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John Twiggs produces television programs for KUFM-TV/Montana PBS. He started teaching in the Radio-Television Department in 1994, and has taught introductory television production courses and advanced non-linear editing and storytelling classes.
His television career started in high school when he pulled camera cables for a sideline truck at a football game. Later, it was revealed he got this glamorous position because his mother was the director of the broadcast. They have rarely worked together since.
Twiggs started professionally as a television sports reporter and anchor in New Mexico, Montana and Indiana, where he covered everything from local rodeos to the Indianapolis 500. He returned to Montana for graduate school and later started working full time for Montana PBS.
His main emphasis at Montana PBS is producing educational programs for children. The shows cover subjects such as history, social studies and science. His work received a wide range of honors, from the Parents Choice Foundation to the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards. Twiggs also assists on other productions, including historical documentaries, dance and music programs. He's a contributing producer on the "Backroads of Montana" series, one of the most popular programs on Montana PBS.
Twiggs earned his BS degree in broadcasting from Eastern New Mexico University. He received his master's in journalism from The University of Montana.