Lindsey Whissel Fenton

Senior Producer

Lindsey Whissel Fenton is senior producer/director at WPSU. She has created a variety of award-winning projects for television, radio, and the web. An experienced storyteller who seeks to foster empathy through her work, she has delved into a range of sensitive topics including mental health and well-being, race relations, and veteran’s issues.

You Can’t Say That, which Fenton produced, was among eight U.S. programs selected to screen at the 2013 International Public Television Screening Conference (INPUT) conference in El Salvador; it was also honored with a Mid Atlantic Emmy Award. Some of her other broadcast credits include A Time to HealPennsylvania Folklore: Woven Togetherand World on Trial: The French Headscarf LawFenton also produced eight seasons of the public affairs series Conversations from Penn State

Fenton's on-air work has included hosting the WPSU call-in program Conversations LIVE.

In 2012, Fenton was one of four selected by District 7350 of Rotary International to serve as a team member for its Group Study Exchange to Ukraine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Digital Arts from Point Park University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Learning, Design, and Technology at Penn State.

Ways to Connect

The opioid epidemic has been described as the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania.

Jason Snyder has both professional and personal experience with the battle against addiction. He is currently the regional director of outpatient services in Eastern Pennsylvania for Pinnacle Treatment Centers. Snyder previously served in the Wolf administration, where he oversaw the Governor’s Centers of Excellence.

This interview is a part of the statewide Battling Opioids project.

Marisa Vicere is the founder of the Jana Marie Foundation.
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After losing her sister to suicide in 2011, Marisa Vicere founded the Jana Marie Foundation in her sister’s honor.

The State College-based non-profit aims to educate and empower young people in the Centre County region and to build awareness about mental well-being and suicide prevention.

Vicere talked with WPSU during National Suicide Prevention Month about the foundation and her sister. 

Jeff Daniels
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Emmy Award-winning actor Jeff Daniels is known for his roles in movies like "Terms of Endearment," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," and "Dumb and Dumber" and for TV shows like "The News Room," "Godless," and "The Looming Tower."

He’s starred in a number of theatrical productions, both on and off Broadway, and was nominated for Tony Awards for his roles in "Blackbird" and "God of Carnage." Daniels founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan.

He’s also a prolific songwriter and musician. 

Don Voigt is a retired a research associate for Penn State’s Ice and Climate Exploration group. During his career, he logged 18 seasons in Antarctica, seven in Greenland and two in Alaska. We’ll talk with him about his research with the Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration, his experiences at the ends of the earth, and his advice for aspiring scientists.  

Karen Washington is a community activist and the co-owner of Rise & Root Farm in Chester, New York. She’s been working to improve city living and promote urban farming since 1985.

WPSU's Lindsey Whissel Fenton talked with her about the importance of access to fresh, quality food, about some of the challenges facing 21st century farmers, and about getting community projects off the ground.

Tommie Smith, Wyomia Tyus and Dr. Harry Edwards.
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At the 1968 Olympics, gold medalist Tommie Smith took the podium and raised his fist in what became one of the most iconic sports moments of all time. Wyomie Tyus dedicated her '68 gold medal to Smith. Sociologist Harry Edwards helped organize the protests. WPSU's Lindsey Whissel Fenton talked with Smith, Tyus, and Dr. Edwards about the lasting impact of the 1968 Olympic games.

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Wade Davis is a former professional football player turned writer, public speaker, and educator. Davis, who publicly came out as gay in 2012, is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant.

He also works with other professional sports leagues and Fortune 500 companies to build more inclusive corporate cultures and address issues related to sexism, racism, and homophobia. As part of his work, he urges viewers to reconsider their definitions of "masculinity." 

Ky Dickens filming "Zero Weeks."
Ky Dickens

Ky Dickens’ 2017 documentary “Zero Weeks” explores the paid leave crisis in the U.S. Dickens debuted the film at the “White House Summit on the United States of Women” hosted by Oprah and Michelle Obama. She spoke with WPSU’s Lindsey Whissel Fenton about the film, which screened recently in State College.

Tina Williams Brewer with a collection of her story quilts.
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Tina Williams Brewer is a Pittsburgh-based fiber artist who specializes in making story quilts. Her work has been displayed in more than 50 major venues in the U.S. and at international venues such as the U.S. Embassy in Ghana. Known for her artistic exploration of African-American history, her quilts often focus on family, women and children, and spirituality. Brewer is one of four artists profiled in the WPSU-TV program “Pennsylvania Folklore: Woven Together,” which airs on WPSU on Thursday, Dec.