Behind the Voices

 

KidNuz is the brainchild of four veteran broadcast journalists who believe that kids deserve a newscast all their own; one that delivers current events in a kid-friendly package, sparks curiosity, and gets them asking critical questions. Together with parents and teachers, KidNuz engages kids on issues that are relevant to them. Or soon will be.

Tori Campbell, Founder/Anchor,

Board President

Tori is an award-winning broadcast journalist with 27 years of experience. She first worked as a radio reporter in the New York metropolitan area and then in the San Francisco Bay Area. For 19 years, she was co-anchor of the region’s #1 morning newscast, KTVU-TV’s “Mornings on 2″. Tori has done a variety of volunteer work, including producing and recording a weekly one-hour program reading news articles for the blind. When she’s not working, Tori spends her days cooking, exercising, and reading. She has two grown sons and lives with her husband in Singapore.

Kimberly Hunter, Founder/Anchor,
Board Member

Kim is an Emmy Award winning television reporter, actor, Ironman Triathlete and former collegiate swimmer. Kim’s journalism experience includes more than a decade in television news, most recently as a correspondent for CNN and reporter for KTVU-TV in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She periodically acts in commercials and television including spots for Xfinity, IBM, Vail Ski Resorts and the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” Kim lives in Northern California with her husband, four children and labrador retriever,

Stephanie Kelmar, Founder/School Liaison

 Board Secretary

Stephanie is a 2-time Emmy award winning producer of KTVU-TV’s “Mornings On 2” newscast in the San Francisco Bay Area. She began her professional broadcast career producing radio talk shows while still a student at UC Berkeley. Since leaving the full-time working world to raise a family, Stephanie has written programs for an internet television channel, produced a monthly newsmagazine and produced Facebook Live broadcasts for a website geared towards millennials. Stephanie lives in Palo Alto with her husband, two children and their dog.

Ro Thomas Schwarz, Founder/Editor,
Board Vice-President

Ro is the 4-time Emmy award winning Creator and Executive producer of KTVU’s “Mornings on 2”. After more than a decade at the helm, she traded the control room for consulting to help television stations across the country improve formats, talent, writing and ratings. Through it all, Ro proudly raised her 4 children on a steady diet of current events and is thrilled to bring her passion for unbiased and age-appropriate news to a new generation. She lives in Northern California with her husband, kids and yellow lab, Schnapps.

Jennifer Anderson, Creative Director/Board Member

Jennifer is the creative eye for KidNuz. Before joining the team, she spent 15 years crafting digital, social, and traditional experiences for companies large and small. She brings insight, enthusiasm, and an entrepreneurial edge to KidNuz, along with a deep passion for positive change. Jennifer complements her professional career with nonstop dedication to multiple nonprofits, for which she has held various board positions. She always leads with kindness, optimism, and authenticity. 

Stephanie Peterson, Social Media/Board Member

Steph led product marketing and global activation for Xbox, LeapFrog and YouTube and has consulted with Facebook, Adobe, Ericsson, Disney, Mattel, and a number of start-ups on content strategy, audience development, social engagement, and go-to-market planning and execution. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and lives in San Francisco with her two children.

Tracey Bracco, Treasurer/Board Member

Tracey brings over 16 years of non-profit accounting experience to KidNuz. She earned her MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley while working at BofA, was a nationally ranked amateur triathlete and developed a passion for nonprofit accounting at the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).  She is currently the CFO of a small real estate corporation and volunteers on several youth-oriented nonprofit boards.  She lives near SF with her husband and two children.

 

Michelle Deasy, Development

Michelle is a principal at Clutch Social Strategy, a consulting firm specializing in strategic operations and development for small to mid-sized non-profit and social impact organizations. Michelle earned a B.S. in Rural Sociology from Cornell University and an M.A. in Demography from U.C. Berkeley. She lives outside San Francisco, with her husband and three children.

Albert Tong, Attorney 

Albert is a partner at Burke Williams & Sorensen where he practices commercial litigation.  He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School and his A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley.  Originally from Los Angeles, he now lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two daughters where he enjoys snowboarding and playing the ukulele

(and is equally terrible at both). 

