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David deVries
David deVries
Producer, Writer, Director

David deVries has produced, directed, written and often photographed television documentaries in thirty-one countries for American and international networks. His credits include the four-hour T.R.: An American Lion for The History Channel (winner of a 2003 CINE Special Jury Award for Best Historical Documentary); the Emmy-nominated Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids, also for The History Channel, and The True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai. His more recent work includes Fields of Freedom, a four-million-dollar, wide-screen film, which he wrote and directed for a new visitor center at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In 2008, David was again nominated for an Emmy, this time for writing the two-hour History Channel special Life Without People.



Thomas Skinner
Thomas Skinner
Executive Producer

Tom Skinner is executive producer of all Free To Choose Media productions.

Tom is an award-winning television and film executive producer, most notably of the National Geographic specials and Planet Earth. He is an experienced innovator and administrator with a solid academic background, and extensive national and international production credentials in public and commercial television.

From 1970 through 1993, Tom Skinner served as vice-president, executive vice-president, and chief operating officer of QED Communications, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1993, he left to pursue opportunities in independent production for A&E, Discovery and Turner Broadcasting. From 1994 through 1999, he was vice president for programming at Resolution Productions.

Prior to his tenure at QED Communications, Tom was assistant manager at WITF-TV in Hershey, Pennsylvania and associate professor of Radio and Television and executive producer at San Diego State University. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including: four national Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, and a Columbia/DuPont Award; and was director of the Academy Award-winning film Journey Into Self.

Tom holds a BA degree in Speech and Education from the State University of New York, Fredonia; an MA in Communications from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Communications and Theatre from the University of Michigan.

Tom is married to Marlis Mann of Leland, Michigan; he has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.



Bob Chitester
Bob Chitester
Executive Producer

Bob Chitester is founder and president of Free To Choose Network and its production and educational initiatives Free To Choose Media and izzit.org.  With more than 40 years of experience creating programs and series for public television and as former president of the Erie public television station WQLN, Bob Chitester continues to be creatively involved in the creation of programs and series for Free To Choose Media and izzit.org.

In partnership with his colleague Tom Skinner (senior executive producer at Free To Choose Media) Bob has served as executive producer for The Power of Choice: the Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman (on PBS), The Ultimate Resource (American Public Television), The Power of the Poor (PBS), Globalization at the Crossroads with Hernando de Soto, and Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years, a three-part documentary series for PBS, Free or Equal, Testing Milton Friedman, Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives, Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring, Walter Williams: Suffer No Fools, Power to the People and India Awakes.

In 1980 Bob Chitester brought Milton Friedman to public television and was responsible as executive producer for Friedman’s landmark PBS series Free To Choose and the best-selling book that emanated from the series. 

Bob Chitester holds BA and MA degrees from The University of Michigan and has received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Allegheny College.

On the personal level, he pursues physical fitness (running, biking, weight training), indulges in wood and clay sculpture, reads poetry publicly, hunts once a year with his son and grandsons and enjoys sing along with his family, when he is not flying about in airplanes as part of his responsibilities at Free To Choose Network.  Bob and his wife, Carol, have 4 children and 8 grandchildren, one of whom they raised from age 3 months.

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