Our mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans through the power of media.
Next Avenue has served over 40 million people on our site and millions more through our platforms and partnerships. Every day, we invite readers to consider what is next, what lies just ahead and what will be revealed in their lives. By exploring questions big and small, we spark action — 95 percent of readers take an action after reading our stories — and open up a world of possibilities.
Next Avenue is unique among today’s media:
We want to know what you’re doing, what you’re thinking about. Next Avenue is a two-way conversation that comes to life on the website, in social media, in user panels and in surveys and polls.
Next Avenue is produced by Twin Cities PBS (TPT) for a national audience. Our journalists are based around the country, so we’re able to uncover stories and voices from everywhere.
VP of Digital Publishing, Twin Cities PBS
Colleen leads the digital publishing teams at Twin Cities PBS. These include Next Avenue and Rewire. Previously, she was Executive Director of Digital Products at KQED in San Francisco.
Next Avenue Co-Founder and Former President and CEO, Twin Cities PBS
Jim and his colleague Judy Diaz are the founders and creators who brought Next Avenue to life. Jim is pleased to be on the team harnessing the power of the media to inspire, engage and inform people as they embark on the journey of growing older and wiser.
Director of Audience Development
Bryce comes to Next Avenue with rich experience engaging and developing audiences around all types of media content — from directing social engagement campaigns for Academy Award-winning filmmakers to coaching local PBS stations on how to extend the impact of their work. Based in L.A., he can be reached by email at [email protected].
Managing Editor and Senior Editor of the Money and Work & Purpose Channels
Rich has helped people manage their finances and careers as a writer and editor at major media outlets including Money, Yahoo!, CBS MoneyWatch, USA Today and Good Housekeeping. He has written two books, How to Avoid a Mid-Life Financial Crisis and The Money Book of Personal Finance. He is based in New Jersey and can be reached at 908-456-2089 or by email at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @richeis315.
Senior Editor for Features
Julie has worked as a writer and editor for more than 20 years; her work has appeared in publications including the Star Tribune and Minnesota Parent. For the past several years, she was a managing editor for the community lifestyle magazine group at Tiger Oak Media in Minneapolis, where she also served as writer and editor for Saint Paul Magazine and other Tiger Oak publications. Julie can be reached via email at [email protected].Follow her on Twitter @juliepfitzinger.
Grace Birnstengel leads an editorial initiative on age-friendly health care — what it means and how people can identify and access care that meets their unique needs. Her other areas of focus include LGBTQ issues, mental health, the arts and ageism. Grace holds a bachelor of arts in journalism and gender, women and sexuality studies from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Reach her by email at [email protected].
Business Development and Sponsorship Manager
Emily has over 15 years of experience in the cultural nonprofit business sector. Her work has comprised largely of fundraising, marketing, and business development consulting for nonprofits requiring revenue generation or a re-imagining. She holds a Masters in Arts & Cultural Management from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelors in Communications and minor in Business from Concordia College, Moorhead.
Audience Engagement Manager
After working on marketing and communications at various Minnesota nonprofits, Sarah found her way to Rewire and Twin Cities PBS. In addition to her love of marketing, she is a big fan of all things nerdy (she’s a proud Hufflepuff), is a dedicated Minnesota Gopher football and Minnesota United fan, and can often be found dancing to David Bowie, watching old Saturday Night Live sketches or tearing up at videos of soldiers surprising their kids and/or dogs.
Audience Engagement Editor
Sabrina grew up working professionally as a stage actor. She wrote her first freelance article for American Girl Magazine at age 12 and eventually decided that her true calling was journalism. Passions include classic movies, boy bands, girl pop, Scandinavian minimalist fashion, all varieties of poodles, and public media. Being part of the PBS system is a lifelong dream come true.
Digital Product Manager
Kristi has worked in user experience and technology for 12 years, serving in roles across technology including content writer, product manger, user experience architect and account director. As Rewire’s product manager, it’s her job to work at the intersection of technology, users and content to bring you the best experience. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism, marrying it with her technology experience to shape the present and future of Next Avenue.
Next Avenue relies on sponsorships to support our service. We seek out businesses and organizations that share our mission and are looking to reach a passionate and engaged public media audience. Sixty percent of Next Avenue readers say they have a more positive view of a company that supports the site. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected].
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