado, Boulder. Two summers ago Brandon taught at primary, secondary and universities in several towns in Kenya.
Roles performed on the project: Brandon had the honor of acting as director/producer for the Women Warriors: A Vision of Valor. It was truly amazing experience to collaborate with enthusiastic and extremely talented students, women veterans and everyone at Representative Perlmutter’s Office. We are all very proud of what we have done together.

Shawn Montano – Becoming a more efficient editor with Premiere Pro


Shawn Montano is a nationally recognized video professional.  He has more than 15 years of video production experience which includes winning five regional Emmys, 3 Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards, an Edward R. Murrow award and is the only person ever to win the title of Video Editor of the Year by the National Press Photographer Association four times.  Shawn is also the founder of Thunderhead Media and an instructor at Emily Griffith Technical College.