Elizabeth Southwell, Associate Producer
A recent addition to KUED, Elizabeth Southwell has been a production assistant since 1997. Her assignments include assisting Senior Producer, Ken Verdoia and Associate Producer, Nancy Green on long format documentaries for local and national PBS broadcast, including: The Frontier Photographers, Joe Hill, and Glen Canyon. She also works as a part of the KUED's Public Affairs Team, helping with the weekly show Civic Dialogue and assisting producer Colleen Casto in documentary work. Since 1998, she has assisted in the production of educator profiles for the annual broadcast of the PTA Golden Apple Awards.
She was co-producer along with Colleen Casto of KUED's show Utah's Many Faces. In showcasing Utah's changing landscape, Elizabeth found fortune in working with two religious groups, the Hare Krishna's Temple in Spanish Fork and the Japanese Church of Christ in downtown Salt Lake.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Utah with a B.A. in Film Studies, Elizabeth began doing freelance film work as a script supervisor for the independent film, "Plan 10 from Outer Space." Under the tutelage of local film maker Trent Harris, she learned guerilla filmmaking and forgotten lore. She continued working various and sundry film production jobs, while paying the bills pouring coffee at the punk rock watering hole Bandaloops (R.I.P).
She began her career at KUED in 1997 as a production assistant with Media Solutions. There, she benefited from the mentorship of producer, Kristy Campbell while creating the Telly Award-winning program, Women Who Walk Through Time. The program encourages young girls to pursue Earth Science.
Elizabeth, who goes by "Liz" only on good days, says her heart belongs to filmmaking, but she found her soul in public television.