June Cross | Columbia Journalism School

June Cross

Professor of Journalism; Director, Documentary Journalism Program

Broadcast Documentary

June Cross' career has highlighted stories of the dispossessed and the importance of community through video documentary. She recently completed the Emmy-nominated “Wilhemina's War,” which premiered at DOC NYC, screened at the Pan African Film Festival, and aired on PBS' Independent Lens in February 2016.

During her career, she has worked for PBS’ Frontline, CBS News, and PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Her reporting for NewsHour on the U.S. invasion of Grenada won the 1983 Emmy for "Outstanding Coverage of a Single Breaking News Story." She is best known for “Secret Daughter,” an autobiographical film that examines how race and color impacted her family; it won an Emmy in 1997 and was honored that same year with a duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Her memoir, “Secret Daughter,” was published by Viking in 2006. She was an executive producer for “This Far by Faith,” a six-hour series on the African-American religious experience, that was broadcast on PBS in 2003.  She is currently co-directing a documentary on Voter Access which is planned for the 2020 election season.

Cross received her B.A. from Harvard, and has been a fellow at Carnegie-Mellon University's School of Urban and Public Affairs, as well as at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Studies at Harvard. She became a professor at Columbia Journalism School in 2006, and founded the Documentary Program in 2009. She lives in Washington Heights with jazz drummer Mike Clark, and two cats.


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