Marissa McGee, Educator

Marissa has spent her career in communities that have been historically underserved due to systemic inequities. She taught kindergarten, first, and second grade in Washington, D.C. for nearly a decade. She now serves as an instructional coach in Oakland, CA and she works with Stanford graduate students who are entering the teaching profession.  

Lisa Parker, Accounting

Lisa is a principal at Regalia & Associates, CPAs.  After more than twenty years in public accounting working with hedge funds and similar organizations in the financial services industry, she now enjoys working exclusively with non-profit organizations, providing audit, tax, and consulting services.  Originally from the Midwest, she now lives in the Bay Area with her husband, where they raised 2 daughters.  

Advisors

Lori McDevitt, Educator

Lori has her Master’s in Education and has taught both elementary and middle school for the last 15 years.  Her prior career was in mental health services working with adults and teens and has volunteered for Girls Scouts USA for 8 years. Today, Lori enjoys playing and coaching high school tennis and mentoring foster youth as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in her free time.  Lori and her husband are expecting their first grandchild in 2021. 

Renee Pyle, PhD

Child Psychologist  

Renee has worked in clinic, hospital, school and private practice settings for almost 20 years. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where she supervises and teaches child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. She lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband and their two sons. 

Rachel Rosner, Educator

Rachel Rosner is a professional educator with policy and practical insight gained from over 20 years experience both inside and outside of the classroom.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons.

Susan Steiner Saal 

Susan is a non-profit and for-profit leader with 20 years of experience facilitating dynamic marketing and operations strategy.  Specializing in fundraising and governance, Susan cultivates deeply connected relationships to build and energize mission-driven opportunities. She lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband and two children.

Teacher Advisor Panel

It takes a village! Please meet our panel of teacher advisors, all dedicated to making KidNuz the best classroom experience possible!

Noah Teitelbaum

Denver, Colorado

Noah started his work in education as a fifth grade teacher 20 years ago. He's taught, been an instructional coach, curriculum designer, and nonprofit director. He now consults on learning and development and business management for nonprofits and companies. His two kids and he listen to KidNuz on the way to school. 

Annie Cox

Montessori School

Salt Lake City, Utah

I've lived in ten states, two countries, and have visited all of the continents but one (Antarctica).  After spending five years as a finance officer in the Air Force, I decided to become a special education teacher 12 years ago.  In addition to teaching, I am pursuing a doctorate degree with a focus on teacher preparation. I also learned a valuable life lesson recently: if you let a 4-year old name your family pets, you’ll end up with dogs named Couch and Meatball!  

Andrea Machart 

I teach 4th grade at Annunciation School in Stockton, California. For over 60 years, Annunciation School has been providing quality Catholic education to K-8th grade students in the Stockton Diocese. I also attended Annunciation as a child. I went back "home." This will be my 21st year in the classroom.! 

Cori Spain 

New York State certified in both elementary education and literacy, I’ve been in the education field for over 25 years. Currently, I teach 4th grade at a Catholic School in upstate NY, and have been for the past 8 years. KidNuz has been a part of my daily curriculum since I first found the podcast through a search of great current events lessons for 4th graders, even through virtual learning!

Medina Kovacevic

Suwanee Elementary School

Suwanee, Georgia

Medina has been teaching for six years and is a Gifted Language Arts Instructional Lead Teacher. 

Julie McKonkey

I am starting my 14th year of teaching (5th grade).  I teach at a small, rural school in Illinois. My “Monsters” love listening to Kidnuz and answering the quiz questions.  We look forward to hearing the shoutouts daily! 

Brian Kaspar

Brian joins us from Ranch Creek Elementary School,  a Pre-K through 5th grade International Baccalaureate World School

 
 

Interns

Maggie Maize, Journalism Intern

Maggie is a recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, where she studied writing. She is endlessly curious and always carries a pen and journal. As a Deep Center writing fellow and intern, she mentored middle schoolers in creative writing. Maggie lives in Northern California

and is working on her first novel.

Lucy Reich, Social Media Intern

Lucy is a senior at the University of Oregon studying Advertising with a minor in music. She has had success in developing and implementing social media plans and managing social media contents. 

She has a creative eye and a passion for social media marketing.