Bruce Burkhardt - Producer
Bruce Burkhardt is an award-winning reporter and documentary producer who most recently wrote and produced the highly successful GPB original production, Augusta's Master Plan: From Sherman's March to Arnie's Army. Burkhardt spent 14 years as a CNN correspondent before embarking on a career as an independent film maker. Recognized for being a natural story-teller with a distinct "everyman" presence, Burkhardt has been honored with numerous awards including National Emmy, two CableAce Awards and the National Headliner Award He won a CableAce Award for a documentary titled "America's Cup" which he produced, wrote and hosted. The program which was shot almost entirely in Costa Rica explored the environmental and human costs of America's love affair with coffee.
Burkhardt also won a national Emmy award for his contributions to a documentary about the devastating Mississippi River floods of 1994. He was a contributer to CNNs longstanding documentary series, CNN Presents, most notably as the sole host and reporter of a program titled "Summer of Fire" about the 2002 forest fires that consumed much of the West.
Burkhardt was a correspondent and one of the hosts for the experimental newsmagazine, "American Edge" which turned out to be an ideal outlet for his ﬁnely observed pieces on American life and culture. In the inaugural program, he invited viewers to join him as an atomic tourist on a road trip to famous sites of nuclear history in the American Southwest. In 1998, Burkhardt was among the core team of correspondents for the news magazine programs, CNN Newsstand/Fortune and CNN Newsstand/Entertainment weekly.
Herb White - Creative Consultant
Herb served as a Senior Account Representative at Georgia Public Broadcasting from 1991 – 2009. In 1993 he and producer Tom Vardase brought high school sports programming to Georgia Public Television. Herb secured funding for the initial season of Prep Sports +, which went on to become the longest-running high school sports show in the country. The duo also worked with the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association to broadcast the GACA Boys and Girls High School All-Star Basketball games on GPTV in 1994 and 1995. The 1994 Girls All-Star Basketball game was the first girls high school event ever broadcast live in Georgia. In 1997 they negotiated the rights to the GHSA football semi-Finals and finals, which have been the most popular programming in the history of Georgia Public Broadcasting. GPB's high school sports programming has expanded to include the boys and girls basketball championships and the wrestling and cheerleading championships. Herb has raised over four million dollars in corporate funding for high school sports on GPB. He played basketball at Decatur high school, the University of Georgia and with the Atlanta Hawks. It was his experiences growing up in Decatur in the early 1960's that were the genesis for As IF We Were Ghosts. He and his wife Wanda have a home in Decatur.