Meet the Team

EDDIE ROBINSON | Host & Executive Producer

Eddie Robinson is a Mississippi native who began his media career while in the 10th grade in high school. After graduating from Prairie View A&M University with a Mechanical Engineering degree, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he landed a project manager gig for the 3M Corporation. Inspired by a 3M colleague, he moved to New York City where he picked up a Masters degree in Media Ecology from New York University. He spent much of his broadcast career in New York with outlets like CBS News, WFAN, New York 1 and WNYC. Eddie then moved back to Houston to host the first-ever sports talk radio show for the LGBTQ+ community on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He later went on to focus his efforts on anchoring for Houston Public Media, as the local news voice for NPR's Morning Edition. He loves MMA, DJ'ing, live concerts and anything outdoors. Eddie's expecting his first child, a son, through surrogacy.

MELANYE PRICE | Interim Host & Producer

Melanye Price was recently named inaugural director of The Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice. Dr. Price is an Endowed Professor of Political Science at Prairie View A&M University and principal investigator for their African American Studies Initiative, which is funded by the Mellon Foundation. Price is the author of two books: The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race (NYU, 2016) and Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African American Public Opinion (NYU, 2009).

Dr. Price completed her B.A. magna cum laude in geography at Prairie View A&M University and her MA and Ph.D in political science at The Ohio State University. Price was the 2017 Black History Month lecturer for US Embassy in Germany where she lectured at universities and community organizations in across the country. Professor Price was one of the contributors to Stanley Nelson's documentary, Obama: Through the Fire, which aired on BET. She is a regular contributor for The New York Times Opinion section and has also done political commentary for MSNBC, CNN, Ms. Magazine, Elle Magazine, and National Public Radio.

TODD HULSLANDER | Technical Director

Todd Hulslander is a Peabody Award winning producer/editor and Grammy nominated engineer. He has been "podcasting" since before "podcasting" was a thing, with his lifelong passion to tell stories with music and sound. While working for the Smithsonian, he helped create many nationally acclaimed series including Jazz Smithsonian with Lena Horne, Mississippi: River of Song with Ani Di Franco, Remembering Slavery, Jazz Singers with Al Jarreau, and Memphis: Cradle of Rock 'n' Soul with Cybill Shepherd. He has worked with NPR and has been a part of Houston Public Media family for over 20 years. His father marched with Martin Luther King Jr., attended Howard University in the 1950s and devoted much of his life to supporting racial justice. His mother worked with children in rural Kentucky and Mississippi and helped teach Todd to maintain an open mind and accept everyone equally.


Mark DiClaudio is a classically trained musician, seasoned educator, and US Patent holder. He's also a constant tinkerer who always looks for ways to build and tweak everyday things for the better. Mark sees I SEE U as an opportunity to engage in critical societal issues and assist in educating future generations via aural history. In addition to his role with this collaborative team of creators facilitating necessary and provocative conversations, he produces Houston Public Media's shows — The Engines of Our Ingenuity, Encore Houston, and Skyline Sessions, and is part of HPM's Education Team. Mark is also a proud dad of two great kids, and spends his leisure time being educated by profound teenage wisdom.

DAVE McDERMAND | Sound Designer

Dave Mcdermand is a Emmy and Telly award-winning producer and cinematographer that has been working with Houston Public Media for roughly 5 years. Normally a video producer, he jumps at any chance to go back to his roots as a sound designer and musician. He grew up in rural Indiana where he learned a lot about basketball, corn, the power of media, and the human condition.

LAURA BURKS | Assistant Producer

Laura Burks is a California native who has always had a passion for telling untold stories. This passion led her to California State University — Fresno with hopes of becoming a news anchor. After encouragement from her mother and the support from her fiancé, Laura decided to move to Texas and attend Prairie View A&M, a Historically Black College/University. While completing her degree, she developed a love for production. This led her mentor at the university to select her to be the Assistant Director and Technical Director for the University Film and Video Associate Best Live Stream/Multi-Cam Award-winning show, The Death of Cliff Huxtable. She was then selected to serve as the Technical Director for a weeklong production, Prairie View A&M, Virtual Homecoming, and the Festival on the Hill virtual film festival. Laura graduated magna cum laude from Prairie View A&M with a degree in Communications. In the months after graduating, she was pleased to accept the position as Assistant Producer with Houston Public Media. She enjoys spoken-word poetry, writing for film and television, listening to podcasts, and spending time with family.


Hailing from a family supporting Houston's Audio/Visual productions since the 60's, Matthew Davis Buehrer has been a part of the live event, film capture, and broadcasting industry as a lifelong community member. From installing and running the Audio, Video, and Lighting systems at House of Blues Houston, to running playback for Travis Scott's Sicko Mode video, Matthew has embraced all aspects of the media production process. When combined with a lifelong love of music as a multi-instrumental performer spanning from Classical to Jazz, or Neo Soul to Rock, Matthew has bridged the gap between talent and producer with composition including VR video game sound design and thematic composition/arrangement, as well as collaborating in the tracking, mixing, and mastering of local artists' live and studio performances.