How have the pandemic and allegations of voter fraud raised barriers to voting that may disenfranchise many Americans?
Facing History and Ourselves and FRONTLINE PBS invite you to join us for a special panel discussion about the FRONTLINE PBS film Whose Vote Counts, which explores an issue critical to the 2020 election: access to voting. Dr. Jelani Cobb, staff writer for The New Yorker and Columbia Journalism School Professor, joins June Cross, documentary filmmaker and Columbia Journalism School Professor, and Frontline producer Tom Jennings, for this timely discussion on one of the most contentious presidential elections in recent memory.
This is the third installment in the year-long Facing History Now: Conversations on Equity and Justice virtual event series.
Whose Vote Counts is available to watch beginning Tuesday, October 20 at pbs.org/frontline, in the PBS Video App, or on YouTube.
Jelani Cobb holds the Ira Lipman professorship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a staff writer at the New Yorker where he frequently writes about race, history, justice and culture in America. In 2015, Cobb received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, in which he combined "the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian".
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.
Tom Jennings has been producing for FRONTLINE since 2009, when he first collaborated with the investigative news group ProPublica. His resulting film, Law and Disorder, about police shootings of civilians during the week after Katrina, won the prestigious George Polk Award for television reporting and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Jennings subsequently produced Doctor Hotspot (2012) and Being Mortal (2015) with New Yorker writer Atul Gawande and the Emmy-nominated A Perfect Terrorist (2011), and its sequel American Terrorist (2015) again with ProPublica. He was a producer for Rain Media on the 2012 landmark economy miniseries, Money, Power & Wall Street, which also won a George Polk Award.
Jennings has also won two national Emmy Awards, the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award and three Writers Guild of America Awards.
Jennings also teaches documentary writing and development at NYU's Tisch School.
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