BYUtv Broadcast Schedule
Latter-day Profiles Season 38/ July-August / September-October 2020


Marianna Richardson / President, LDS Publishing & Media Association
Airs July 5th  / August 30th  2020

Marianna Richardson teaches business writing and management communication for undergraduate and graduate students at Brigham Young University. She enjoys encouraging business students to improve their writing and to gain a passion for publishing. She is the current chief editor for Marriott Student Review, a student business journal. She did post-doctoral work at Seattle Pacific University where she also served as the assistant-to-the-editor for a peer-reviewed journal, Counseling and Values. She has published three non-fiction books.

Steve Piersanti / Founder of Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Airs  July 12th  / September 6th  2020

Steven Piersanti is president and publisher of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., a leading independent publisher of books on current affairs, personal growth, and business and management. Berrett-Koehler pursues its mission of “Creating a World That Works for All” by publishing groundbreaking books that promote positive change at all levels – individual, organizational, and societal. Prior to founding Berrett-Koehler in 1992, Steve served as president of Jossey-Bass Publishers. He began his career at Jossey-Bass in 1977 as an advertising copywriter then served as marketing director, editor, editorial director, and executive vice president before becoming president in 1989. Steve graduated with Highest Honors from Brigham Young University, where he got his start in publishing by founding and editing a university student scholarly journal.

Lisa Mangum / Managing Editor at Shadow Mountain Publishing

Airs July 19th  / September 13th  2020

Lisa Mangum has worked in the publishing department of Deseret Book since 1997. She’s been the managing editor for Shadow Mountain since 2014 and has worked with New York Times bestselling authors such as Brandon Mull, Ally Condie, and Jason F. Wright. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects and children’s picture books. She’s also the author of four national bestselling young adult novels, as well as several short stories and novellas. She’s also edited four anthologies based on magical creatures.

Joseph Batzel / Voice-over Artist and Educator
Airs July 26th  / September 13th  2020

Joseph Batzel has an MA and BA degrees from BYU in Theater and Cinema from the department of Speech Communications. He has been an educator for 40 + years in the university, college, and public schools. Joseph is a state and national workshop presenter in film auditioning, stage acting, and voice-over acting. He also is a voice-over artist for audiobooks, film, commercials, and radio broadcasting. Joseph has a rich background as a professional actor, director, casting director, associate producer, and writer for stage and film. He resides in northern Utah with his wife Alice, a published playwright, journalist, and freelance writer.

 Jodi Reynosa / TV News Anchor & Talk Show Host
Airs August 2nd  / September 20th  2020

Jodi Reynosa is a KMTR-TV anchor who has worked at NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox, interviewing presidential hopefuls such as John Kerry, Ted Cruz, Rudy Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, and Dick Cheney, as well as notables such as Judge Jeanine Pirro, space shuttle commander Eileen Collins, and pop band ZZ Top. She’s hosted talk shows and launched the YouTube series Guided. She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and at First Take. She earned a bachelor’s in broadcasting, a master’s in education, and an executive MBA.

Webb Knudsen / CEO and Co-Founder of Playper
Airs August 9th  / September 27th  2020

Webb Knudsen has a background in entertainment, social media, and mobile. He’s the CEO and cofounder of Playper, which creates paper toys that kids build and bring to life through augmented reality. Previously, he was vice president of business development at Crisp; led sales teams for Aarki and Millennial Reach; and worked at Walden Media, at the literary and talent agency CAA, and at Lucasfilm. In these roles, he focused on driving profitability and optimizing market strategy for movies, brands, and apps. He earned a degree in sociology and speech communication at Pepperdine.

Garth Smith / Pianist and Composer
Airs August 16th  / October 4th  2020

Garth Smith was born in Brigham City, Utah, and currently resides with his wife and family in Bentonville, Arkansas. He graduated from BYU with a degree in design engineering technology, and he’s worked extensively in the Church’s youth and missionary programs. He’s released multiple CDs and performs widely on behalf of Bonneville Communications. His popular concerts use multimedia to create multisensory experiences that delight and inspire the soul.

Jorge Cocco Santángelo / Painter
Airs August 23  / October 11th  2020

Jorge Cocco Santangelo is an artist who works with painting, sculpture, lithograph, etching, and ceramics. Painting is his preferred medium. He also is skilled in washi zokey, art created with handmade paper. He paints in a new artistic style he calls “Sacrocubism,” which he says portrays sacred events with several features of the Post-Cubist movement.

He was born in Concepción del Uruguay in Entre Ríos, Argentina. As a boy, he would sleep with a pencil in his hand and by morning his blankets and sheets would be covered with pencil markings. He won his first art award at the age of nine. He has lived and worked in Spain and Mexico and maintains studios in Argentina and the United States. He has exhibited in one-man shows in the North and South America as well as Europe and Asia and has shown his work in fifty group shows worldwide.