Carlota Almanza-Lumpkin was manager of production at WTVS / Detroit public television since 1995, having started with the national PBS nightly call-in show, “Latenight America” in 1983 and in the station’s administration division, ‘corporate and legal affairs’. She was educated in the detroit public schools and the university of Michigan/Ann Arbor.
Almanza-lumpkin served as manager of production and producer (managing, coordinating, line, contributing) of several local and national PBS program series…including “Neal shine’s Detroit” and “Detroit black journal”, (The Former Rendition of the present: “American black journal” which is the longest running minority/Public affairs video program in the country); “Detroit Performs at The Carr Center”, “Sidewalk High”; “Club Connect”; “Who killed Vincent Chin”; Coordinating Producer for the “Sphinx Annual Competition” and “Sphinx-Con” webcasts; and Client productions: “Scheewe’s Art Workshop”; “MS-Crossfire”; “Due Process” with attorney Henry Baskin; “Ask Dr. Nandi”; as well as many other programs, special events and client productions.
She has also:
- TAUGHT PRODUCTION (Writing/Budgets/Proposals) AT MADONNA UNIVERSITY
- FREELANCED WITH CBS (National) NEWS
- SERVED THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES / MICHIGAN CHAPTER (MI-NATAS) as its . . .
- PRESIDENT (1998-2002)
- VICE PRESIDENT of AWARDS
- VICE PRESIDENT of PROGRAMS
- VICE PRESIDENT of MEMBERSHIP
- BOARD SECRETARY
- EMMY® AWARDS CHAIRMAN
- GOVERNOR (presently)
During her 34-years of broadcasting, she’s mentored hundreds of high school, college and vocational students in broadcasting, media and video production. She lauds her mentoring and counsel as one of her most rewarding experiences — and that which has produced many of Michigan’s local and national reporters and producers, who work in the industry today: => Ed Gordon [formerly BET and MSNBC]; => Tia Graham [WDET and WWJ-Radio Traffic Reports]; and => Roop Raj [WJBK] .
Her numerous awards/accolades include:
- NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES’ SILVER CIRCLE
- NATIONAL BLACK PROGRAMMING CONSORTIUM Honorable Mention
- WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY’s JOURNALISM INSTITUTE OF MEDIA DIVERSITY
- MI-NATAS EMMY® NOMINATION for Detroit Black Journal
- LEADERSHIP DETROIT
Her paternal grandparents distinguish the family’s civic heritage: Mexican- born grandfather, Mateo Almanza (who named her) rode with Pancho Villa; and grandmother, Mary Sullivan Almanza Islam was a founding member of The Nation of Islam/Detroit. Carlota is the widow of the late pediatrician John G. Lumpkin, M.D.; and together they have one son.