FounderAs a journalist reporting on social justice issues for over 30 years, Grace Kahng has reported and produced for PBS McNeill-Lehrer NewsHour, ABC News, CBS News 60 Minutes, Harpo Productions, NBC News Dateline and TODAY Show. Kahng has been awarded journalism’s highest honors, including numerous National Emmy Awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Reporting, the George Foster Peabody Award, Sidney Hlllman Award for Social Justice and the Amnesty International Journalism Award, among others. She has dedicated her career to investigating human rights abuses domestically and abroad. Career highlights include exposing U.S government malfeasance in the rape and torture of an American nun in Guatemala, the illegal dumping of military toxic waste by the Pentagon and the ’92 groundbreaking reporting on the largest case of priest pedophilia and cover up by the Catholic church. In 2005, Santoki Productions began it’s human trafficking series Sex Slaves in America, with a mission to expose the burgeoning industry based on the enslavement of women and children in the U.S.
DirectorBill Ward has 25 years of experience in film and video production. Since graduating from Northwestern University in 1987, he has photographed and edited hundreds of projects including music videos, short comedy films and documentaries for broadcast television. In the mid-90's, he directed, shot and edited music videos for labels such as Atlantic, Sony, Capitol and Warner Brothers. His work frequently aired on MTV's Headbangers Ball, Alternative Nation and, most importantly, Beavis and Butthead. Ward completed seven seasons as a primary editor and secondary photographer for the Emmy-nominated Cold Case Files series on A&E. And in February 2008, Conviction, a short documentary film that Ward co-directed, won Best Short Film at the Big Sky Film Festival. Currently based out of Chicago, Ward lives with his wife Amy, daughter Meghan and Molly, the family dog.
Chief Technology OfficerDan Dubno is a multiple Emmy-award winning TV producer, broadcaster, technologist, presenter, inventor, and “connector”. He is founder of Blowing Things Up (BTU) LLC., an international consultancy that brings innovative technology companies together to reach new markets and applications. While at CBS, Dubno routinely appeared on-camera as “Digital Dan” and humorously introduced America to critical new technologies. He continues to write technology columns and reviews as Contributing Editor for Popular Mechanics. His success "Bringing the Smart and Useless Together" led him to found and curate the prestigious and wildly entertaining annual Gadgetoff, an invitation-only technology celebration in New York City. Dubno is a popular speaker at technology, business, and policy conferences around the world. For the past four years, Dubno curated the famed I/O AfterHours “technology playground” for 6,000 key attendees of Google’s largest conference, in addition to producing large corporate and non-profit science and technology events. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee.
Senior EditorBob Calo began his television career at KQED in San Francisco, where he produced news and documentaries over a 10 year period. He spent another 10 years in New York, first producing for ABC News Primetime Live, and then for NBC's Dateline. He has produced stories throughout the US and a dozen foreign countries, including Pakistan, Croatia, Kenya and Somalia. His work has been honored with Emmy, IRE and National Headliner Awards, among others. Calo joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley in 2001, and currently serves as National Coordinator of News21, a collaborative experiment of 12 graduate journalism schools seeking to produce innovative web-based reporting.
VP Marketing & StrategyJerry has dedicated over 22 years specializing in business development, marketing and strategic alliances within various media arenas. He has successfully held positions as Publisher with the Meredith Corporation - California Tourism Publication, Northwest District Manager at Media Network Inc., a division of TIME, Inc. and most recently as Group Publisher with Morris Visitors Publications's WHERE, San Francisco. Jerry has proven his innovative success in re-launching troubled markets and developing premium marketing and advertising plans, driving multi-million dollar sales growth.
Jerry's love of travel and marketing was forged early through his education, beginning with his degree in hotel administration at the University of Wisconsin and the American College of London where he studied international marketing. Ferguson holds a B.S. in Comm & Advertising at Univ. of Nevada and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology which officially makes him the resident therapist at Santoki. His most important job is his new role as a parent to son, Ryan.
