• Professor, Writer, Documentary Producer







    One page about: June Cross

  • Peabody & Emmy-Award Winning Filmmaker

    Book Author

    Commentator on Racial Issues in the U.S.


    I am a documentary producer, writer, professor, manager of a 501(c)3 non-profit production company, and a world citizen.

    Along with the team of Jelani Cobb, correspondent, and Tom Jennings, producer, I was honored to win a 2021 Peabody for best documentary. In 2017, I was nominated for an Emmy for my independent film, "Wilhemina's War." Wilhemina Dixon has five relatives living with HIV/AIDS. I shot the film over five years in rural South Carolina. It aired on PBS' Independent lens in Feb. 2016. www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/wilheminas-war

    Previous docs: "Secret Daughter" "Wilhemina''s War," Whose Vote Counts," "The Old Man and the Storm," "This Far by Faith" "Two Nations of Black America" (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)

    I have written a memoir, Secret Daughter, published in 2006 by Viking (paperback in 2007).

    My goal is to amplify the stories of those whose voices too often go unheard.

    Specialties: REAL reality television
    Storytelling, narrative arc
    Broadcast news: radio and tv

    Consultant for storytelling

    Grant Writer


  • Be the change you want to see in the world.


    Director, Documentary Specialization, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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    Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


    2006 – Present

    I founded and direct the program in Documentary at CU's Graduate School of Journalism.

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    MIT Open Doc Lab

    January 2019-Dec. 2020

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    Rutgers Institute for Women's Leadership

    Edith, Blanche, and Irving Laurie Chair 

    Mar. 2016 – Dec. 2017

    Developing a documentary on Women at Rutgers.

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    Black Documentary Collective


    2005 – Present


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    The Faith Project

    Executive Director 

    Sep 2001 – Present

    I founded and run my own non-profit production company.


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    Brown Girls Doc Mafia


    Join us and make docs!


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    Greater New York City Area

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    Greater New York City Area

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    Greater New York City Area