Benjamin Franklin Screening & Panel

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March 30, 2022
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Join PBS KVIE for an online preview of the new 2-part documentary Benjamin Franklin by Ken Burns. An insightful panel discussion on the state of journalism from Franklin’s time to today will follow.

Benjamin Franklin explores the revolutionary life and work of one of the most consequential figures in American history – a prolific writer and publisher, a groundbreaking scientist and inventor, a world-renowned diplomat, and a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Franklin was anything but typical. His 84 years spanned nearly a century of revolutionary change in science, technology, literature, politics and government – change that Franklin himself helped to advance. Benjamin Franklin airs in two parts on PBS KVIE on April 4 & 5 at 8PM and will be available to stream on the PBS Video app at the same time.

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Video Descriptions

Intro Loop Ben Franklin


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - Reel 3: Franklin as a scientist, writer, and diplomat

60 minutes


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    Holly Healy

    Holly Healy is the Community Engagement & Events Project Manager at PBS KVIE. She is responsible for managing station events and maintaining and building relationships with community members.

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    Catherine S


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    Michael Sanford

    Panel Moderator

    Michael Sanford is the Associate General Manager for Production at PBS KVIE. He has more than 35 years of experience in television news, programming, and production. He joined PBS KVIE in 2005, launching our national series America's Heartland. Michael oversees all of PBS KVIE’s local, regional, and national programs. Prior to PBS KVIE, Michael was the managing producer for Business Now on ABC stations and News Travel Network. Michael’s work has appeared on CNN, Discovery Channel, RFD-TV, Voice of America, and the Travel Channel.

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    Marcos Bretón


    Marcos Breton is the California Opinion Editor for The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy. Breton has been a working journalist in California for more than 30 years and he was previously the lead columnist for The Bee. In 2010, Breton was featured in "The Tenth Inning." a documentary about baseball for PBS that was directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

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    Ginger Rutland


    Ginger Rutland retired from the Editorial Board of The Sacramento Bee in 2013 after 25 years at the paper. She covered criminal justice and public employee pensions among other topics of the day. Before joining The Bee, Ginger was a TV reporter, first at KCRA-TV, Channel 3 in Sacramento, followed by a decade-long stint as the Capital Bureau reporter for San Francisco’s KRON-TV. After retirement, Ginger adapted her mother’s memoir, “When We Were Colored, A Mother’s Story,” into a play that premiered in 2019 at the Sacramento Theatre Company where it broke box office records.

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    Caroline Winterer


    Caroline Winterer is William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and Professor by courtesy of Classics at Stanford University. She specializes in American history before 1900, especially the history of ideas, political thought, material culture, and the history of science. She is the author of five books and is currently writing a book on the history of deep time in America. She teaches classes on American history until 1900, including American cultural and intellectual history, the American Enlightenment, the history of science, and the trans-Atlantic contexts of American thought.

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