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Judy Crichton

Writer, America 1900
Author, America 1900: The Turning Point

Judy Crichton worked in broadcast journalism for more than twenty-five years, ten of them as executive producer of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, where she supervised 100 historical documentary programs for the acclaimed PBS series. After her retirement as executive producer in 1997, she teamed with producer David Grubin on America 1900. She authored the companion volume, America 1900: Turning Point, published by Henry Holt & Company.

A distinguished documentary writer, producer, and director, Crichton also worked in radio and in the entertainment side of television. She moved into the documentary field in the mid-1970s -- first with CBS News, where she was the first woman producer at CBS Reports, then with ABC News. Her work was recognized with seven Emmy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, several Writers Guild Awards, four Christophers, several American Film Festival Awards, two CINE Golden Eagle Awards, and a Gabriel Award, among many others. She was a member of the Society of American Historians and the Writers Guild of America, which in 1998 recognized her with the Evelyn F. Burkey Award. She lived in New York City until her death in October 2007.


David Grubin

Producer, America 1900

Producer, director, writer, and cinematographer David Grubin has won every major award in documentary television, including eight Emmys, two Writers Guild prizes, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. Grubin has produced more than one hundred films on subjects ranging from health (Healing and the Mind), art (Degenerate Art), and poetry (The Power of the Word) to history (The Great Air Race of 1924) and biography (NC Wyeth; A Father and His Family). He is currently at work on Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided, a six-part series for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.

His four presidential biographies for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE--TR, FDR, Truman, and LBJ--have been recognized collectively with three Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, two duPont awards, the Chicago International Film Festival Gold Plaque, the Christopher Award, the Houston International Film Festival Special Jury Award, and awards from the International Documentary Association, the American Historical Association and the National Education Association.

Grubin is president of David Grubin Productions, a member of the Writers Guild and the Directors Guild, and serves on the Board of Directors of New York's Film Forum. He lives in New York City with his wife, painter Joan Grubin. They have three children.


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