About the Project

Torn image of the state of Wisconsin on a textured red background. Text reads Wisconsin in Black & White.The Wisconsin in Black & White special program was the recipient of a grant from the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, awarded to generate “new outreach and public engagement…to help solve problems or take advantage of opportunities.”

In the production of four episodes, PBS Wisconsin partnered with the Madison-based Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, focusing on its Justified Anger: Black History for a New Day curriculum. Nehemiah describes the purpose “is to understand how the African-American experience has shaped the world we all live in, and how allies can find roles supporting racial justice today.”

Wisconsin in Black & White incorporates the lessons of history from the Nehemiah coursework through interviews and stories of people in Wisconsin past and present.


Black and white portrait of a smiling man, Murv Seymour, in a checked suit and tie.

Murv Seymour
Murv Seymour is a special projects journalist with PBS Wisconsin. In partnership with the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, he launched Wisconsin in Black & White. Seymour joined PBS Wisconsin in 2021 and is a reporter for the Here & Now news program.

Black and white portrait of a smiling young man, Nathan Denzin, with long hair, wearing round glasses, a striped sweater, and necklaces.

Nathan Denzin
Nathan Denzin is a news reporter with PBS Wisconsin. He conducted reporting for Wisconsin in Black & White to present on Here & Now. Denzin joined PBS Wisconsin in 2022 and is a reporter for Here & Now.



Murv Seymour
Nathan Denzin


Lina Soblyté
Ethan Freel

Program Editor

Tom Micksch

Graphic Designer

Brandon Ribordy
Scott Stetson


Steve Doebel

Audio Engineer

Curt Sorensen

Remote Videographers

Ethan Freel
Lina Soblyté
Michael Frank
Brandon Sveum
Colin Crowley

Remote Production

Lynn Derolf
Al Barcheski
Brandon Ribordy
Will Salzman
Tommy Bruno
Kurt Kaspar
Cynthia Struye

Closed Captioning

Vicki Way Kipp
Catie Pfeifer

Remote Production

Lynn Derolf
Al Barcheski

Production Consultant

Marisa Wojcik

Project Partner

Nehemiah Center For
Urban Leadership Development

Project Advisors

Angela Russell
David A. Hart

Archival Photos

Wisconsin Historical Society
College Of Charleston Libraries

Executive Producer

Frederica Freyberg

Digital Support

John Dachik
Tom Micksch

Sound Design, Re-Recording Mixer

Rob Haggar, Haggar Audio


Vicki Way Kipp
Catie Pfeifer


Chester Lee
Erika Kachama-Nkoy
Kristian Knutsen
Sigrid Peterson
Tim Schneider

Marketing and Promotion

Erik Ernst
Tara Lovdahl

Video Promotion

Heather Reese

Director of Programming

Garry Denny

Director of Production

Christine Sloan-Miller

Funding for Wisconsin in Black & White is provided by the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, DeAtley Family Foundation, Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner, Lau and Bea Christensen, The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times, Madison College, National Guardian Life Insurance Company, UnityPoint Health – Meriter, the Focus Fund for Journalism, and Friends of PBS Wisconsin.