Thursday, February 09, 2006
SPEAKER: Kristina Borjesson, "Feet to the Fire" author
Author/journalist Kristina Borjesson will be in North Adams on Thurs., March 2, to speak to the "Future of Journalism" seminar at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Borjesson is author of two books, "Feet to the Fire" and "Into the Buzzsaw." She will speak in Bowman 101 at 7 p.m. and take questions.
Kristina Borjesson has been an independent producer and writer for almost twenty years. Besides editing this volume, she currently produces and co-hosts the Expert Witness Radio Show on WBAI in New York City. Before that, she produced for two CNN Newsstand magazine shows, Fortune and Entertainment Weekly, and worked at CBS network where she won an Emmy and a Murrow Award for her investigative reporting on "CBS Reports: Legacy of Shame" with Dan Rather and Randall Pinkston. The following year she was the producer and co-writer for "CBS Reports: The Last Revolutionary," a film biography of Cuba's Fidel Castro that was nominated for an Emmy.
Borjesson also contributed her findings on the TWA Flight 800 disaster to CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes. Prior to producing for CBS, Borjesson was field producer for "Showdown in Haiti," an Emmy-nominated investigative documentary for PBS's Frontline.
She has said in one interview:
"The press has not caught up with the PR machine. The PR machine is going 500 miles an hour; the press is going 50. We really do need to have morereporters who are far more extensively trained, not only in the subject matter they are going to cover, but they need to be trained in critical analysis; the need to become more savvy about how they are being spun or misinformed or disinformed; they need to know a lot more about how the government works, and who the people are in government. I think there's a big education hole there too. No longer in this very complicated world can you just have sort of workmen like journalist covering the arena of power. It is just way, way, to complicated and sophisticated for that. We need far more cultured and educated people."
Here's a link to a story from the alternative weekly, The Hartford [Conn.] Advocate (now owned by Tribune Co.), about Borjesson's CBS producing job, and her involvement reporting the aftermath of TWA 800:
(mostly duplicates above)
KRISTINA BORJESSON has been an independent producer and writer for almost twenty years. She currently produces and co-hosts the .Expert Witness. radio show on WBAI in New York and KPFK in Los Angeles. Borjesson won an Emmy and a Murrow Award for her investigative reporting on .CBS Reports: Legacy of Shame. with correspondents Dan Rather and Randall Pinkston, and was the producer and co-writer for .CBS Reports: The Last Revolutionary,. an Emmy-nominated film biography of Fidel Castro. Borjesson.s credits also include .Showdown in Haiti,. an Emmy-nominated investigative documentary for PBS.s Frontline, .Living with Crocodiles,. a National Geographic Explorer production, the CNN NewsStand magazine shows Fortune and Entertainment Weekly, a PBS film biography of Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and renowned social critic, and .On Television,. a 13-part series for PBS examining TV in America. Borjesson is an alumna of Columbia University.s Graduate School of Journalism.