Steve Atlas
Executive Editor
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Steve Atlas produces nonfiction, public affairs programming for public and commercial television. Since 1997, he has run Far From Home Video, an independent production company that specializes in the use of small format and digital video. In addition to RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, the company’s current projects include Inside the Presidency, an election year series with Roger Mudd for The History Channel.

Atlas’s defection to the independent film world follows nearly two decades with WGBH Boston. He joined WGBH in 1979 as associate producer of The Advocates, and spent six years with the WGBH news department, the last three as news director. His executive producer credits include The Generic News, a spoof of local television news, and Banking at the Brink, an Emmy Award-winning documentary about the world debt crisis.

Atlas has developed and produced a number of primetime PBS specials, including Not Your Average Russian, a profile of Vladimir Pozner; South Africa Under the Gun, a two-hour primer on the politics and history of Apartheid; Trade War: A Short Course on the Tokyo Summit; The View From Abroad, an overseas look at the 1988 presidential campaign; Candidates ‘88, with Marvin Kalb; the Emmy-Award winning Hiroshima Remembered; Condition Critical, a forum on US health care policy, hosted by Phil Donahue; and The Issue Is Race, a second Donahue-hosted forum, for which Atlas was named Producer of the Year by Millimeter Magazine.

In 1986, he launched and then headed the production unit that covers business and economics for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, which won a Peabody Award for its reporting on the Japanese economy.

Before working at WGBH, Atlas spent a year analyzing new network programming for CBS. His non-broadcast experience includes three years of community development work in Latin America and four years organizing citizen groups for Ralph Nader. Atlas holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a masters in urban studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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