Paul S. Mason, President & Chief Executive Officer, is an award-winning broadcast journalist and documentarian. A 28-year veteran of ABC News, Mason served as senior vice president and the executive-in-charge of several ABC News shows, including Nightline, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and ABC News Radio. He also directed all political coverage at ABC News and served as executive producer for the weekend edition of World News Tonight. Through the course of his career, Mason's work earned an Emmy (plus 14 Emmy nominations), four Cine Golden Eagles, and the New York Film Festival Grand Prize for his one-hour news documentary, Judgment at Midnight. He was a member of the ABC News team that won the DuPont Silver Baton and the Peabody Award for coverage of the events of September 11, 2001. For more information, please see Paul's full bio.
Wendy Hanamura, Vice President/Strategy & General Manager, oversees the network's on-air operations, post-production and pledge drives. Hanamura also serves as host of many pledge specials, and originated Mosaic Special Reports, Link TV's Middle Eastern news analysis program. Wearing several hats, Hanamura also executive produces series for Link TV, including the One Nation, Many Voices Online Film Contest, and she is part of the development team for the Global Pulse News Service. Hanamura has been an award-winning documentarian and television journalist for more than 23 years. Her programs have been seen internationally on PBS, CBS, the Discovery Channel, and NHK-TV in Japan. Her documentaries often focus on the personal story as it exemplifies larger issues in our society and collectively they have been awarded an Emmy, a Cine Golden Eagle and a Chris Award for Best Social Issues Documentary. Hanamura began her career at Time magazine; she has been a nightly news reporter for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, as well as a Tokyo-based television and radio correspondent for World Monitor on the Discovery Channel, an anchor for NHK, The Japanese Broadcasting Company, and a series producer for PBS station, KQED.
Kim Spencer, Senior Programming Executive, is an award-winning producer of over 50 documentaries and television specials. His 1983 documentary The First 50 Years, on the history of U.S.- Soviet relations, won a DuPont-Columbia Award. A pioneer in using satellite links to foster global dialogue, Kim produced a series of fifteen international “spacebridges” including The Moscow Link, a live TV exchange that changed USSR attitudes on nuclear war, the Five Continent Spacebridge, and Capitol to Capitol, a series of live debates on ABC between the U.S. Congress and the USSR Supreme Soviet (winning two Emmy Awards in 1989). Subsequently Kim became coordinating producer of ABC News’ Prime Time Live. In the 1990s he produced the innovative Vis à Vis documentary series on PBS: transcontinental video dialogues linking people from their homes and workplaces. He was a founder and executive director of Internews Network, an international non-profit organization that fosters independent media in 40 developing countries. Spencer is also executive producer of Link TV’s original productions, including Global Pulse, Bridge to Iran and Mosaic.
Lorraine Hess, Vice President/Programming, has been a key member of the programming and acquisitions department since the channel’s inception in 1999. Prior to working at Link TV, Lorraine worked for over 13 years in international production and documentary film. Her roles ranged from series and executive producer to field producer and post-production producer. Lorraine’s work, both in the television and production realms, and in her prior work as a teacher, has taken her all over the world. It has also solidified her passion for world cultures and people, as well as her compassion for the underdog and for people whose voices can reach a wider audience through television and film. Lorraine has a degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Sheffield in the UK.
Keith Chreston, Chief Financial Officer, has over 25 years experience as a senior financial executive and consultant with businesses and non-profit organizations. He is the General Manager of Chreston Consulting LLC, a financial consulting firm. His non-profit background includes prior service as the Chief Operating Officer of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco, California, as well as interim COO and CFO of the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, California. Keith was formerly a senior financial executive for several businesses, and a CPA and auditor with Ernst & Young. He holds an MBA degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.