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Anne Azzi Davenport is the Senior Coordinating Producer of CANVAS at PBS NewsHour.
As Senior Producer of CANVAS, Anne Davenport is the primary field producer of arts and culture pieces and oversees all coverage. She has been leading Canvas since its beginning, collaborating with Chief Arts Correspondent Jeffrey Brown for most of her 22 years at PBS NewsHour as well as with others. She arrived at the NewsHour as the Media Producer after serving for 15 years as a political producer at ABC and CBS News and as a producer and on-air reporter for NBC stations. She supervises the Brief But Spectacular and Race Matters series as well as the PBS Primetime show "Beyond the Canvas".
She is a graduate of Brown University. Anne lives outside of Washington with her husband and their daughter and son.
Sanford Biggers is an artist who mixes media and pushes boundaries to create an art all his own. Jeffrey Brown looks at his interdisciplinary work, focusing on a signature piece, “Fool’s Folly.” This report is part of our arts and…
Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones' 1619 Project has become a topic of much debate in recent years. Amna Nawaz spoke with her about expanding upon that original work, the importance of looking back at how our nation's history unfolded, and its relevance…
One of the greats of Broadway musicals, Stephen Sondheim, died Friday at his home at the age of 91. He was a six-time Tony Award winner renowned for his words and music, starting in the 1950s. Ben Brantley, former co-chief…
Legendary singers Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, two of music's greats, have teamed up again for a new album with plans to tour internationally — for the first time in 12 years. Jeffrey Brown went to Nashville to talk about…
On this Veterans Day, in celebration of its centennial, Jeffrey Brown reports on a new look at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier through music. This report is part of our arts and culture series, CANVAS.
Photographer Jeff Wall has helped change the perception of his art form. Jeffrey Brown goes to Glenstone Museum outside of Washington to look at the unusual process behind Wall’s large-scale works. This segment is part of our arts and culture…
Artist David Driskell died last year of COVID-19 at age 88, but he's finally getting his due. For the first time, his paintings are the center of attention in a major way. Driskell was best known for his work as…
Acclaimed film director Ava Duvernay, whose projects include “The 13th," “When They See Us," and "Selma”, is behind a new Netflix series called "Colin in Black and White.” It is the coming of age story of Colin Kaepernick, years before…
In the summer of 1969 cameras captured a series of concerts in Harlem featuring artists who would go on to become musical legends, like Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Gladys Knight. But for decades no one was interested in the…
Jeffrey Brown reports on a story of choreography and community, as renowned dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones explores who the “we” referred to in the Preamble to the United States Constitution represents. This segment on his "Deep Blue Sea"…
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