‘RBG’ director Betsy West to discuss her work as Poynter Fellow

Betsy West with Poynter logo

Betsy West, a renowned video journalist and filmmaker, will talk about the making of her documentary “RBG,” a film about about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 13 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

The event will take place at 8 p.m. in Rm. 207 of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. It is free and open to the public.

West is the Fred W. Friendly Professor Professor of Professional Practice in Media and Society at the Columbia University Journalism School. She joined the faculty in 2009 after working for 30 years in network news. She was a producer and executive at ABC News, where she received 21 Emmy Awards and two duPont-Columbia Awards for her work on the documentary program “Turning Point,” as well as “Nightline” and “PrimeTimeLive.” She previously also served as the senior vice president at CBS News, where she oversaw “60 Minutes” and “48 hours.” She was the lead producer on the CBS documentary “9/11,” which won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2002.

West was also the executive producer of “Lavender Scare,” a documentary from 2017 that focuses on how Cold War fears led to the government’s efforts to strip the American LGBTQ+ community of rights, access, and power. Much of her film work seeks to elevate the stories of marginalized voices.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Elizabeth Kolbert, Dan Diamond, and Susan Glasser.

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