Matt Simpson was a videographer and editor for this project. He will be a senior at Michigan State University next year and is majoring in media and information. His objective is to focus on documentary film making and to document civil and social injustices around the world. Matt also loves doing photography and traveling to new places.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Eric Freedman is Knight Chair, director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and director of Capital News Service at MSU. He teaches courses in public affairs and environmental reporting, media law, international journalism and feature-writing.
A graduate of Cornell University (BA in government), MSU (MS in resource development) and New York University (JD), he has been a Fulbright Scholar lecturing in journalism at World Languages University in Uzbekistan and Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. At MSU, he has served as associate dean of International Studies & Programs and led study abroad programs in Australia and the British Islands. His research interests include how journalists report on environmental and other public affairs issues, international journalism education and professional standards, press systems in the former Soviet Union and obstacles to international press freedom.
Before joining the MSU faculty full-time in 1996, he worked as a newspaper reporter in New York and Michigan for almost 20 years. He writes regularly for GreatLakesEcho.com, Diverseeducation.com. Automotive News and Domemagazine.com. His recent books include Presidents and Black America: A Documentary History (Congressional Quarterly Press); After the Czars and Commissars: Journalism in Authoritarian Post-Soviet Central Asia (MSU Press); and One Community, One Week, Many Faiths: The Diversity of Worship and Belief (MSU).
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., is a tenured associate professor and director of journalism graduate studies in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. She's received seven best paper awards from international communication associations and more than a dozen awards for her documentary films that include two regional Emmys ®, a Radio Television Digital News Association Unity award, a Society of Professional Journalists award, a Telly, an award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and a Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival award.
Gabriela Saldivia is a recent graduate of Michigan State University where she earned a degree in journalism, spanish and documentary studies. She is a producer, videographer and editor for The Living History Project. Gabriela is passionate about telling important stories and helping foster understanding between people.
Andrea Raby is a journalism major from Grand Rapids, Michigan, specializing in design and documentary studies. For The Living History Project, Andrea filmed and edited five of the fifteen stories produced. This project has allowed her to better understand older generations and learn from the stories they tell. She has worked with Geri Zeldes since her freshman year, beginning by doing research on the film “U.S. v. Narciso, Perez and the Press.” Andrea spent much of her time at MSU working on documentary projects with Professor Zeldes and creating documentary films with the Media Sandbox Street Team. She also enjoys graphic design, dogs and breakfast foods.
Linda J. Keilman, DNP, GNP-BC
Linda J. Keilman has been a nationally certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) since 1989–always combining practice with teaching and research. She envisioned the Living History Project based on her love and knowledge of the oldest old. Linda was blessed to have had many older adults in her childhood, including great grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and grandparents. The opportunity to listen to their stories and get to know them in her lifetime cemented a passion for working with older adults and learning their individual stories. Currently Linda provides interprofessional quality care with MSU geriatricians at a long-term care facility in the Lansing area. Linda has been teaching in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University since 1992.
Linda is a frequently invited speaker to community, state and national meetings and conferences. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of aging with others so they might grow to appreciate the legacies of past generations. Linda is thrilled to be working with colleagues and students from the School of Journalism–it is a win/win collaboration!