Julie Cohen | Columbia Journalism School

Julie Cohen

Adjunct Faculty


Julie Cohen is a documentary filmmaker and television news producer. Most recently, she directed and produced RBG, about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with J school professor Betsy West. The film premiered at Sundance 2018 and will be released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures/Participant Media and broadcast on CNN. Julie has directed and produced eight other documentary features, including: The Sturgeon Queens, which screened at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and 60 others, winning 10 Audience Choice Awards;
American Veteran, which won the G.I. Film Festival Founders Award and the 2017 Panavision Showcase Award for best New York filmmaker and was released by Freestyle Digital Media; and
I Live to Sing, which won the 2014 New York Emmy Award for Best Arts Program, one of three New York Emmys Julie has won since 2012.

Before starting her own production company, Better Than Fiction, Julie was a staff producer at Dateline NBC, where she was nominated for four national Emmy Awards and won the Individual Achievement Award for Best News Producer from American Women in Radio and Television (Gracie Award).

Julie graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University and holds two masters degrees: one from Columbia Journalism School (’89) where she was awarded the John McHugh Prize, the top award in the radio program and the other from Yale Law School (’97), where she was a Knight Journalism Fellow.