Sun, 17 February 2013
Jon Alpert - Oscar Nominated Documentary Director, Producer, and Reporter - America Undercover, The Last Cowboy, Baghdad ER, China's Unnatural Disaster, and Redemption
Jon has reported from Vietnam, Cambodia, Iran, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Cuba, China, and Afghanistan.
In 1972, Jon and his wife founded the Downtown Community Television Center, one of the country's first community media centers. In 1991, while employed by NBC, Jon was the first American journalist to bring back uncensored video footage from the first Persian Gulf War, has interviewed Fidel Castro several times, and was one of the few Western journalists to have conducted a videotaped interview with Saddam Hussein since the Persian Gulf War.
Jon has been nominated for a 2010 Academy Award in the category of Best Documentary, Short Subject for China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province.
Jon was nominated again for the 2013 Academy Awards in the same category for Redemption, about the variety New York City's canners - the men and women who survive by redeeming bottles and cans they collect from curbs.