Mary Beth Kirchner

Mary Beth Kirchner is an independent radio producer and national programming consultant.

She has been producing documentaries, music series, and cultural programming for more than 20 years. Kirchner started her own production company in 1993 after having served as National Programming Director for radio at WETA, Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she was executive producer for radio at the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Telecommunications. She is based in Los Angeles.


Documentarian Mary Beth Kirchner lived in a Chicago convent to produce this intimate portrait of aging Catholic nuns.

This hour: a man transformed by illness, a house full of paintings left behind by an old friend, and a surprisingly complex story of old people in love.


Documenting somebody else's life is one of the hardest challenges producers face in their work. Over an extended period of time relationships intensify, stories often change drastically, and the line between personal and too personal blurs easily.