Alan Kaufman is a very active member at Arlington Community Media. He is the creator of shows like In the Tradition and a show where he yodels in blue face makeup. You can also find him participating in Studio Knights and other ACMi events.
Deepak Bidwai is passionate about human rights, equality and justice, traits he inherited from his grandfather. His start up EmpZen is working to bring government transparency and accountability in the developing countries. He has been active with various non-profits including Friends of Spy Pond Park and ACMi Arlington, where he volunteers with his wife, Jaya.
Deepak’s show Unraveling India is an effort to make the world familiar with true India and it’s challenges and opportunities.
Charlotte is passionate about community engagement and uses the fabulous resources and mentors at ACMI to help translate a vision of a better community into educational and entertaining programming. Both in her free time and as part of her role as the Recycling Coordinator at Public Works, Charlotte enjoys highlighting environmental themes that spark people to learn and take local action.
A former student of Arlington Public Schools, Gayatri has been an active member of ACMi, the News team, and producer of the Ponderscope. Her favorite part of Arlington Public News is the sense of community and the many challenges that must be overcome to create successful segments.
George is a regular participant at the Wednesday Studio Knights gatherings. He can also frequently be found working on various ACMi shoots behind the camera! This includes productions like Town Day and the Patriot's Day Parade.
Jordan Weinstein was a radio news anchor for nearly 20 years at WBUR and WGBH, Boston’s two NPR affiliates. While at WGBH Jordan served as his union local president for four years. Jordan has spent his entire career in radio and television production on both the technical and talent sides. He is currently active in local politics with the Arlington Democratic Town Committee, Our Revolution Arlington (an outgrowth of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign), and Massachusetts Progressive Forum, (https://bit.ly/2FkIsJr) a Facebook politics site where his numerous video interviews with Massachusetts political candidates are posted. Jordan lives in Arlington Heights with his wife and cat Bebe.
Julie is currently employed as a Freelance Videographer/Editor/Producer/Director doing TV advertisements for non-profit organizations and for political campaigns. Julie also works at Belmont Media, and as a Videographer filming The Arlington Redevelopment Board and other town meetings for ACMi. She was previously a volunteer Producer for the New England Journal, and was employed as a Producer/Videographer/Editor/Director in the News Department at the Waltham Channel. Her future plans are to continue freelancing, making strides to improve her craft each day, and ultimately to make a movie.
Lenard moved from New Orleans to Boston in 1981. After living in East Arlington from 1997 to 2000, he returned to East Arlington in 2006. Some of his interests include: biology, financial markets and contemporary art.
Michael Armanious received his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in 2011. He has worked in the software industry for over 25 years in various sales and program management positions. Currently, he is a business analyst and video producer. He also runs a business consultant firm, MA technology, produces educational videos for APN, and spends time volunteering with Young Men's Success Series, a life management program designed to give young men the necessary skills and perspective to efficiently build a successful life.
Paul serves as co-anchor of Arlington Public News. As a 26-year Arlington resident, Paul is keenly interested in town issues and events. He is thrilled to be a part of the Arlington Public News team, while pursuing a long-time interest in broadcast journalism. Professionally, Paul works in the telecommuications field. In college, he studied communications and public relations. He grew up in both the U.S. and abroad. Some of his interests include music – he has been a singer with the Arlington-based Mystic Chorale since 1997 – history, travel, architecture, and the outdoors.
Long a believer that all issues are local, Peter Bermudes is tickled to be a part of the Arlington Public News team. He aspires to present issues and stories that will empower as well as inform Arlingtonians, and is grateful that he gets to learn so much along the way.
Walter Locke grew up in Dayton, Ohio and had nothing whatsoever to do with film or video, though he appeared in a short broadcast series about science for kids. He graduated from Ramona High school in Riverside, CA in 1967 and entered college in Cambridge, MA that fall.
While on leave from college from 1970-74, he produced a feature-length documentary about the US-backed coup against Chilean President, Salvador Allende. His researcher/writer, Charles Horman, was murdered in Chile in October 1973 and became the focus of the 1982 Costa Gavras feature film, Missing, starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, and John Shea. Walter’s documentary was used by the cast of Missing as reference material. Walter’s movie, Avenue of the Americas, was invited to compete in the 1977 Academy Awards.
Joining the ACMi staff in November 2006, as Community Outreach Coordinator, Walter witness the fast and furious development and evolution of a small cable access TV station to the sophisticated and much praised community media hub it is today. After retiring from his position in January 2014, Walter has kept his hand (and heart) in at ACMi, producing specials on his own and short subjects with Studio Knights. Walter now serves as an unsolicited evangelist for the company with which he spent seven wonderful years as Outreach Coordinator—a title happily relinquished to the brilliant James Milan in 2014.