Janet Ivey Bio

aboutusJanet Ivey is committed to enriching the lives of children through education and programming. With over 17 years in the media, Ivey has captivated Nashville and beyond with her work and she has received 12 Regional Emmy®s and 5 Gracie Allen awards for her work.

Most notably, Janet Ivey has been recognized for her work on Nashville Public Television children’s series Janet’s Planet, an interstitial series she helped create. This dynamic and fast-paced series is geared to 6 – 10 year olds and focuses on scientific and historical facts and events. Viewers get to travel at the speed of thought and the interstitials air throughout the day between acclaimed children’s shows like “Zoom,” “Maya and Miguel,” and “Arthur.”

January 26, 2013, Janet’s Planet wins its 12th Regional Emmy® making it an even dozen for Children’s Programs at the Mid-south Regional Emmy® Awards.

December 2012 Janet completed writing the second season of 53 five minute episodes for the GROW preschool DVD series for United Methodist Publishing House.

August 2012, Janet completed her duties as Assistant Director and Choreographer for 30 episodes of Mother Goose Club.

March 17th, 2012, Janet’s Planet wins its 11th Regional Emmy® for Children’s programs at the Mid-south Regional Emmy® Awards.

January 2012, Janet completed writing 52 five minute episodes for a preschool DVD series for United Methodist Publishing House.

In the October 6th, 2011 edition of the Nashville Scene’s BEST OF NASHVILLE issue, Janet Ivey will be featured as BEST CHILDREN’S TV HOST: JANET IVEY-DUENSING, JANET’S PLANET

June 24, 2011 Janet’s Planet will be honored by STEMflorida, Inc. with the following award:
Best STEM Informational Video Targeting Engagement in a Challenged Target Industry Cluster   Janet’s Planet/Space Florida, Inc. – Exploring Microgravity Video.

February 17, 2011 Janet received word that she was the winner of her 5th esteemed Gracie Award for her entry: Janet’s Planet Health Interstitials in the Outstanding Children/Adolescent Non-Animated Program category.

January 29, 2011, Janet won her 10th Regional Emmy for Janet’s Planet Health Interstitials at the Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards.

November 2010, Parenting Journals, informed Janet that upon review of, they decided to bestow the Parenting Journals Editor’s Choice Award for her site. The award is made to selected parenting web sites that exhibit: 1) Quality information on parenting topics including; child care, education, child health, babies, toys, kids activities, ethics, and character development, 2) User accessibility and support, and 3) Exceptional web design and easy navigation.

In the October 2010 Nashville Lifestyles magazine, Janet was named as one of Nashville’s 25 Most Beautiful People both inside and out!

Buzz Aldrin has chosen Janet to be one of his ShareScience Education Ambassadors for his ShareScience Foundation because of her enthusiasm and dedication for science education.

In the February 55h , 2010 issue of the Nashville Business Journal, Janet was named as one of the 30 members of the Women of Influence Class of 2010. She was recognized in the Inspiration and Mentor Category.

On February 18, 2010, Janet received word that she was the winner of the esteemed Gracie Award for her entry: Janet Ivey – Exploring Microgravity, in the Outstanding Children/Adolescent Non-Animated Program category. In a year with many high quality entries, “Exploring Microgravity” displayed superior quality in writing, production and programming.

On January 30, 2010, Janet’s Planet received two Emmys one for Informational/Instructional Special Program “Exploring Microgravity,” and one for Informational/Instructional Series for “Janet’s Planet Health Interstitials.”

On June 3rd, 2009 Janet accepted her 3rd Gracie Allen Award for the Outstanding Children’s/Adolescent Program Category for Janet’s Planet still reeling from her January 2009 Informational and Instructional Emmy for Janet’s Planet, her sixth Emmy for her “planet.” Other Emmy wins for Ivey include the 2008 Regional Emmy in the Informational and Instructional Emmy for Janet’s Planet, and the 2006 Regional Emmy in the Children’s Programs Category for Janet’s Planet presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

In 2005, Janet won the Emmy in the Children’s Educational Category and the Emmy in Children’s Entertainment Category for Janet’s Planet. “Janet’s Planet” garnered the Emmy in 2003 in the Children’s Educational Category and Janet won an Emmy in 1997 in the Best Children’s Video Category for her roles as co-writer and on-camera talent for “The Opryland Kid’s Club” video.

Continuing in the vein of outer space information, Ivey will be releasing her Exploring Microgravity production in partnership with Space Florida to be used by all elementary and middle school teachers and for the state of Florida’s Virtual School curriculum. (Florida Department of Education announced the adoption of Janet’s Planet for use in the September 2009 in the Florida Space Advocate.)

In addition to Janet’s Planet, Ivey is celebrating her ninth year as the co-host of PBS’s “Tennessee’s Wildside” with Bill Cody, has authored two children’s books, Tell Me About Heaven, I Think I’m Forgetting (Ideal’s Children’s Books), and Something’s Different In Samesville (Self-Published). Behind the scenes, Ivey produced spots for the local to national broadcast of ZOOM, entitled “Zoom Into Action” in partnership with WGBH and Nashville Public Television.

Janet was tapped to be the Assistant Director of the Mother Goose Club, a literacy program targeted for 3-5 year olds that hit the airwaves and Internet in June 2009. Janet is also a producer, writer and host for “Arts Breaks,” a three minute package featuring local art and artists in the Middle Tennessee area for Nashville Public Television.

Supplementing her Nashville Public Television programs, Janet has been featured in national television and radio commercials (Banquet Home-style Bakes, Centennial Wireless, Old Time Pottery, Mohawk Floorz and Actonel for Proctor and Gamble to name a few.) She has voiced and appeared in many children’s videos, titles that include:  “25 Christmas Songs Kids Love To Sing,” “25 Action Songs Kids Love to Sing” and “25 Sunday School Songs Kids Love to Sing” for EMI, “The Land of Gnoo” for Sparrow/EMI, “Baby Praise” for Deep Media, and “Slush-Puppy” for Highlander Entertainment.

Janet has hosted Pillsbury Kid’s Bake-Offs, General Mills’ Silliest Kid In America Contest, performed live with Barney for Hit Entertainment, performed with Boobah for Ragdoll Entertainment in their “Look What I Can Do” tour, and in 2008 was featured as ‘the mom’ in a Disney commercial promoting a Hannah Montana concert.

Warm and ebullient, Janet Ivey is dedicated to producing quality kid’s entertainment that inspires, enlightens and entertains.

More information about Janet Ivey is available at HYPERLINK “” and the Janet’s Planet album “Rock The Planets,” can be purchased on I-Tunes, CD Baby and