Reception planned for retiring Prairie Public director of television

October 2, 2018, FARGO, N.D.—Prairie Public Broadcasting is hosting an open house reception for its retiring director of television, Bob Dambach, who created documentaries and series for the non-profit television and radio network for more than 33 years. The reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. on October 11 at Prairie Public’s downtown Fargo television studio. There will be a short program at 6 p.m.

Dambach has produced hundreds of hours of documentaries that have aired on Prairie Public, throughout the PBS system, NETA, CEN, the Minnesota Channel Network and the CBC. His work has been recognized with awards including multiple Emmys, Aurora and Telly awards.

For Prairie Public, Dambach has focused on programs that explore the history and culture of the region and its people, most notably Prairie Public’s ten-part “Germans from Russia” documentary series. Dambach’s work also includes the Emmy Award-winning “A Considered View,” which chronicles the work of North Dakota photographer Wayne Gudmundson and his Icelandic roots; and “Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo,” which explores the work of North Dakota’s renowned western artist.

Dambach’s other award-winning projects include a series of eight documentaries produced by Prairie Public with the Energy and Environmental Resource Center; the how-to series “Painting with Paulson,” which is currently in its 19th season and nationally distributed; and “Faces of the Oil Patch,” a look at families and towns affected by the North Dakota oil boom.

Dambach’s first full-length documentary for Prairie Public was “Pyramids on the Prairie,” which showcased the history of Winnipeg’s exchange district.

In his decades at Prairie Public, Dambach has appeared as on-air talent for Prairie Public membership drives and a host for many series, including “Prairie Mosaic.”

Dambach is a 40-year veteran of public broadcasting and public media. He began his career at Prairie Public in 1985 as the television program manager and as a producer of live and edited television programs. In 1992 he was named executive producer of all Prairie Public’s local, regional and national productions, and in 1996 he became responsible for Prairie Public’s production, programming and education departments as director of television.

Dambach graduated from the University of Dayton in 1973 with a BA in communication, and in 1975 from the University of Iowa with a MA in radio, television and film.


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