1. Jon Alpert, Producer

    Jon Alpert has won 11 Emmy Awards for news and documentary programs and one National Emmy for sports documentary. Over the past 30 years, he has consistently gained access to behind-the-scenes events of historical significance and interviewed world leaders when other reporters were not allowed. After the Vietnam War, he was part of the first American television crew to film in Vietnam. When Fidel Castro came to address the United Nations in 1979, Alpert and his team were the only non-Cubans allowed access to Castro. After the Gulf War, he was the only reporter to have interviewed Saddam Hussein. More than a hundred of his reports from Vietnam, Cuba, the former Soviet Union, China, Nicaragua, Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, and all parts of the U.S. have been widely broadcast on NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, PBS, ESPN, and Canadian and Japanese major networks. Alpert is the co-founder and co-director of the Downtown Community Television Center, America’s largest and most honored non-profit community media center.

    Alpert’s films include Cuba: The People (1974), Chinatown: Immigrants in America (1976), Vietnam: Picking Up the Pieces (1977), Third Avenue (1980), One Year in a Life of Crime (1987), Rape — Cries from the Heartland (1992), Lock-up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island (1995), Life of Crime-Part 2 (1998), A Cinderella Season — The Lady Vols Fight Back (1998), From Ground Zero to Ground Zero (2002), Papa (2002), and Latin Kings: A Street Gang Story (2003).