RESCHEDULED: UW-Platteville to host top TV documentary producer

April 18, 2018
Due to inclement weather, this lecture has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m., 38 Pioneer Tower.

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host documentary producer Michael Trinklein on Wednesday, April 18. He will be presenting the topic “Martin Luther: Civil Libertarian?”

After graduating from UW-Oshkosh in 1982 with a degree in Radio/TV/Film, Trinklein became a professor at the University of Idaho, teaching journalism and media production. In 2004, he left his teaching position to pursue writing and producing full time.

Trinklein’s documentaries include “The Gold Rush,” “The Oregon Trail,” and the PBS series “Pioneers of Television.” He was the writer and producer of the recent PBS documentary “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.” That documentary was narrated by Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey” fame.  Trinklein has also interviewed more than 100 Hollywood celebrities, including Betty White, Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld. He has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and is also a best-selling author.

“This is a unique opportunity for students and the public to get new insight into a topic that never gets old – civil liberties,” said Dr. Robert Snyder, UW-Platteville professor of media studies and organizer of this event. “The defining and defending of our civil liberties will always be a public issue.”

Trinklein’s presentation is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. in 38 Pioneer Tower in the old TV studio.

Written by: Olivia Joehl, Student Writer, Communications, 608-342-1194,


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