Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Susan Bernheim Winston

class of 1969
inducted in 2002

Susan Bernheim Winston

Emmy Award winning television producer

After graduating from Cheltenham, Class of 1969, Susan Bernheim Winston attended both Northwestern University in Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania from which she received a B.A. in English Literature.

She began her television career in
Philadelphia at WCAU-TV, followed by a move to KYW-TV producing the nationally syndicated "Mike Douglas Show." She then moved to New York City where she became producer of ABC's top-rated "Good Morning America." One year later, in 1981, she became the show's Executive Producer, a position she held for three years. During that time she was nominated twice for Emmy Awards.

In 1984, Mrs. Winston had the opportunity to serve as a Senior Producer for ABC's coverage of the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. For this assignment she received an Emmy Award. After the Olympics she continued to produce shows for ABC's news department. She left ABC to become an Executive Producer at CBS and then made the move to
Los Angeles to work for Lorimar Productions.

Ms. Winston has been a producer for numerous television productions including: "Where Are They Now?" (CBS Specials 1995-1997), "E! On O.J." (E Channel, 1995), a series of interactive prime time tests including "The National Driving Test", American Red Cross Emergency Test", and Guser's guide to Planet Earth", an environmental test that won the first ever Environmental Media Award, (ABC 1998). Winston also helped develop, for Whittle Communications, the youth-oriented news program "Channel One" now viewed daily in over 11,000 schools across the country.

With her partner Dan Funk, Winston runs a full service boutique television production company called Blanki and Bodi Productions. They are producers, writers and directors for such varied programs as "The Academy Awards" to a "VH 1 Christmas Music Special". She works primarily in the non-fiction genre but has credits in other areas of TV as well. Blanki and Bodi Productions has produced for all the major networks and cable companies. Currently they have a daily national talk show titled "The Other Half" starring Dick Clark, Danny Bonaduce, Mario Lopez, and Dorian Gregory. She has also completed two pilots for FOX television titled "Crime and Justice TV". In her own words she leads "an eclectic and hectic professional life that defies any sense of organized bio."

Ms. Winston has been married for twenty-eight years to Jim Winston, a marketing executive. They have three children: James, Dani and Nikki. Together they enjoy just about any sport you could name but mostly enjoy being together.