Roger Weisberg joined public television station Thirteen/WNET New York in 1976. As a staff producer, he produced dozens of programs on a broad range of social, political, and health policy issues. In 1982 Weisberg formed an independent production company, Public Policy Productions, to extend the reach and impact of his documentaries. Since founding the company, Weisberg has produced and directed 32 documentaries on subjects ranging from health care, aging, and the environment to defense policy, child welfare, and persistent poverty. These documentaries aired in primetime on PBS in the U.S., and many were broadcast around the world.
Weisberg’s documentaries have won over 150 awards including Peabody, Emmy, and duPont-Columbia awards. Some of his films are vérité style documentaries with no narration, while others are narrated by prominent actors including Meryl Streep, Helen Hayes, and James Earl Jones, as well as distinguished journalists including Marvin Kalb and Walter Cronkite. Weisberg received an Academy Award nomination in 2001 for Sound and Fury and in 2003 for Why Can’t We Be a Family Again?