Chris Nelson is the President and Managing Director for the Flame Tree Network which consists of KSPN2 and The Visitors Channel 3.
Chris was born in Oakland, California and attended the University of Florida on a baseball scholarship. At Florida, he was named Collegiate Baseball's NCAA player of the week. Chris has a degree in Psychology, and a minor in Business Administration. Chris started his broadcasting career as the host of a local radio show, and subsequently two television shows SportsRock and Eye on the CNMI. He became News Director in 2002.
Chris has covered regional stories in Japan, Bali, The Northern Islands, Palau, and Australia. He also produced "The 60th anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian"
Chris also owns "Marianas Trekking" an adventure company that has been featured in Action Asia, The International Herald Tribune, and the New York Times. The company operates hiking, kayaking, and mountain bike tours in the Marianas.
Chris enjoys traveling and playing baseball in his free time.
Bob is the News Director and Sports Director for the Flame Tree Network.
Bob enjoyed a sports-filled life growing up in Lakeland, Florida. His first public broadcast came on a rock'n'roll radio show Sunday evenings representing his high school.
Upon graduating from the University of Florida in 1973, he ventured to Micronesia and Truk (now Chuuk) to help launch special education. In the evenings he had a rock show on the only radio station in the islands.
After four years in the Eastern Caroline Islands, the righthander moved to the Northern Mariana Islands where he played and coached baseball and basketball first on Rota then Saipan. Shortly after arriving upon the ballpark scene, Bob became such a popular announcer with enthusiasm, wit, and knowledge that he was soon asked to be a sportscaster. He said, "Let's play ball" and everyone has been having a ball since December 1993.
Matt is the Washington Correspondent for KSPN2. He has been covering the nation's capital since the early Nineties. His reporting has touched on all facets of the NMI-US relationship, from efforts to win a delegate for the Commonwealth to the long-running controversy over NMI labor and immigration practices, affecting the local garment industry. He's interviewed numerous lawmakers and administration officials, visiting NMI officials and leaders, and covered the Resident Representative's office. Matt has informed the people of the Commonwealth through three different NMI administrations.
Lannie comes to the Mariana Islands from Atlanta where she reported from the gold dome of Georgia's capitol building. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota she possesses a true passion for writing and reporting and believes everyone has a great story to tell, you just have to ask the right question. She joined KSPN in September of 2007 and covers the CNMI Legislature while providing important analysis on the legislative process. She has reported from the Northern Islands of Alamagan and Pagan aboard a US Coast Guard Cutter as well as from Saipan's neighboring island of Rota. She counts completing the Los Angeles Marathon as one of her greatest accomplishments and enjoys traveling and reading in her spare time. Contact Lannie Walker Via Email
Adeana Shendal is the Director Of Business Development.
Adeans has more than 10 years of public relations, marketing, and journalism experience in the travel and hospitality industry. Originally from Los Angeles, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in communications and journalism. Adeana assists advertisers with the creative process and produces lifestyle pieces for Island Journal she also helps develop content for both the Local Channel 2 and the Visitors Channel 3. Previously, Adeana was the Director of Public Relations for Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, and she served as Senior Public Relations Manager for Wynn Las Vegas. Adeana likes to run with her dogs and bike in her spare time.
Most recently Janet worked as the Washington, D.C. correspondent for KTVQ, the CBS affiliate in Billings, Montana.
She received her Masters in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her B.A. in mass communications and journalism from Miami University, in Ohio.
She believes in the power of journalism and sees every experience as a cultural adventure. During her free time, she loves to travel, play tennis and discover charming coffee houses. Contact Janet Ahn Via Email