I’m an Emmy-winning journalist and have worked in front of and behind the camera for many years in the entertainment and news broadcasting fields. I’ve spent a few years in radio in the Midwest as a morning drive-time host, spinning records, hosting talk shows, doing newscasts, and writing and producing commercials.
I’ve written and performed in radio comedies and dramas for Wisconsin Public Radio and acted in numerous stage productions. I moved to Los Angeles to work in film and TV while continuing to perform on stage. Some of my favorite stage roles include Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Pseudolus in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and I look forward to the day when I can perform in the stage version of “The Producers.”
During my years in L.A., I appeared in commercials, voiced animated cartoons and worked for CBS, Paramount, Universal, Disney and others. Beginning in 1997, I started using my background in film production to help inform people about Scientology’s harmful practices.
Scientology has not been happy about the exposure. They’ve attacked me on many fronts starting with a webpage set up to smear my name. The earliest version of the page (captured by Google) included apositive review of my acting. They have since removed that because they knew I enjoyed their praise.
In 1999, I created XENU TV which features streaming video about Scientology. In 2000 and 2001 I lived in Clearwater, Florida and worked with Bob Minton and Stacy Brooks at the Lisa McPherson Trust where I produced videos for LMT Media.
While working for the LMT, I traveled to Chicago to film an interview with two dentists who were trying to obtain a large refund from Scientology. To disrupt the interview, Scientology hired off duty police officers who arrested me for trespassing even though I was on a public sidewalk. More than a year later, I stood trial and was acquitted of all charges.
One week after this arrest, I was assisting a German film crew as they shot a documentary about Scientology in Clearwater, Florida. While videotaping, I was attacked by a man who struck my camera with a hammer. The man was ultimately arrested and sent to jail on unrelated charges which were uncovered during the investigation of the hammer attack.
The time I’ve spent covering Scientology has been, to say the least, interesting.
Knowledge Report is my first feature film and I am grateful for all the support and feedback I have been receiving while putting the film together.