Tom Casciato | Columbia Journalism School

Tom Casciato

Adjunct Faculty


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Tom Casciato is an Emmy award-winning director, writer, producer and television executive he has created critically acclaimed nonfiction projects that have appeared on PBS, ABC, NBC, TBS, Showtime and more. He is currently the Senior Producer and an occasional correspondent on PBS NewsHour Weekened, and also directing a feature documentary on criminal justice in New Orleans. He recently directed Don Cheadle and Ian Somerhalder in episodes of the second season of the Emmy Award-winning climate-change series "Years Of Living Dangerously." His 2013 film with Kathleen Hughes and Bill Moyers for the PBS Frontline series, ”Two American Families,” was called by Salon “... one of the best and most heartbreaking documentaries” of the year.

Tom worked at WNET from 2006 until early 2012, serving variously as Director of News & Current Affairs and Executive Producer of two PBS series, Wide Angle (nominated for an International Documentary Association Continuing Series award) and the Emmy Award-winning Exposé: America’s Investigative Reports. He has produced, directed and written many Bill Moyers documentaries, and was an executive producer of Jeffrey Kimball’s 2012 independent film “Birders: The Central Park Effect,” which premiered at South By Southwest and was acquired by HBO. Besides the Emmy, his work has received numerous awards including the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton, the Peabody Award, the Dateline Club’s Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, the Harry Chapin Media Award, the Christopher Award and the Overseas Press Club Award. He is a graduate of Stanford University.