Production Staff

Kim Keough, Director of ProductionKim Keough, Director of ProductionKim Keough, Director of Production – A talented producer and writer, Kim has covered television sports and news in Minneapolis and Boston – from the New England Patriots to gang violence and drug trafficking. After a 12-year career in public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Kim joined Rhode Island PBS in 2016. She produced the notable documentary, The Fix: Examining Rhode Island’s Opioid Epidemic, and produces our weekly flagship program, A Lively Experiment.

Jamie McGuire, Producer / Director – The newest addition to the Rhode Island PBS family, Jamie joined the production team in January 2019. Born in Providence, the Rhode Island College graduate honed his television and film experience in Los Angeles. Jamie’s passion for storytelling and preserving history brought him back to Rhode Island and a volunteer role as state commander of the RI Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. On the adjunct faculty of Salve Regina University in Newport, Jamie collaborated on Where They Slept, about the Slave Dwelling Project. The award-winning producer’s first project with Rhode Island PBS is another historical chronicle, The Newport Bridge: A Rhode Island Icon.

Cherie O’Rourke, Producer / DirectorCherie O’Rourke, Producer / DirectorCherie O’Rourke, Producer / Director – Cherie joined Rhode Island PBS in October 2018 from WLNE ABC 6. The lifelong Rhode Islander loves the creativity that directing can bring to projects, and she plies her craft directing doubleFEATURE, and In Another Opinion. Cherie also enjoys being on location out in the community, capturing stories and bringing them to the screen for Rhode Island PBS audiences. Cherie’s favorite quote: “Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”

Michael Riley, Producer / DirectorMichael Riley, Producer / DirectorMichael Riley, Producer / Director – Since arriving at Rhode Island PBS in 2001, Michael has served as a videographer, editor, and engineer, while also freelancing for corporate and broadcast clients. The Northern Arizona University graduate holds a BA in communications and business management, and worked as a news photographer at WMUR-TV in New Hampshire, then in broadcast equipment sales in Atlanta. In 2017, Michael became a staff producer and director, completing such projects as Rhode Island Women Warriors Coming Home: Finding What Works, and editing High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island. Michael currently directs White House Chronicle. 

Scott Saracen, Director / ProducerScott Saracen, Director / ProducerScott Saracen, Director / Producer – Scott has a passion for storytelling and brings that passion to every project. He studied video production at Rhode Island College and spent his early career at WJAR NBC-10. An award-winning writer and producer of Ghost & Vampire Legends of Rhode Island, Love to Paint with Mimi, and the Life on the Bay series of short form videos, Scott has shared his talent and creative genius with Rhode Island PBS audiences since 1998. Scott directs our flagship program, A Lively Experiment and is currently working on the three-part documentary series, Chasing Silver: The Story of Gorham.

Nicole Muri Searles, ProducerNicole Muri Searles, ProducerNicole Muri Searles, Producer – Before joining Rhode Island PBS in early 2016 as a producer and host, Nicole spent nearly two decades as a television anchor, reporter, and producer in the Rhode Island and Boston television markets. Nicole’s passion for sharing people’s stories then led to a communications and media relations career, helping non-profit organizations find their voice. At Rhode Island PBS, Nicole has produced the quarterly Rhode Island Classroom, and six of the Our Town documentaries produced since September 2016; the seventh is in production and premieres in September 2019.

John Smith, ProducerJohn Smith, ProducerJohn Smith, Producer – Hired in 2017, John earned a Master of Business Administration from Providence College to complement his BA in Social Science & Film. John has an affinity for project management, teaming, and process innovation. He produces High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island, launching its third season in the fall of 2019. John is also a valuable and talented part of the production team that develops Rhode Island PBS original series.

Maria Saracen, Promotions ProducerMaria Saracen, Promotions ProducerMaria Saracen, Promotions Producer – Twice nominated for a New England Emmy, Maria brings a creative flair and energy to all of her production projects. Born in Greece and raised in South Africa, Maria is in her element making sizzle reels like Home, Carry On, and I'm on Top of the World. She has also produced full-length projects throughout her 20-year career at Rhode Island PBS, including Summer Day, Winter Day, and Critical Condition: A Rhode Island Prognosis. Her most recent projects include Oh My Gourd! The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Story and the three-part documentary series, Chasing Silver: The Story of Gorham.

Lynn Young, Production Graphics / EditorLynn Young, Production Graphics / EditorLynn Young, Production Graphics / Editor – A native Rhode Islander, Lynn joined Rhode Island PBS in 2018 after more than 20 years in cable television and event production. Now producing program and special events promos, as well as creating graphics for various productions, Lynn loves taking a vision for a story and seeing it come to life.