Donus D. Roberts

This is the first episode in a series of interviews we’ll be sharing with listeners every week in between our regular weekly chats. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be chatting with people who can offer new perspectives on forensics, share with us what the activity is like in their neck of the woods, and hopefully make our forensics world feel a little smaller.

The first interview in this series is with one of the forensics’ world’s biggest superstars, Donus D. Roberts, or DDR if you know him well. Roberts is an 11-diamond coach in the National Forensics League. Eleven. Diamond. Coach. He served on the NFL (now NSDA) Board of Directors for 24 years, which sounds like a long time until you compare that to his 57-year career as the coach at Watertown High School in Watertown, SD. In addition to many other accomplishments that he refused to brag about in our conversation, Roberts created Public Forum debate to make the activity more accessible to students.


Forensics Faces is recorded and edited in Sheboygan, WI. Our theme song was written and performed by JJ Hameister. Special thanks to Steve Schappaugh and Deano Pape of the NSDA for connecting me with the folks featured in this series. If you’re a fan of Forensics Faces, please take a moment to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. The more we’re reviewed, the easier it is for others to find out about us. More information is available at, and you connect with us on Facebook & Twitter by searching Forensics Faces.


Episode 203 – Cathlyn Melvin

203_cathlynThis episode of Forensics Faces introduces Cathlyn Melvin, a former competitor from Sheboygan South High School and the co-founder of Compass Creative Dramatics! Cathlyn shares her perspective on how learning to act in forensics and on stage differ, and she shares some wonderful stories about being the student of one of the WFCA’s biggest personalities, Ty Wesley.

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New Segment: Not Just Another Pretty Face

NJAPF_malyssagraphicForensics Faces is proud to announce a new video blog, or vlog, which will be coming to our site in 2013.  Hosted by Sheboygan South’s Malyssa Gabrielson, Not Just Another Pretty Face will focus on the unsung heroes of the Wisconsin forensics community: assistant coaches, judges, parent volunteers, bus drivers, and so many more. These brief, informal interviews will celebrate all the work that’s done behind the scenes of a forensics team or tournament.

“I’m excited to bring the spotlight to those people in the forensic world who don’t necessarily get the opportunity to talk about how the activity affects them, and the good that it’s done for their worlds,” says Gabrielson. And how is she dealing with the prospect of becoming a world-famous YouTube personality? “I’m going to be forensics famous, which in my world is a little bit better.”

Look for NJAPF to premier in the next couple months. Like the Forensics Faces podcast, it won’t follow a strict schedule, so make sure to follow @ForensicsFaces on Twitter and ‘Like’ us on Facebook to receive notifications of new episodes.

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Episode 202 – John Peschl

202_johnFinally! Another episode of Forensics Faces is available here and on iTunes. This episode we hear from several students who attended UW-Whitewater’s Forensics Camp in the summer of 2012, and we talk to the man who encouraged WFCA students to attend, Mr. John Peschl of Sun Prairie.

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