Kate McMahon

Documentary Producer, Director & Journalist

Kate McMahon is an award-winning documentary producer, director and writer. Her work portfolio includes programs for FRONTLINE; The PBS NewsHour, NOW With Bill Moyers and numerous PBS specials. Kate’s most recent PBS 4-part series, Hacking Your Mind premiered nationally in September 2020 and FRONTLINE: Coronavirus Pandemic premiered April 21, 2020. In the fall of 2020 Kate
reported on the wildfires in Oregon for The PBS NewsHour. Her forthcoming short about a rural D.A. will premiere on Independent Lens in early 2021. Kate’s documentaries for FRONTLINE include The Vaccine War, Life and Death in Assisted Living, Nuclear Aftershocks, Sick Around America, Sick Around the World and The Meth Epidemic. In 2017 Kate produced, wrote and directed The Doctor Fix: A New Era of Modern Medicine for PBS. She co-produced the PBS documentary, Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil and the Presidency in 2008. And in 2004 Kate associate produced the Oscar-nominated film ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room. While working at ABC-NEWS Nightline in 2001, Kate reported on the terrorist attacks of 9/11 for Peter Jennings in New York City. Kate founded Kate McMahon Productions, LLC in 2014 where she produces films that examine social issues, health care, education, politics, the environment, and psychology. Kate holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Linfield College and is a board member of the Women in Film Portland chapter. Honors and awards include: an Emmy Award, the NIHCM Health Care TV and Radio Journalism Award and the Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award.

Languages Spoken:

English, Spanish


Portland, Oregon

Areas of Expertise:

Health & Science, Climate & Environment, U.S. Politics, Social Issues, World, Education, Psychology

In Seattle, Early Help for Homeless Residents During the Coronavirus Outbreak
As Seattle residents prepared to shelter in place last month, there were an estimated 12,000 struggling to find homes.  
April 22, 2020
Coronavirus Pandemic
FRONTLINE investigates the U.S. response to COVID-19 — from Washington State to Washington D.C. — and examines what happens when politics and science collide.
April 21, 2020
The Vaccine War: vaccine war main image
The Vaccine War
Inside the raging debate: parents' right to make choices versus the needs of a community.
April 27, 2010