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Filmmaker and legendary broadcast journalist on Postcards April 15
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Joe Carlini

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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — On Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Pioneer PBS’s Postcardsprogram will interview Joe Carlini and his mother Jodi Ritacca Carlini about their experience with the news and film industries in Minnesota. The episode will be rebroadcast on Sunday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and on Monday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m.

The stories will also be available for online viewing through the station’s website:

Joe Carlini is a two-time Upper Midwest Emmy Award-winning director/writer from Minnesota. Joe has been nominated six times for an Upper Midwest Emmy, winning twice, once for his film "Second Chance U" and another time for his film "Everything is Wonderful." His work has been featured on Fox, NBC, CBS and WGN.  His first feature film, "My Senior Year" was released in March 2020 to rave reviews from audience members and has been screened around the country.

Joe’s Mother Jodi Ritacca Carlini is the current president and national trustee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Upper Midwest Chapter. She got her start in television in the 1970s as a journalist who became one of the first female news directors in the country, working out of North Platte, Nebraska. She was then hired by KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities and was a field producer on the medical beat for more than a decade at KSTP.

About Postcards   

The award-winning Postcards is produced by Dana Conroy with videography and editing by Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy. The program is made possible by contributions from the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Production sponsors for the program include Shalom Hill Farm, Explore Alexandria Tourism and the Lake Region Arts Council.

About Pioneer PBS

Established in 1966, Pioneer PBS is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit: