New State of Minds Premieres in February 2010

State of Minds returns with all new stories from around the UC system. Take a look at how UC Davis is helping California’s plant and flower growers compete in the global market. Then, a welcome back to the UC students of Japanese descent who were interned during World War II. Also, new technology at UC […]

State of Minds returns with all new stories from around the UC system. Take a look at how UC Davis is helping California’s plant and flower growers compete in the global market. Then, a welcome back to the UC students of Japanese descent who were interned during World War II. Also, new technology at UC Santa Cruz that uses visuals to search the web and from UC Berkeley, a cross-disciplinary approach to saving the California Delta. Finally, a tour of The Loft, the new performance lounge that’s bringing nightlife to the campus of UC San Diego. Stay tuned for more information and be sure to check out the State of Minds archives.

About Shannon Bradley

Shannon Bradley is responsible for creating, producing, and selecting the public affairs programs for UCSD-TV and for “Prime: Vote,” a series of segments on elections and political issues for UCTV Prime, a YouTube original channel that launched March, 2012.  She also produced “A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance,” a three-part, UCTV Prime series in collaboration with UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families.

The UCSD-TV series she is currently working on include: To Be Musical, The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, Exploring Ethics, Mexico Moving Forward, The Helen Edison Lecture Series, The Revelle Forum, Osher UCSD, Writer’s Symposium by the Sea with Dean Nelson at Point Loma Nazarene University, and a human rights lecture series with Diana Kutlow of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego.

Past projects include To Be Human, UCSD@50, The Body Politic, HemiScope, Encuentros, IDEaS, and State of Minds, a quarterly magazine program featuring stories from throughout the UC system that aired nationally on UCTV.

In addition, Shannon has produced several acclaimed documentaries on regional land use and urban planning, including Los Laureles Canyon: Research in Action, Building Consensus: Quarry Falls, The Making of Place: Solana Beach, San Diego Canyonlands, Designing for the Future and the six-part series, Path to Paradise. She also executive-produced The Devil’s Breath with Laura Castañeda.

Before joining UCSD in 1993, Shannon covered national politics in Washington for nine years, the last five for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS. She also wrote for the Washington City Paper, Roll Call, and WUSA, the CBS television affiliate. She has a B.A. in Communication and Sociology from UCSD and a Masters degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC.

Shannon also taught the News Media Workshop, an upper division journalism class for the Department of Communication at UCSD from 1993-1999 and has lectured to the Freshman Honors Seminar at Eleanor Roosevelt College.

Contact Shannon Bradley: sbradley@ucsd.edu

About Rich Wargo

Science Producer, Rich Wargo

A native San Diegan, Rich received his BA from UCSD and his master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His professional preparation is highlighted by extensive experience with production of film and television for features, documentaries and feature news for domestic and foreign broadcast media, including PBS Frontline, WDR Germany, 48 Hours and CBS Evening, NBC Nightly, and ABC World News. His works have been exhibited in major venues and media in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Venice, London, Sydney, Mexico, South America, China and across India.

His programming has brought national and international recognition to UCSD-TV with Emmy, Aurora, Telly and United States International Film and Video Festival awards. Working at UCSD-TV interpreting and communicating science to the public is his career’s reward.

SCIENCE PROGRAMMING AT UCSD-TV

Science programming at UCSD-TV provides access to and interprets the activities of a preeminent research university for general audiences. UCSD-TV provides the public a spectrum of opportunities, from documentary treatments of high-profile research ranging from structural engineering to high-altitude field research as well as productions like the comical and critically acclaimed look at nanoscience When Things Get Small and several treatments of major NASA space-science activities, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

But science programming at UCSD-TV goes beyond broadcast. Through partnerships with campus and community, UCSD-TV has created and manages several long-running program initiatives that provide educational outreach and resources through the novel use of extended media and the internet to enhance the University’s commitment to serving our community and providing the finest opportunities for its future.

