Simon (Executive Producer) helped to invent the modern
alternative newsweekly when he founded
The Syracuse New Times.
It is now one of the oldest alternative newspapers in the country.
Click here for the story of the paper's founding. Simon
led the weekly for 11 years as it gained regional prominence for its
coverage of arts and entertainment, media, business and politics.
The Syracuse paper and another weekly founded by Simon, The Ithaca New Times,
have received hundreds of awards for journalistic excellence.
selling the newspapers, Simon worked as an editorial and publishing
consultant for a wide range of companies and organizations, including the
National Consumer Cooperative Bank, the Connecticut Commission on the
Arts, the Connecticut Film Commission, and United Technologies
Corporation. During that time he wrote a weekly newspaper series on the
legacy of urban renewal in his hometown that won the Amos Tuck/Champion
Award for Economic Understanding. He also authored The New England Handcraft Catalog
(Globe Pequot Press), a widely acclaimed book on leading New England
artisans and their work.
Since starting SimonPure Productions,
Ken Simon has produced, written and directed numerous television
programs, including documentaries, entertainment programs, and
video. Programs include Colt: Legend & Legacy, a biography of
gun manufacturer Samuel Colt; Left to Die, the story of the
Navy’s scandalous loss during World War II of the USS Juneau and its
crew; Schemitzun!, portraying the country’s biggest celebration of
Native American music and dance; USS Nautilus, on the first
nuclear sub and its role in both the Cold War and civilian nuclear power.
and The Mark of Uncas, an HDTV
documentary on the history of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut.
He produced the PBS pledge concerts Carole King: A New Colour In
The Tapestry, A Tribute To Harry Chapin and
The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over. He also
produced the PBS pledge specials Finding Your Own True Love and
Emotional Freedom Now!
has also created many programs broadcast statewide on
Connecticut commercial and public television stations, including
nine documentaries in The Connecticut Experience series,
a collaboration of Connecticut Public Television and
Connecticut Humanities Council that has
been recognized by the Federation of State Humanities Councils as the best state
humanities project in the nation.
The latest program in that series is
Working the Land:
The Story of Connecticut Agriculture.
Simon's programs have won many regional and
including three Emmy awards, 18 Emmy nominations
and the American Bar Association Silver Gavel for Legal Reporting.
He is also the developer of PhoneZone,
a software management system for regional theaters. The groundbreaking program evolved from Simon's longtime
for non-profit organizations. Clients included Regional
Theatre Tony Award winners Denver Center Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera
House, Hartford Stage Company, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre and Yale
In the 1980s, Simon cofounded the Down on the Farm contemporary
craft gallery on his family's old farm in Connecticut.
He is the Chairman of the
Green Committee, charged with developing local initiatives that
support healthy and sustainable living. He is also a member of the
Buy CT Grown
Advisory Team, which connects Connecticut
consumers with Connecticut-grown products.
Simon is a graduate of
Syracuse University with a degree in Television/Radio.
O'Connell in the field.
O'Connell (Senior Producer)
pioneering editor of alternative newsweeklies in Phoenix, New
Orleans, San Antonio and New England. Journalists trained by O’Connell have
won every major journalism award, including the Pulitzer Prize and the
George Polk Award and the Amos Tuck/Champion Award for Economic
Understanding. Each of O’Connell’s alternative newsweeklies also featured
distinguished cultural and lifestyle content, both originating and
reflecting the demographic that came to be known as the Baby Boomers.
He has written
media criticism and commentary for a wide range of periodicals including
American Journalism Review and Investigative Reporters and Editors Journal
and contributed to National Public Radio, Time magazine, The Boston Globe,
The Dallas Morning News and the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News
broadcast experience started in Phoenix where he was an on-air commentator
for KDKB-FM. He later contributed to a number of National Public Radio
affiliates, ultimately filing reports for NPR’s Morning Edition
and All Things Considered. Since adding television to his
activities, O’Connell has been a consultant to CBS News, including 60
Minutes and served as program consultant/producer on two Christmas
music concerts for public television, I Want to Hear the Bells, and
Christmas Is Coming (with Vanessa Williams and Ossie Davis).
recently wrote, produced and directed a 17-episode series, Gray’s
Sporting Journal for OLN (Outdoor Life Network). The travel-adventure
film series won the coveted “Teddy Award” presented each year to the
top conservation-oriented outdoor show on television.
|Linda Matys O'Connell
Linda Matys O’Connell
likes to be first. She began her media career in 1971 as writer and co-host
of Connecticut Public Television’s Womankind, one of the first
news-talk programs aimed at women. She helped fan a revolution in print in
1973 when she founded the Valley Advocate, the first alternative
newsweekly in Western Massachusetts and one of the first such publications
in the country to mount a sustainable challenge to daily newspapers. What
became a four-newspaper chain with more than 380,000 circulation in New
England won numerous awards, including the prestigious Amos Tuck Award for
Economic Understanding under Linda’s leadership. The Advocate chain was
purchased by the Tribune Co.
Linda owned additional alternative newspapers in Louisiana and Texas and,
with writer/editor Geoff O’Connell and noted photographer Donn Young,
organized the New Orleans Bureau, a freelance consortium serving print and
broadcast outlets including Time Magazine and National Public Radio.
Drawn by the challenges of providing significant arts & entertainment and
lifestyle coverage, Linda served as editor of New Orleans and San
Antonio city magazines. Upon returning to the East Coast, she served as
arts & entertainment editor for the Times Mirror Co., now Tribune Co., in
Southern Connecticut. She was the recipient of a Times Mirror Innovation
Prize and was named Journalist of the Year in 1999.
She moved on to become assistant managing editor for features at Tribune
property The Morning Call, the third largest paper in Pennsylvania.
She and her team re-imagined and redesigned the newspaper’s features
sections, raising readership 19 percent over a four-year period. She also
initiated a robust features presence online.
Linda dallied briefly with the Gannett Co., managing custom publishing
products in southern New Jersey in print and online. She joined SimonPure
Productions as producer in February 2008.
Linda has degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Brown University with an
emphasis on English literature. She serves on the Board
of Directors of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke and is Regional
Director of the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors.
STUFF WE LIKE
by Roger Keyes
Look carefully. He says pay attention, notice. He
says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing.
He says look forward to getting old.
He says keep changing. You just get
more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat
yourself as long as it’s interesting.
He says keep doing what you love.
He says every one of us is a child,
every one of us is ancient, every
one of us has a body.
He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find a
way to live with fear.
He says everything is alive
buildings, people, fish, mountains,
trees. Wood is alive. Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us. He says
live with the world inside you.
It matters that you care.
It matters that you feel. It
matters that you notice. It matters that
life lives through you.
Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life
living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
Is life living through you.
Peace is life living through you.
He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you.
THE SOLAR SOLUTION
Mother Earth News Contributing
Editor Steve Heckeroth explains
why solar energy is the solution to our fossil-fueled crisis.
THE WONDER OF WIND
Another Mother article
artfully argues for
windmills and wind farms as a "higher order of beauty" that can
provide a significant percentage of our electricity.
All things being eco
Gadget, tools, guides
Celebrities do green
News & Commentary
The green bottom line
Wildlife & wild places
Eco goes mainstream
Products, ideas, trends
The right thing to do
Solid climate realism
NYT enviro reports
Green biz by WSJ staff
The Good Human
Don't blow it...
What you can do
Green scientists explain
NRDC blogs it up