The Public Information Officers
Ever since the first APTRA Academy in 2000, PIOs have
played a crucial role in the success of the boot camp
for aspiring broadcasters. From the very beginning,
LA County FIre's Captain Brian Jordan and Roland Sprewell
have headed mock news conferences giving the press boot
camp a "real feel."
Last year, the LAPD's Mary Grady and The Federal Drug
Enforcement Administration's Jose Martinez joined in
making those news conferences even more powerful. This
year Jordan, Sprewell and Martinez are all back and
joining them at the microphones will be some new faces.
Lt. Art Miller is the new head of LAPD Press Relations.
He'll be with us! Captain Mark Savage is the new PIO
for LA County Fire. He's joining the camp as well. Also
this year Captain Jim Wilkins from the San Bernardino
County Fire Department will make the trek to Cottontail
Ranch in Malibu.
We've had tremendous help from police, fire and the
DEA in the past. LA County FIre has brought out strike
teams and a water dropping helicopter to help add to
the realism of the program's mock stories. LAPD has
contributed a black and white and DEA ... some of it's
agents! APTRA would like to thank all of those who have
given of their time and energy to help those who want
to become tomorrow's news reporters and anchors!