About Jonna Mayberry

I’m a publicist at Wisconsin Public Television. In my free time, you’ll find me thrift shopping, reading the latest memoir or history book, and watching Independent Lens. I run on coffee and puns. Follow me @JonnaMayberry or email me at jonnatha.mayberry@wpt.org.


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A New Kind of TV Dinner

There’s a lot to enjoy about October: fall is officially here, new episodes of Wisconsin Life are airing every Thursday, and a brand-new season of Around the Farm Table kicks off this Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Cooler temperatures always inspire me to cook a hearty meal and spend an evening with some of my favorite shows, and I’m guessing I’m not alone. Why not explore some fall recipes inspired by some of WPT’s original series? Continue reading A New Kind of TV Dinner

Meet the Quilt Expo Quilters

Quilt Expo 2016 has concluded, but the inspiration will stick with us all year long!  

We were thrilled to meet so many of the Quilt Contest exhibitors in person at Quilt Expo and have the opportunity to view the incredible details of hundreds of quilts in the Quilt Exhibit. From hand-quilted future heirlooms to machine-quilted pictorial masterpieces, the creativity behind these works astounded everyone who attended.  

Explore Quilt Expo 2016 online Continue reading Meet the Quilt Expo Quilters

Preview “Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin,” Coming to WPT This November

Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin, a brand-new WPT  program hosted by Sewing With Nancy‘s Nancy Zieman, premieres 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 on WPT. In this exclusive preview of the program, quilter and author Natalie Sewell discusses how she first fell in love with quilting and how her art has evolved.

Treasured Quilt of Wisconsin contains interviews, stories and quilts from some of Wisconsin’s top quilters. Nearly 30 quilters and quilts from around the state will be featured, including work by: Diane Gaudynski, Betty Suiter,  Bruce Seeds, and Wendy Butler Burns.

DVDs of the program will be available at the time of broadcast. Don’t miss the broadcast premiere on Tuesday, Nov. 29!

Behind the Scenes: Quilt Expo 2016

Quilt Expo 2016 is just around the corner, Sept. 8-10 at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. In advance of the three-day expo, Wisconsin Public Television spent the day with Nancy Zieman to find out what goes into making Quilt Expo the ultimate quilting adventure. From storing contest quilts to prepping samples to making media appearances, preparing for Quilt Expo is a year-round production.

Escape, Create and Celebrate at Quilt Expo. Purchase discounted advance tickets at QuiltExpo.com through Sept. 5. Admission tickets and registration for remaining class openings will be available on-site during Quilt Expo.

A New Season of “Sewing With Nancy”

September is an exciting time at Wisconsin Public Television! A new season of Sewing With Nancy premieres 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 on WPT, and the three-day Quilt Expo, co-presented by WPT and Nancy Zieman, takes place Sept. 8-10.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait until September to enjoy Sewing With Nancy or start planning your Quilt Expo adventure. The first episodes from the 34th season of Sewing With Nancy are now available on wpt.org. Click here to watch Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Favorite Scarves to Sew and more (just in time to get cozy for fall).

Planning ahead for Quilt Expo is almost as much fun as attending … almost. On her blog, Nancy talks about what she’s most looking forward to at this year’s expo — from must-see lectures to shopping for the latest notions to the Kids Quilt Challenge and everything in between. As Nancy says “It’s a big deal!”

There’s another benefit of planning for Quilt Expo in advance: Discounted prices are available for Quilt Expo advance tickets and class registration purchased through Sept. 5.

Watch the premiere episode of Sewing With Nancy below, and mark your calendars to join Nancy at the 2016 Quilt Expo.

Meet Nancy Zieman & Learn New Techniques at Quilt Expo

Registration for Quilt Expo 2016 is officially open! Every year, guests flock to Quilt Expo to Escape, Create and Celebrate. The three-day event, presented by Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman, invites all quilt lovers to learn, laugh and draw inspiration from each other.

Quilt Expo | Sept. 8-10, 2016
Alliant Energy Center in Madison
Register early and save:
Register here.

Nancy Zieman, beloved host of WPT’s own Sewing With Nancy, which has been on the air since 1982, will appear at the Wisconsin Public Television booth to meet with all Quilt Expo attendees!

