Kathleen Hughes

Kathleen Hughes is an award-winning producer, director and writer, as well as co-founder of the documentary film company, Okapi Productions. Her most recent film, The Armor of Light, which she produced and co-directed with director Abigail Disney, premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Called “powerful” and “provocative” by Vanity Fair, and “thoughtful and moving” by The Hollywood Reporter, the film tracks a conservative evangelical minister struggling with the morality of America’s gun culture. Among Kathleen’s many other notable films is Two American Families, a 21-year-long look at downward mobility in America, which she produced and directed with Tom Casciato and Bill Moyers for the PBS Frontline series. When it premiered in July of 2013, Variety called it “a potent treaty on the U.S.’ middle class [that] demands to be seen and discussed.” From 2008-11, Kathleen served as the executive producer of WNET’s multi-platform series Blueprint America, where she oversaw the creation of reports about America’s crumbling infrastructure for a wide range of public media outlets including PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, Bill Moyers’ Journal, Now on PBS, and Need To Know. Blueprint also created two documentary film specials, “Road To the Future” and “Beyond the Motor City.” From 2007 to 2008 Kathleen served as a senior producer at NOW on PBS, managing a team nominated for two Emmy Awards. Kathleen’s Emmy Award-winning Moyers special Buying The War, detailing the media’s failure to examine the Bush Administration’s case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, was called “one of the most gripping and important pieces of broadcast journalism this year” by the Washington Post. Kathleen’s other documentaries have appeared on PBS’s Frontline, NOW, and Wide Angle, and ABC News’ Turning Point, as well as many Bill Moyers specials. Her work has received numerous awards including two national Emmys, a New York Emmy, the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton, the Gracie Award, the Sidney Hillman Prize, the Dateline Club’s Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, the Harry Chapin Media Award, the Christopher Award, and honorable mention for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Her early television career included stints as an associate producer for 60 Minutes, and as a producer the local New York programs The Eleventh Hour and Currents. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and holds a masters in journalism from Columbia University.