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Chris Guarino

Senior Producer

Chris Guarino is an award-winning news and documentary producer with more than 20 years experience in producing both breaking news and long-form news programming. In addition to his duties as senior producer of “Washington Week,” Guarino also serves as senior producer of “Flashpoints USA with Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifill, “ a quarterly news and public affairs series seen nationally on PBS. Another recent success came as executive producer of the highly acclaimed series “Avoiding Armageddon,” an eight-hour production for PBS on weapons of mass destruction and terrorism this past spring.

While at CNN Guarino served as executive producer of the network’s political unit, and was also responsible for such signature series as “Inside Politics” and “Crossfire.” In addition, his wide-ranging political journalism experience encompassed coverage during each election cycle for nearly two decades in the 80s and 90s, including floor and podium producing at every political convention since 1984.

Guarino headed up the team at CNN that was awarded the 1999 duPont-Columbia Journalism Award for his coverage of the impeachment and trial of President Bill Clinton. A 1998 series on campaign finance entitled “The Money Trail” earned a Joan Barone Award for excellence in radio and television coverage. Among other notable work: a 1990 Clarion Award for best documentary series for his work on “Waging Peace,” a 30-part series on conflict resolution around the world, and an ACE (Award for Cable Excellence) in 1988 for outstanding news series as producer of “Inside Politics ’88.”

Guarino was also on the scene as a reporter and producer for CNN’s coverage of such historic breaking stories as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa in 1994, and the election recount in Florida in 2000. During his career he has collaborated with and produced for some of the most distinguished names in the news business: Walter Cronkite, Bernard Shaw, Judy Woodruff, Wolf Blitzer, Frank Sesno, Daniel Schorr and Robert Novak.

A graduate of Ohio University, Guarino lives with his family in the Washington, D.C. area.

Jeff Bieber

WETA Vice President of News and Public Affairs Programming
Executive Producer, “Washington Week”

Jeff Bieber, WETA’s vice president of news and public affairs programming, is responsible for the production of the station’s flagship public affairs program for PBS, “Washington Week.” In addition, Bieber oversees all of WETA’s election coverage and the creation and development of news documentaries, programs and weekly series.

Bieber was named executive producer of “Washington Week” in November 1999. A senior producer at WETA since 1998, he has worked in television production at WETA since 1981. Bieber’s programs have garnered numerous honors including two Emmy Awards and four CINE Golden Eagle Awards.

Among the many programs Bieber has produced are the award-winning documentary “For the Living,” chronicling the creation of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; the health care documentary “Who Plays God?”; “Straight Talk with Derek McGinty” specials; “A Capitol Fourth” and “The National Memorial Day Concert” live concerts broadcast nationally from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol; congressional hearings; and presidential press briefings.

Dalton Delan

WETA Executive Vice President and Chief Programming Officer,
Executive Producer, “Washington Week”

Dalton Delan has been executive vice president and chief programming officer of WETA Washington, D.C., since December 1998. Delan directs WETA’s national and local production departments, creating documentary, performance, cultural, news and public affairs programming and related projects, including Internet and high-definition television productions.

Prior to joining WETA, Delan was executive vice president of programming and creative director for Sundance Channel, where he helped launch the movie channel for independent films in a highly competitive media environment. From 1992 to 1996, Delan was senior vice president for programming and production at the Travel Channel, where he headed the relaunch of the network, with a marked improvement in ratings during his tenure.

From 1990 to 1992, he was director of program development at Lifetime Television in New York, prior to which he was the director of documentary programming at Home Box Office from 1986 to 1990. Delan was on the producing staff of the ABC News Closeup Documentary Unit in New York from 1979 to 1986, and he served as a writer/editor with Time-Life Books in the Washington, D.C. area from 1976 to 1979.

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