Our Shows Hosts

Newton’s Apple hosts travel the globe
to answer your science questions.

David Heil

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David Heil hosted NEWTON’S APPLE for ten years, including the 1989 season when the show was awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series.  During much of that time he was affiliated with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon, serving as Associate Director of the Museum from 1988-1996.  Prior to 1983 he taught high school science, math and enrichment programs and conducted research in wildlife biology, plant biochemistry and radiochemistry.  He is the author or editor of numerous publications, including the award-winning elementary science curriculum Discover the Wonder and Family Science.

In 1996 David established his own consulting firm, David Heil & Associates, Inc. (www.davidheil.com), which specializes in the development and evaluation of science-based educational programs, products and services.  The firm works with corporate, government and non-profit clients to create sustainable programmatic and business strategies for increasing public understanding of science and nurturing lifelong science learning.

David and his wife Sally live in Portland, Oregon enjoying numerous outdoor activities, including biking, hiking and skiing as well as on-going exploration and discovery through regional and international travel.

Peggy Knapp

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Peggy Knapp is currently faculty member in the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE), at Hamline University in St. Paul.  Her work with CGEE focuses on place-based education, helping K-12 teachers integrate science and environmental education into core curricular areas.  Knapp won several awards as a reporter throughout her long career with Newton’s Apple. As a reporter and producer for CNN, Knapp covered environmental issues that took her from the bottom of the ocean to the tops of mountains.  Prior to her work in journalism, Knapp was a standup and sketch comedian on stages throughout the Twin Cities.

Dave Huddleston

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Dave Huddleston is an award-winning TV journalist who loved the fun and excitement of science discovery that came with being a member of the NEWTON'S APPLE team. He began his television journalism career at WKOW-TV in Madison, then the morning anchor at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul and is currently a weekday co-anchor of the FOX 29 Ten O'clock News in Philadelphia PA. He's received many journalism honors, including the Edward R. Murrow Award and the WEAC Education Award. In addition to appearing on NEWTON'S APPLE, Huddleston participates in science-education outreach programs. He has a B.A. in journalism from Washington State University.

Brian Hackney

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Brian Hackney is a physicist, electrical engineer, and meteorologist, in addition to being an award-winning science and environmental reporter. In addition to his duties on Newton’s Apple, he has been a weather anchor and science reporter for KNSD-TV in San Diego, KGO-TV and KRON-TV in San Francisco, and is currently at KPIX-TV in San Francisco as a correspondent for CBS 5's "Eye On The Bay". He's been nominated for 18 Emmy awards and won seven. He's also won two Golden Mikes and two Press Club awards. Hackney is a graduate of California Polytechnic University with B.S. degrees in both physics and electrical engineering. His greatest accomplishment was featuring his grandmother in his earthquake documentary and she, at age 98, still reminds him to fold his hands when seated at the anchor desk.

SuChin Pak

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The youngest of five NEWTON'S APPLE hosts of the show, Suchin Pak spent her college years lugging her textbooks on shoots to locations as remote as Tahiti. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in San Francisco. She became involved in television while participating in Youth in Government, a YMCA program. This led to her being hired to host and do interviews on "Straight Talk'n Teens," a KGO-TV show. From there, MTV spotted her and came calling. Over the past year, she has covered the MTV Movie Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, and the MTV Video Music Awards. As a correspondent for MTV Daily News, she has interviewed Mariah Carey, P. Diddy, and George Lucas just to mention a few.

Eileen Galindo

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Eileen Galindo came to co-host NEWTON'S APPLE as a native New Yorker. She currently wears a trio of different hats - actress, voiceover artist, and writer. Her film and television credits include The Super (with Joe Pesci), ER, NYPD Blue, Strong Medicine, Girlfriends and as Dora's Mommy on the widely popular Dora The Explorer. In addition to on-camera acting, Galindo can regularly be heard in dozens of television and radio commercials. She attended the University of Miami, majoring in musical theater.

Nancy Gibson

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Nancy Gibson has won two Emmys for appearances and contribution to Newton’s Apple.  Her proudest achievement is co-founding the International Wolf Center that opened its doors in 1993 after raising close to $2 million dollars of public and private funds.  Nancy travels around the U.S. and abroad to work on and speak about wolf and other wildlife issues including her participation in reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park and Idaho in 1995 and 1996. She also makes regular appearances as the naturalist for the NBC affiliate KARE TV and WCCO AM, is a part-time consultant for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a spokesperson on national and local media and a variety of jobs with wildlife-related organizations and issues.