David Ridgen is an award­-winning media producer specializing in hard­hitting, character­-driven, POV, investigative television and theatrical programming. Ridgen Film is currently expanding further into the areas of drama and new media production. Recent works by Ridgen have been credited with the re­opening of cold cases and arrests (i.e., Confession to Murder Part I & II), putting a Klansman behind bars for a civil rights-era double murder (i.e, Mississippi Cold Case), making progressive impact on the Israel/Palestine issue (i.e, American Radical: the trials of Norman Finkelstein), and spurring victim reconciliation with perpetrators (i.e., Reconciliation in Mississippi).


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  1. Hi David, just listened to you on cbc.Very impressive and curious.I remember the story quite well as i grew up with both you an Lee Mc Naughton. Congratulations on your successes on much luck with future investigations. I have many questions as i am studying police sciences. Very exciting.
    Old chum
    Karen Andrews

  2. My dad helped on the search for. Missing child out in the calabogie area

    He was always wondering why they were not allowed to check or did not check under a huge pile of rocks in the search area. He thought they were out of place in the woods. I do not have the whole story but I could ask him details if your interested in more.

      • Hello I’m not sure if you take requests but there is a cold case in my town that maybe of interest to you …its been 33 years since Lynn Oliver went missing after leaving for workplace at a new Glasgow NS dry cleaner. She left behide a 18 month old son that to this day wants answers about what happen to his mother who was 22 at the time it is pic you county’s longest cold case

  3. I’ve just learned of your work through, you guessed it, SKS. Your storytelling is fantastic. I can’t wait to check out your other work.
    I’m not sure if you’re open to story ideas, but there’s a case from 2012 that has nagged at me like a tick in my neck. I’ll email you about it, just in case there’s a chance it’ll pique your interest.

  4. I also liked your SKS I actually just caught the last episode today and am anxious to hear if u do one more episode if the divers do comeback ..Iam very interested in true crime and theres a few that i often wonder about around my area. off hand one would be Jake Just out of midland. Also Cindy Halliday who was hitch hiking home from barrie back to the out skirts of midland ont and was found off a log road dead the day after police found everything someone droped off her jacket where police had allready searched for evidence and it had rained all night this jacked was dry and had been washed i think the perp was toying with them. Lastly is Leah Sousa again in the area near midland i wont go into that one as iam sure u have heard of the grim details of the little girl but those are some that i would love to see looked in to even christine calayenca went missing from a camp ground up near graven hurst area or north bay….Just some ideas for local stuff..

  5. David – I just listened to season 1 of sks. So good and so heartbreaking. Hope you find something that gives that family some peace. Please lookup Crystal Rogers (missing) and her father Tommy Ballard (murdered this November while hunting). In Bardstown, KY. People close have said he was getting to close to figuring out what happened to his daughter. I do not know them personally, this all has happened the town over from me but that family has been in my prayers and I believe SKS!

  6. Hi Mr. Ridgen,
    I’m a teacher who is a massive fan of your work. I’m always looking to find ways to engage students and obviously your SKS podcast (amongst other things) doesn’t fall into the range of “appropriate” things to share with my students but I was wondering if you would ever have any time or desire to take students through your approach to interviewing, media works such as podcasts, etc. It would be remiss to not try and see if I could convince you to share your talents in some fashion. Regardless, keep up the great work!

  7. Hi David,
    I just finished season 2 of SKS.Your interview style is amazing; I felt like I was literally in the room with you for every conversation.
    I can’t wait to hear more from SKS. I’ve got all my friends listening too. Thank you for a truly stellar podcast! Please do more.
    Los Angeles

  8. Hey David, I’ve listened to every SKS episode you’ve put out. Just wanted to say your investigative reporting is outstanding, storytelling highly engrossing and attention to detail excellent. Season three was incredibly moving and I’m so glad all your hard work (and Thomas’s) paid off. Looking forward to season 4 🙂

  9. Thank you for your great investigative Podcast. Just got done Season 1 of SKS (Glad to see great content on CBC) . Such a bizarre situation . my heart goes out to the family . I couldn’t begin to imagine the pain they feel . I’m sure they appreciate the help . One question i have is. Is it possible that nobody knows anything ? Great work Mr.Ridgen ! Big Fan !

    – Alex
    Aylmer Qc

  10. Gripping,Truly Binge Worthy..SKS-Addictive and wanting more after it’s over! David Ridgen my favorite podcast storyteller!

  11. Hi David.
    I have been listening to SKS and just love the way you seem to put your whole being into the investigation. Have just finished season 3. Just amazing how you and Thomas fought for justice and won so many years later! I am absolutely loving your podcasts and can’t wait to hear what more you have coming.
    Jo. Australia

  12. I just discovered SKS and am listening through season two right now. I just wanted to say how appreciative I am of the compassionate and gentle way that you have while working with Odette. You are so utterly respectful and sincere, while at the same time doing the work you need to do to help her in a manner that is straightforward and direct. Even though her story is so sad is just lovely to listen to the relationship you developed with her through the course of your work. Thank-you for being an awesome human!

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