Media Queries

NPR Illinois Interview

“Brigitte Franzen is a former certified financial planner and hog farmer. She spoke to Community Voices about her journey to Central Illinois, establishing her own hog farm, and her new book “Have Pigs, Will Travel.” Brigitte also gives words of encouragement for others who have dealt with detours in life.”

NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS | By Beatrice Bonner
Published February 29, 2024

Brigitte Franzen is available for radio, television and magazine interviews, both in person and online.
Please call 217-574-5208 or send an email to

Brigitte Franzen is available for interviews on these topics:
My memoir Have Pigs, Will Travel, the real life story of an unlikely journey from immigrant to business woman and eventual breeder of pigs. (currently unpublished)

Reinventing yourself when life takes unexpected turns

How pets can help us heal

Smart, pragmatic, caring and a survivor of unique life experiences. Brigitte contributed to the early success of Annie’s Project, an education program for farm women, with her effective communication skills and ability to relate to the lives of her audience. Brigitte is among the most interesting collection of personality and life experiences in my network of friends and collaborators!

Ruth Hambleton

Founder of Annie’s Project