Don’t miss Quilt Expo’s 10-category quilt contest exhibit, showcasing the incredible talents of quilters from across the country. In addition, attendees can view this year’s brand-new Black & White Plus One Challenge, which spotlights unique ways of creating fabric masterpieces using only three colors.

Nearly 200 vendors at the extensive vendor mall will offer the latest machines, kits, fabrics, threads, notions and more. Additional highlights include a raffle for fantastic quilt-related prizes, as well as a community service project — Quilt to Give, led by Nancy Zieman — which invites attendees to donate their materials and skills to create bed-size quilts for those in need.

Visit quiltexpo.com for full details and to register for lectures, workshops and evening events! We hope to see you this fall.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Auction

Wisconsin Public Television’s 2016 Auction is in full swing! The event is full of excitement,  and the hustle-and-bustle of the Auction set is infectious. Get an exclusive glimpse at the energy below, then tune in on-air or online today through Sunday (statewide!) to get in on the fun and snag some amazing deals.

Auction is WPT’s largest fundraising event, and all the proceeds support WPT programs and outreach initiatives. Use #WPTAuction to show how you’re participating!

Upcoming Auction Broadcasts
7 p.m. Friday, June 3:
Sports & Recreation

4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 4:
Kids & Family

7 p.m. Saturday, June 4:

4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 5:

7 p.m. Sunday, June 5:

You don’t have to wait till the broadcast begins to browse the offerings. Visit auction.wpt.org today to pre-bid and view featured items. Happy bidding!



Watch, Bid & Win! WPT Auction Airs June 1-5

Support Wisconsin Public Television — Watch the WPT Auction!

Lights, camera, Auction! Join in on the fun as Wisconsin Public Television’s largest fundraising event kicks off another year of bidding fun at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1! Now in its 41st year, the WPT Auction invites viewers to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses during a live TV broadcast. There are great deals available, and all the proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television programs and outreach initiatives!

Bid on vacation packages, gift certificates, home and garden items, sports tickets to Badgers games, jewelry, art, vacation packages to Cancun, Boston and Door County, and more. Each night there is a different theme, and big ticket items valued at $1,500 or more will be auctioned off during the Auction Showcase Sunday, June 5.

2016 Auction Schedule

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1* Entertainment & Hobby

7 p.m. Thursday, June 2* Home & Garden

7 p.m. Friday, June 3 Sports & Recreation

4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 4* Kids & Family

7 p.m. Saturday, June 4 Travel

4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 5 Marketplace

7 p.m. Sunday, June 5 Showcase

*Auction is broadcast to the WHA-TV viewing area only at these times. (Watch online and take part in the fun from anywhere at any time during Auction!)

Watch Auction anywhere via the simultaneous online stream at auction.wpt.org. Use #WPTAuction on social media to share how you’re participating in Auction!

Want more Auction? Check out online-only items in the Deal of the Day category even now before Auction begins! More items will be added every day throughout Auction.

Start browsing hundreds of items now and pre-bid at auction.wpt.org. Learn how to pre-bid below!

Five Incredibly Catchy PBS Theme Songs

My brain’s wonderful at sopping up theme songs, commercial jingles and mediocre 1990s pop songs like a sponge. Is it a talent? A curse? The judges are out.

When it comes to theme songs, PBS has delivered some true gems over the years. Here are five of those songs that you might have forgotten about … or might still be able to recite word-for-catchy-word.

Continue reading Five Incredibly Catchy PBS Theme Songs

Your Guide to British Drama Season Premieres

We may have said farewell to Downton Abbey, but British dramas still reign on WPT. March brings new seasons of Grantchester on Masterpiece and Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece, and April welcomes a new season of Call the Midwife.

Clear your Sunday evenings and make a date with your favorite midwives, vicars and entrepreneurs. View premiere dates and season previews below.

Grantchester on Masterpiece: Season 2
Premieres 8 p.m. Sunday, March 27
Enjoy a new season of adventures, matchmaking and murder with vicar Sidney Chambers and veteran cop Geordie Keating.

Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece: Season 4
Premieres 9 p.m. Sunday, March 27
See Jeremy Piven in the thrilling final season that dramatizes the climactic battle for the future of London’s iconic department store,
Selfridge & Co.

Call the Midwife: Season 5
Premieres 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3
Rejoin the nurses and midwives for a fifth season. It’s 1961 and Poplar is beginning to feel the winds of social change, along with improvements in housing, sanitation and healthcare.