Mary Beth Kirchner is a veteran producer and national program developer. Kirchner started her own production company in 1993 after serving as National Programming Director at WETA, Washington, DC. Prior to that, she was Executive Producer at the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Telecommunications. Working for more than two decades in public radio, she has collaborated with National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, the BBC, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Asia Society, NHK (Japan) and ABC News “Nightline,” among many others. She is the recipient of more than 50 national awards — including a 2011 Peabody medal — for her documentaries, music series, radio dramas and feature stories.