Contact Rich Wargo: rwargo@ucsd.edu

About John Menier

John Menier specializes in visual and performing arts documentaries that focus on the creative process and its participants. Noteworthy productions include:

Trampling Out the Vintage, an historical/biographical documentary about John Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath.

San Diego Opera Spotlight and San Diego OperaTalk!, two long-running series co-produced with San Diego Opera.

Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera and John Adams: A Precise Process, both co-produced with La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest.

Necessary Theatre, a thirteen-part series of interviews with noted Chicano/Chicana theatre artists.

What Creativity Means, a five-part series which brings together middle school students and world music artists.

Orchestra Nova: Celebrations, a documentary exploring the creative evolution of San Diego’s premiere chamber music ensemble.

Two Emmy-winning collaborations with Malashock Dance, The Soul of Saturday Night and Love & Murder.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus: Philip Glass/Cello Concerto, also awarded a regional Emmy.

Additionally, John’s work has garnered numerous Telly and Aurora awards for excellence in broadcasting. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, has worked as a freelance media professional in Los Angeles and several Midwestern markets, and has taught college courses in film and video production.

Recent and Ongoing Productions

La Jolla Music Society

Orchestra Nova: Celebrations

San Diego Opera Artists’ Roundtable

San Diego Opera Spotlight

San Diego OperaTalk!


Contact John Menier: jmenier@ucsd.edu

Los Laureles Canyon: Learn More About the Producers

Host and Executive Producer, Shannon Bradley
Shannon Bradley is responsible for developing, producing, and selecting the Public Affairs programs for UCSD-TV.
Shannon has also produced several acclaimed documentaries on land use and urban planning, including Building Consensus: Quarry Falls (2009), The Making of Place: Solana Beach (2007), San Diego Canyonlands (2006), Designing for the Future (2003), and the […]

Host and Executive Producer, Shannon Bradley

Shannon Bradley is responsible for developing, producing, and selecting the Public Affairs programs for UCSD-TV.

Shannon has also produced several acclaimed documentaries on land use and urban planning, including Building Consensus: Quarry Falls (2009), The Making of Place: Solana Beach (2007), San Diego Canyonlands (2006), Designing for the Future (2003), and the six-part series, Path to Paradise (1998-2000).

Shannon is also the host and executive producer of State of Minds, a quarterly magazine program featuring stories from throughout the UC system for UCTV, the nationwide satellite channel for the University of California.

Before joining UCSD in 1993, Shannon covered national politics in Washington for nine years, the last five for PBS’ The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. She also wrote for the Washington City Paper; Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper; and WUSA, the CBS television affiliate. She has a B.A. in Communication and Sociology from UCSD and a Masters degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC. Shannon also taught the News Media Workshop, an upper division journalism class for the Department of Communication at UCSD from 1993-1999 and is now co-teaching the Eleanor Roosevelt College Freshman Honors Seminar with ERC Provost Alan Houston.


Producer and Host, Laura Castañeda

Laura Castañeda is the owner of Press Pass International and an Emmy Award-winning journalist and professional writer with more than 20 years experience in television, radio, and print media. Laura also chairs the Radio and Television Department at San Diego City College and has served as host, moderator, and consultant to various media projects. In 2006, Laura teamed up with Shannon Bradley at UCSD-TV to produce The Devil’s Breath, a documentary about border crossers who were trapped in San Diego’s back country during the October 2007 wildfires.

In 2004, Laura launched Stories de la Frontera, a bilingual, bicultural, human-interest magazine program that currently airs on PBS affiliates in several U.S. cities.

Prior to her solo career, Laura reported for Cox Channel 4’s San Diego Insider, KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego; and KGUN-TV, the ABC station in Tucson, Arizona. She began her television news career in 1987 as a production assistant at WLS-TV in Chicago, her hometown.

Laura is an alumnus of the University of Illinois-Urbana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Sociology.