Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger ’86

When communication alum Joel Waldinger ’86 toured former Gestapo headquarters in Berlin, he learned of a Wisconsin woman who was executed for her role in the underground Nazi resistance.

An Emmy award-winning producer for Wisconsin Public Television, Waldinger brought her story to life with the documentary Wisconsin’s Nazi Resistance: The Mildred Fish-Harnack Story. The film was awarded the 2012 TV Award by the German-American jury of the RIAS Berlin Commission. All German and American television stations can participate in the transatlantic competition.

Waldinger’s film also captured first place awards from the Northwest Broadcast News Association and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.