Arizona Public Media Presents 'Together We Heal'

A documentary special about healing that has occurred since the Jan. 8, 2011 tragedy will air Jan. 5 and Jan. 8 on PBS-HD 6. Arizona Public Media presents the special, which is narrated by NBC correspondent and UA alumna Savannah Guthrie.
Jan. 3, 2012

We reflect, we mend, we mourn. Jan. 8, 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting of 19 people at a Congress on Your Corner event in Tucson. 

On Jan. 5 at 8 p.m., and again on Jan. 8 at 6 p.m., Arizona Public Media will present a one-hour special documentary, "Together We Heal," a moving and thought-provoking program focusing on emotional healing, both individual and community-wide, over the past year.

For many, grieving and healing have become on-going and consequential parts of their lives. Narrated by national correspondent and University of Arizona alumna Savannah Guthrie, "Together We Heal" features 36 in-depth interviews with victims and their families, members of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' staff, and the doctors and nurses who treated them.

"Together We Heal" interviewees include John Green, Christina-Taylor Green's father; Ross Zimmerman, Gabe Zimmerman's father; Giffords' staff members Ron Barber, Pam Simon, former staff member C. J. Karamargin and others; good samaritans; staff members from The University of Arizona Medical Center Trauma Center, Intensive Care Unit and surgeons; and therapist Maggie Morton.

"Together We Heal" is about the healing that has taken place from the perspective of individuals immediately impacted by the events of Jan. 8, 2011.

The documentary is written, directed and produced by Arizona Public Media's Emmy® Award winner Tom Kleespie. Credits include producer/director/writer Kleespie; contributing producers Michael Chihak and Peter Michaels; director of photography Martín Rubio; and narrator Guthrie.
Kleespie is senior producer, special projects at Arizona Public Media. He's traveled the deserts of the world for 19 seasons for his work on "The Desert Speaks," airing on more than 300 PBS stations nationally and is the winner of multiple regional and national awards, including 24 Rocky Mountain Emmy® Awards.

Kleespie also produced "Unforgettable: The Korean War," "Phoenix Mars Mission: Ashes to Ice" and the follow-up program, "Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto to Ice," "Southwestern Gems: Our Desert National Parks" and the Tucson Remembers series that included "Tucson Remembers: The War Years," "Tucson Remembers: The Battle for Europe" and "Tucson Remembers: War in the Pacific" and "A Show of Courage."

Kleespie, a Tucson native, joined KUAT-TV 35 years ago as a member of the student production crew. Four years later, he became a full-time studio supervisor. He also did a four-year stint directing Arizona Illustrated, was a KUAT membership pledge producer, and worked for two years producing and directing for South Dakota Public Television.

Guthrie is a native of Tucson and graduated from Amphitheater High School. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the UA and was a student intern at Arizona Public Media. She received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Before joining Court TV (now truTV), Guthrie worked at NBC affiliates WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. as a reporter, KVOA-TV in Tucson, Arizona as a reporter/anchor, and at KMIZ-TV in Columbia, Mo. Guthrie was named White House correspondent for NBC News.

After substituting for both Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry on NBC's "Today," Guthrie became co-host of "Today" alongside Natalie Morales and Al Roker, as well as NBC News chief legal analyst. Guthrie was the commencement speaker for the UA's 2011 graduation ceremony.

Arizona Public Media is a member-supported non-profit media organization based at the UA and is the trusted source of information that promotes thoughtful conversation and community collaboration.

The organization offers six channels of television content, three channels of radio content, a robust lineup of online offerings, and community and educational outreach to residents in Southern Arizona and beyond.

Arizona Public Media produces award-winning original television, radio and online content from its digital studios on the campus of the UA and is provided as a community service and educational resource.

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