Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer
Kathy Bissen is director of production for Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and is responsible for the creation and delivery of a wide range of services throughout the state. WPT's locally produced programming includes a wide range of projects from Wisconsin history documentaries to coverage of University of Wisconsin Badger sports and how-to programs such as Sewing with Nancy © and The Wisconsin Gardener.
Previously, Bissen was the executive producer of news and public affairs at WPT, overseeing all news and documentary production for the statewide network.
Since coming to WPT in 1989, Bissen has been the executive producer on diverse projects that include Here and Now and WeekEnd, weekly statewide news programs, Concerts on the Square© and the In Wisconsin series. Her work as an executive producer on WPT programs has garnered three regional Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and two prestigious USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite National Awards for Excellence in Political Journalism.
While at WPT, Bissen served as executive producer for a series of PBS State of the Union specials and Citizens '96, a national PBS civic journalism project focused on getting citizen voices and concerns into the public dialogue during the election year. Bissen co-founded and executive produced GET REAL!, a unique children's series, that was broadcast on commercial and public television throughout the Midwest. GET REAL! won three national Parents' Choice Awards, awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Central Educational Network and three regional Emmy Awards. Bissen also co-produced The 30-Second Candidate, a documentary on political advertising that received a national Emmy Award.
Before coming to WPT, Bissen was a news reporter and anchor at an NBC affiliate. During her career, she has reported extensively on science, health, legal, educational and environmental issues.