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Project Overview

Every 19 seconds someone in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That adds up to 1.7 million people each year. Brain injuries range from mild to moderate to severe. Every injury is different, but when your brain is injured, it can affect everything: your ability to speak, focus, remember, and relate to other people.

BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury.

BrainLine serves anyone whose life has been affected by TBI. That includes people with brain injury, their families, professionals in the field, and anyone else in a position to help prevent or ameliorate the toll of TBI.

Through BrainLine, we seek to provide a sense of community, a place where people who care about TBI can go 24 hours a day for information, support, and ideas.


Since 2008, BrainLine.org has received more than two dozen national awards and recognition for outstanding multimedia content development and mobile delivery. See our awards and recognition

Connect and Share

Stay up to date on brain injury issues! Our Connect and Share page offers sinmple ways to get the current news, resources, content, and connections that you need &151; via email, RSS, and widget feeds, and sharing on social newtworks. Find out how to subscribe to our daily news headliens and weekly series, bncluding Ask the Expert, Research Updates, Blogs, and Personal Stories.


BrainLine's experts review the site and make sure we're up to date on the latest and greatest information and resources. Click here to learn more about our subject matter expert.

BrainLine also offers an Ask the Expert series featuring new questions and answers each month about traumatic brain injury. Our team has expertise in the full range of TBI issues, from nueropsychology to legal support for families.

BrainLine's Partners

BrainLine works closely with many outstanding organizations to promote education and awareness about brain injury. Here is a list of our current partners.


BrainLine is a service of WETA, the public TV and radio station in Washington, DC. WETA is the third-largest producing station for PBS. WETA's productions and co-productions include The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal, and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, including, most recently, The War.

Over the last decade, WETA has created and sustained four award-winning national educational services: LD OnLine, Reading Rockets, Colorin Colorado, and AdLit.org. With funding from the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, WETA also produced the public TV series Exploring Your Brain and co-produced three documentaries for the public radio series Gray Matters. In recognition of that work, we received the James and Sarah Brady Recognition Award for Public Service from the Brain Injury Association of America.

LD OnLine

LD OnLine is the most comprehensive and widely used information service ever offered in the field of learning disabilities — a meeting place for all interested in helping children and adults learn and adapt in school, at home, and at work.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets looks at how young children learn to read, why so many struggle, and what we can do to help them. The website includes an archive of articles, interviews with children's authors, a daily headline service, webcasts, blogs, and much more. The Reading Rockets project also encompasses television programs produced for PBS, including A Tale of Two Schools, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the 10-part series Launching Young Readers.

Colorin Colorado

Colorin Colorado is a bilingual website for the parents and educators of English language learners. The website gives Spanish-speaking parents a wealth of information in their native language and gives teachers the information they need to be more effective in working with children for whom English is a second language.


AdLit.org (all about adolescent literacy) serves the parents and educators of struggling readers and writers in grades 4-12. The site includes research-based articles, instructional material for classroom teachers, an Ask the Experts feature, tips for parents, book recommendations, exclusive interviews with top authors, and a free monthly e-newsletter.

Staff, WETA Learning Media

Noel Gunther, Executive Director
Christian Lindstrom, Director, Learning Media
Victoria Tilney McDonough, Editor, BrainLine
Kelly Deckert, Associate Manager of Online Media
Shalini Anand, Technical Web Manager
Lydia Breiseth, Manager, Colorin Colorado
Tina Chovanec, Manager, Reading Rockets
Ashley Gilleland, Associate Producer

Noel Gunther, Executive Director

Noel Gunther has broad experience in radio, television, print, and the Internet. He has co-written and co-produced award-winning documentaries for NPR and Public Radio International, including: Good Morning Vietnam with Adrian Cronauer (Gold Award, International Radio Festival of New York); American Voices: Norman Corwin with Charles Kuralt (Grand Award, Best Documentary, International Radio Festival of New York); Gray Matters: Depression with Mike Wallace (Gold Award, International Radio Festival of New York); and Drugs, Alcohol and the Brain with Pat Summerall (Gold Cindy Award, best documentary).

For television, Gunther's work includes the PBS documentary A Tale of Two Schools, narrated by Morgan Freeman (Cine Special Jury Prize), and the five-part public TV series Exploring Your Brain (Gold Cindy Award). For the Internet, Gunther developed and now oversees four national sites: ReadingRockets.org, ColorinColorado.org, AdLit.org, and LD OnLine.org, which since 1996 has been the world's leading website in the field of learning disabilities. Gunther is co-author of Beyond Boardwalk and Park Place (Bantam Books), which was named by the New York Public Library as one of the best young adult books of the year. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Washingtonian, American Journalism Review, and many other publications. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

Christian Lindstrom, Director, Learning Media

Christian Lindstrom's work for WETA Learning Media includes producing award-winning television programs, websites, and print materials about reading, learning disabilities, mental health, and brain science. She worked to launch Learning Media's first website, LD OnLine, in 1996; it has since become the world's leading site in the field of learning disabilities. She has been a key player in the production and launch of ReadingRockets.org and ColorinColorado.org, both Webby Award Honorees. She contributed to the Dana Foundation-funded television series Exploring Your Brain with Garrick Utley, which won an International Gold CINDY Award and a Time Inc Health FREDDIE Award. She co-produced, wrote, and directed the PBS show A Tale of Two Schools, narrated by Morgan Freeman, which won the Unity Award in Media, a CINE Golden Eagle Award, and a CINE Special Jury Prize. She also wrote and produced several episodes of the PBS series Launching Young Readers, including Reading Rocks!, a special for children with reading difficulties (Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award); Reading and the Brain, with Henry Winkler (Time Inc Health FREDDIE Award, Silver World Medal at the International Film and Video Competition of New York); Empowering Parents, with Al Roker (CINE Golden Eagle Award, International Reading Association Broadcast Media Award for Television, Telly Awards Bronze Medal Winner); and Becoming Bilingual, with Rita Moreno (CINE Golden Eagle Award, Telly Awards Bronze Medal Winner)

Victoria Tilney McDonough, Editor, BrainLine

Victoria Tilney McDonough writes about what makes people tick — and why — in whatever work or life situation they are in. She has worked as a writer and editor at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and for various publications, websites, and other health care and educational organizations. She also produced various sections for RehabManager.com, a website devoted to physical therapists and their patients. She has been published in The New York Times Book Review, Elle, Scholastic, Harvard, TimeOut, and FilmMaker; in many university alumni magazines; and on Salon.com and the AP News Wire, among others.

Kelly Deckert, Associate Manager of Online Media

Kelly holds a degree in Web Content, Design, & Marketing and began her career with WETA Learning Media in 2004 as a Web Producer for LDOnline.org -- a position she was passionate about after a sister's struggle with dyslexia. Now, as the Associate Manager of Online Media, she contributes her creative ideas and new media savviness to BrainLine through interactive campaigns, graphics and video, mobile strategy, and other emerging web trends.

Contact Us

E-mail: info@BrainLine.org
Phone: 703.998.2020
Address: 2775 S Quincy Street. Arlington, VA 22206

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