Production ManagerAddison began his television production career after graduating from the University of Arizona in 2010 with a degree in Film/TV Production. Immediately after completing an internship with KPIX’s “Eye on the Bay” production staff, Addison joined the team at Santoki Productions. Since then, he’s helped manage several projects for the “Sex Slaves in America” series. Additionally, Addison has spent much of his spare time developing short and full-length action sports videos for DVD and Internet distribution, long before the days of YouTube and Vimeo.
CFOBob Kahng brings a Corporate Finance background from IBM and Walgreens to Santoki Productions. When Bob isn't crunching numbers, he enjoys the outdoors and volunteering. Thanks to his Minnesota upbringing, Bob enjoys all types of water and snow sports and Minnesota sports teams. Bob graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Economics and received his MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Researcher/ReporterHyoJin Park is a journalism student, born in Korea and raised in Singapore, who came to Chicago in 2012 to pursue documentary filmmaking. She is currently attending Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. HyoJin joined Santoki Productions in 2015, assisting with editing, producing and researching for Santoki's projects. When she's not at school or work, HyoJin loves to travel with her camera.
Researcher/ReporterJenny Starrs is a graduate of Northwestern University, studying broadcast production and political science with strong interests in social justice and women's issues. As a new member of Santoki Productions, Jenny helps research, produce, shoot and edit the ongoing "Sex Slaves in America," series, as well as pursue new story leads. When not holed up in an editing booth or running off to a shoot, she loves cooking, yoga and bike rides.
WriterDavid Prichard is a Mississippi-born writer who now makes his home in migratory circulation between San Francisco, Colorado, and Vermont. He studied Creative Writing at The New School, and is now an MFA student of poetry at the Bennington Writers Seminars. He’s an avid meditation practitioner, and can often be found at Shambhala Meditation Centers – when unreachable by phone. He has been with Santoki in many capacities since 2009, and is always ‘on-call’ for the problem solving of projects great and small.
Editor/Production CoordinatorElliott Kennerson is originally from San Diego and trained as a natural history filmmaker at Montana State University before joining Santoki in San Francisco. His independent films - about owls, seals, buffalo, noxious weeds - have played at numerous festivals, the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art and on PBS stations in Montana and California. He has a degree in archaeology from Yale. When not in production, Elliott can be found cooking, camping, trolling the aisles of used bookstores, meditating or picking up and dropping heavy objects at Crossfit.
Producer/Shooter/EditorMark is a producer, shooter and editor based in the Bay Area. He received a master's degree from UC-Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism in 2012 with a focus in broadcast television and documentary filmmaking. Mark grew up in Chicago, completed his undergraduate degree at UW-Madison in 2006 and then lived and worked in Southeast Asia (Thailand and Cambodia) for six years before moving to the Bay Area. Mark is the French-speaking member of the team that is particularly helpful on sting operations involving native French-speaking John's who try to feign a lack of knowledge about American laws and language.
Producer/EditorJacob Simas has over 12 years of experience working in online, broadcast, and print journalism. His began as a radio producer and a host at Pacifica Radio flagship station KPFA, before attending the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he studied documentary film. More recently, Simas spent five years as a Senior Editor and as Director of Youth Media at New America Media, a national association of ethnic and community news outlets where Simas continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He is a former California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow and Renaissance Journalism Fellow. His journalism work has explored an array of social justice topics ranging from the criminal justice system, to immigration reform, labor and poverty issues. Prior to pursuing a career in journalism, Simas spent seven years in the field of youth development, running programs for Latino youth and families in San Francisco's Mission District. He currently lives in Oakland with his wife and two small children.
Researcher/ReporterMichelle Laszlo is a graduate of Northwestern University, studying broadcast journalism and marketing. She joined the Santoki Productions team in the summer of 2013. Since then, Michelle has helped produce several episodes of "Sex Slaves in America," and has traveled with the production crew to shoot on-site. When she is not spending countless hours in the library, she loves taking long runs along Lake Michigan.
Production AssistantSantoki Productions unexpectedly lost their friend, colleague and resident zen master, Craig Goris, to Ewings Sarcoma on May 1, 2008. Craig was that rare creature for whom production was effortless and joyful. His sunny spirit and booming laugh will live in our hearts always. He is survived by his loving parents Donna and Greg, and his sister Jean.