Radio Production Team

Executive Director Rose High Bear

Rose High Bear (Deg Hit’an Dine or Alaskan Athabaskan), Executive Producer of the national public radio program series, Wisdom of the Elders, has developed the concepts for the project and its six features. She has raised funds for the current Native American cultural magazine radio series, recorded most of the archival audio material, and expanded Wisdom…

Arlie Neskahi

Arlie Neskahi

Wisdom of the Elders host Arlie Neskahi is an award winning composer, musician and recording artist. Neskahi is also widely known for storytelling and his knowledge of traditional Native American culture, music and spirituality. Neskahi is a teacher of traditional style musical traditions as well as multicultural educator and trainer at universities and colleges and…

Nico Wind

Nico Wind (Assiniboine/Ojibway) served on WISDOM’s Board of Directors (1996-2002), helped develop the radio program, Wisdom of the Elders, wrote and produced the theme song, Wisdom of the Elders and co-produced Tribal Rhythms. She traveled 28 years as an international musical performing artist with her own show band of up to 13 members. As a…

Judy Bluehorse Skelton

Educator and Herbalist Judy Bluehorse Skelton Educator and herbalist, Judy BlueHorse Skelton (Nez Perce/Cherokee), shares her knowledge of plants and their role in community healing at conferences, institutions and tribal gatherings.  For 15 years she was the Cultural Student Support Specialist with Portland Public Schools Indian Education program, creating curriculum and leading cultural activities focusing on the…

Milt and Jamie Lee

Milt Lee (Lakota), Director of Lee Productions, produced Oyate Ta Olowan, the 52 part documentary series on traditional Native American music which ws distributed by PRI, AIROS, Radio for Peace International funded by CPB and NEA. Recipient of five Golden Reel Awards from NFCB and 2 Silver awards from AMI for radio documentaries produced between…

Lawrence Johnson

Lawrence Johnson is highly respected by Native American tribes for his cultural sensitivity and knowledge, as well as his collaborative skills with Native American people. He also has demonstrated the high standard of his production skills and a gift for scripting. Johnson’s radio program Work Is Our Joy won the 1991 golden Reel for Local…

Brian Bull

Producer Brian Bull  (Nez Perce), is Assistant News Director of Wisconsin Public Radio. Bull has produced a variety of news stories for public radio programs such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition, National Native News, The World, and also did several commemorative pieces for AIROS on the first anniversary of 9-11. Bull has completed freelance…

Bruce Crespin

We’re saddened to announce the passing of Bruce Crespin, a treasured member of the Wisdom of the Elders family. Bruce died of heart failure following an asthma attack in late July 2008. Bruce produced the Artist’s Circle feature for Wisdom of the Elders Radio and was a tireless worker on numerous Wisdom of the Elders…

William Ward

William Ward serves as Recording Engineer on location for Wisdom of the Elders. He has worked at Oregon Public Broadcasting for twelve years in various capacities, including Director, Assistant Director, Audio Engineer, Camera Operator and Key Grip. Ward’s honors include a regional Emmy for his contributions to sound and additional videography on Rose City Remembered,…

Judy Trejo

The late song-carrier and storyteller Judy Trejo, from the Summit Lake Paiute tribe of Nevada, has sung traditional songs since infancy. Trejo was a member of the Native American Church, and was a retired school teacher. She had a Master’s in Counseling, and has taught the Paiute language at the college level. She has published a book…

Clark Salisbury

Clark Salisbury

Salisbury is a well-known electronic instrument sound designer, having created sounds and sound sets for a number of clients, including EuPhonics, Crystal Semiconductor, Conexant, S3, and 3Com, as well as sounds for a number of electronic instrument manufacturers including Ensoniq, Emu Systems, Yamaha, Korg, and others. His technical articles have appeared in Electronic Musician and…

Barbara Roberts

Producer Barbara Roberts Barbara Roberts is the creative force behind Corporate Wordsmiths. She is the company’s founder and head-writer. After graduating from Harvard University, Barbara enjoyed a successful career in television for 15 years. Seven of those years were spent in Portland, Oregon as a reporter/anchor at KATU-Channel 2 and then KPTV-Oregon’s 12. In 1998,…

Anne Morin

Writer Anne Morin is responsible for researching and writing the popular Tribal Rhythms feature on Wisdom of the Elders. Educated in Virginia, Oregon and Montana, Morin’s life has been primarily focused in the field of learning. She has taught at Adams High School in Portland, Oregon, Portland State University and Hays/Lodge Pole High School at…