Free To Choose Network | About

Free To Choose® Network is a global media 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brought you Milton Friedman’s original 1980 10-part television series, Free To Choose. It continues to use accessible and entertaining media to build popular support for personal, economic, and political freedom with three distinct paths:

Free To Choose Media is the production arm of Free To Choose Network, producing award-winning documentaries that offer a fresh perspective on important issues; they are real stories about real people distributed through public television broadcast and streaming. Our video library features over 500 hours of documentary films, The Idea Channel® with conversations amongst scholars, web series and podcasts for today’s viewing audience. All are available for no-cost streaming on our website, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Vimeo, and Roku.®, our educational affiliate since 2006, offers no-cost, high-quality educational materials to educators: teachers, home-schoolers, parents, grandparents, and group leaders. We create entertaining and educational videos that encourage critical thinking, are standards-aligned, and come with teachers’ guides, activities, quizzes, and more.

We are the proud keepers of Capitaf (Cap-i-taf), a private space nestled in the Vermont mountains and once the summer home of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose. Capitaf gives us a facility ideally suited for creative brainstorming, scholarly debate, quiet contemplation, and intellectual collaboration. It is available to scholars, students, business and government leaders, and those who seek to understand and consider how to apply Friedman’s insights to the challenges of our world today.

By way of powerful storytelling, we inspire curiosity, elicit emotion, and open the door for real conversations about issues that affect all of humanity. We welcome your participation in all of our efforts! Contact Rob Chatfield at


In 1977, former public television executive Bob Chitester and Nobel laureate winning economist Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, began collaborating on a film project which became Free To Choose, an award-winning PBS television series and an international best-selling book based on the series, with sales in the millions. On the heels of that success, Chitester founded Free To Choose Network in order to continue creating documentaries for public television which offer a fresh perspective on a range of important global and national issues. More than 30 years and 500+ projects later, FTCN continues to bring thought-provoking and entertaining productions to public television audiences.


Robert Chatfield
President & CEO

Tara L. Schupp
Chief Operating Officer

Cindee L. Behrendt
Vice President of Administration

Dean Graziano
Vice President of Education

Thomas Skinner
Senior Executive Producer

Susan Gable
Director of Education
Marley Behrendt
Education Content Specialist
Mike Hanel
Graphic Designer
Len Juniewicz
Graphic Design Manager
Shane Pfister
Vice President of Technology
Amanda Pierson
Director of Grant Relations
Taylor Prach
Media Production Specialist
April Rees
Email Communications Coordinator
Matt Saloff
Administrative Support Associate
Charles Santini
In-House Producer
Dawnn Warner
Robert Chatfield
President & CEO
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Mark Chitester
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Preston Cody
Managing Consultant, Wood Mackenzie
Houston, Texas
Maryjo Cohen
President and CEO
National Presto Industries, Inc.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
David Jorgensen
Portola Valley, California
Wes Kemp
Executive in Residence
University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Stephanie Giovanetti Lips
Philanthropic Advisor
Donors Trust Inc.
Alexandria, Virginia
Thomas Martin
Glenview, Illinois
Ronald H. Muhlenkamp
Investment Management
Wexford, Pennsylvania
Wayne Olson
Senior Advisor
Foundation for Economic Education

Atlanta, Georgia
Chris J. Rufer
The Morning Star Company
Los Banos, California
Brian Singer, CFA
Head, Global Macro Strategies
William Blair and Company

Glencoe, Illinois
Andy Walters
2nd Vice-Chairman
Manager, National Industrial Supply Company
San Marino, California

Free To Choose Network has acquired many awards and accolades through its various projects over the years.