The Needham Channel was opened in 1984, with the first broadcast of The Needham Channel News in 1987.  Our current staff features several television professionals who have been working in the field for decades.  They are listed below, along with their extension at the office and email.

Marc Mandel – Executive Director                                           (781) 449-6964 x.7  –  mmandel@needhamchannel.org 
You can call him the Wizard of TNC, because Marc is the one behind the scenes making everything work!  A former volunteer, Marc started working full-time here in 1995 as a Production Assistant, working his way up to News Director and finally the big boss when TNC became its own entity in 2002.  Growing up in Needham and graduating from NHS, Marc co-produced a documentary about the history of Needham for the town’s 300th anniversary. The program, “Big Little Town,” aired on PBS and you can still see it on our TNC airwaves, as well as here on needhamchannel.org!

Mike Levin – Programming Manager                                     (781) 449-6964 x.6 – mlevin@needhamchannel.org
Another local boy, Mike started volunteering at TNC while going to Pollard Middle School, mainly helping with sports productions until he graduated from NHS.  After college, he returned to Needham Channel Sports, broadcasting games, as well as anchoring and reporting on the “Needham Channel News.”  After a decade out of state working in Sports Broadcasting, Mike was excited to return to his roots in 2016, serving as Municipal Affairs Producer before stepping into his current Programming role.  You can see and hear Mike on NCN, NCS and other special programs.

Ashley Morin – Director of News and Public Affairs          (781) 449-6964 x.1 – ajulier@needhamchannel.org
Ashley is the woman behind the scenes that puts together our weekly live “Needham Channel News,” which has been on the air since 1987.

Chris Dugan – Sports Producer                                             (781) 449-6964 x.2 – cdugan@needhamchannel.org
A native of Peabody, Chris was the Sports Director at UConn’s UCTV, covering national championship runs by the Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. In addition to producing, broadcasting and editing NHS games for air on TNC, he also hosts “Rockets Report,” a program he created to go more in depth on NHS teams, players, coaches and events. He is also the producer and director of the annual Thanksgiving Football Broadcast, which is a joint production between TNC and Wellesley Media. Chris also heads up our growing TNC Sports Twitter account, where you can see scoring updates and short clips from games and interviews.

Natalie Guthrie – Education Producer                               (781) 455-0800 x2345 – natalie_guthrie@needham.k12.ma.us
Natalie started out as a Production Assistant many years ago here at TNC and worked her way up to News Director, before settling into her current role as Education Producer. Splitting time between Needham High School and The Needham Channel, Natalie teaches the TV Production Classes at NHS, produces Superintendent Gutekanst’s “Needham School Spotlight” show, all while producing and editing several specials every year, including the Distinguished Career Awards, the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, as well as a new documentary detailing the history of the METCO Program in Needham, of which she is a graduate.

Derick Risner – Special Projects Producer                        (781) 449-6964 x.4 – drisner@needhamchannel.org
Derick is a Needham native who started volunteering at TNC and his drive and enthusiasm eventually earned him a full-time job here! As Special Projects Producer, Derick has put together several documentaries we have aired the last few years, one documenting the William Baker Ridge Hill Estate (“Beautiful and Bizarre”), another about the infamous robbery of Needham Trust Company in 1934 (“The Millen-Faber Gang”), and his latest being the first ever exchange trip by Needham students to Daxing, China (“More Than a Field Trip”).

Kathleen Fitzgerald – Production Specialist                    (781) 449-6964 x.5 – kfitzgerald@needhamchannel.org
Kathleen hails from Franklin and graduated from Emerson College. She started as Production Assistant at TNC in September 2016 and moved up to Specialist due to her hard work on many TNC projects as well as her weekly contributions to the “Needham Channel News.” If you ask any of the NCN anchors, they’ll tell you that Kathleen is far and away the best teleprompter operator in the building! 

Elizabeth Kalaijian – Municipal Affairs Producer            (781) 449-6964 x.3 – lkalaijian@needhamchannel.org
A native of the South Shore, Elizabeth joined the TNC staff in March 2017. You can find her at various municipal meetings around town, from the Selectmen to the School Committee to Zoning Board and Town Meeting, as well as on the air for the “Needham Channel News,” where she reports and anchors.