NJTV Team

 

General Manager

John Servidio is the General Manager of NJTV, where he oversees the operation, staff, and programming for the New Jersey public television station. His hands-on management responsibilities include overseeing the NJTV’s weeknight news program, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, and the network’s live programming and specials, including the Governor’s annual State of the State and Budget addresses, state budget hearings, local political debates and election coverage. Servidio works directly with filmmakers and outside producers to negotiate and green-light new network content, and cultivates an array of media and content partnerships across the Garden State, including remote production facilities. In front of the camera, Servidio currently hosts the network’s student-film series, NJDOCS, and records interstitial and Pledge messages. Servidio also serves as Vice President of Subsidiary Stations for WNET, which includes oversight of the Long Island public television station WLIW21, for which he served as General Manager from 2009-2013.  Previously, Servidio was a consultant for WNET, parent company of award-winning public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21and operator of NJTV.  His relationship with public media began in 1995 when his company, Betelgeuse Productions, was hired to provide engineering and editorial services for WNET’s new online edit rooms. He resides in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and daughter.

Senior Managing Editor

Jamie Kraft is Senior Managing Editor of NJTV News and NJ Spotlight.  An award-winning television broadcast journalist and executive producer, Kraft’s experience includes producing, writing and reporting for major news outlets, including NBC, CNN and CBS. He most recently served as Senior Executive Producer/MSNBC Live, Dayside at NBC News, where he led a team that transformed daytime programming into a breaking news, reporter-driven news network achieving record ratings. Kraft won an Emmy ® award for Rachel Maddow’s “Flint Water Crisis” special and a Hillman Prize for “Torn Apart,” MSNBC’s coverage of the immigration crisis. Kraft’s previous experience includes serving as Executive Producer of Nightly News with Lester Holt, Weekend Edition, where he also produced breaking news, special reports and election coverage. He received an Emmy® Award for “America’s Addiction: Opioid Crisis” series. He also served as Senior Broadcast Producer at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams; Executive Producer at CNN’s American Morning program and Senior Producer at Anderson Cooper 360. He was an award-winning producer for several CBS News programs, including 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News and 48 Hours. Kraft received his B.A. from Syracuse University and is also an adjunct journalism professor at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. Kraft and his family reside in Bergen County where he has run the town’s recreation soccer program for the last fifteen years.

Director of New Jersey Partnerships

Stephen Priolo is NJTV’s Director of New Jersey Partnerships.  After a short lived stint as a stockbroker, Priolo began his 17-year career in public broadcasting with New Jersey Network (NJN) in 1997 to follow his dream of working in the world of television and entertainment.  He began as an Account Executive for Corporate Support which led to Manager, Director and eventually, President of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting, the revenue generating arm for NJN.  He, along with his talented colleagues, has produced hundreds of corporate branding and public awareness spots to help sponsors creatively and effectively communicate their brand position and good corporate citizenship to important stakeholders, decision-makers and consumers throughout New Jersey via airplay on NJTV’s unrivaled statewide TV network and digital platform. Priolo graduated from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and lives in Camden County, NJ.

Director of Communications

Deb Falk is Director of Communications for NJTV.  It’s her second purview into public television, having previously worked at WNET, overseeing national publicity campaigns for high-profile series like American Masters and Secrets of the Dead.  In-between, she served as Communications Direction for public-opinion polling firm Rasmussen Reports.  She launched her career as an account executive and copywriter at the NJ-based advertising and marketing firm, Zullo Associates, working primarily with national consumer goods brands such as Finlandia, Farmland Dairies and Mercedes-Benz. Falk received her B.A. from Rutgers University and lives in Monmouth County, NJ.

General Counsel

patnorthropheadshot-2016Patricia T. Northrop is General Counsel for NJTV.  She advises the NJTV News team on news-gathering and First Amendment issues, and provides guidance across NJTV on issues relating to production, licensing, underwriting, governance, and other matters.   She also supports the Board of Trustees and serves as Assistant Secretary to the corporation. Northrop joined the WNET family of companies in 2011 and was appointed General Counsel for NJTV in January 2016.  Previously, Northrop served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York Attorney General’s Office (Charities Bureau), worked in private practice at two New York City law firms, and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Northrop received her J.D. cum laude from Duke Law School and her B.A. cum laude from The College of William & Mary.  She is a member of the Media Law Resource Center’s News-gathering Committee and the Duke NY Women’s Forum Executive Committee, as well as  various nonprofit association committees.  She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School.  She lives in Morris County, NJ.