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Kenneth Lauren Burns[1] (born July 29, 1953)[1] is an American filmmaker, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs in documentary films. His widely known documentary series include The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011), The Roosevelts (2014), and The Vietnam War (2017). He was also executive producer of both The West (1996, directed by Stephen Ives), and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015, directed by Barak Goodman).[2] Burns’ documentaries have earned two Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations (each for 1981’s Brooklyn
Bridge and 1985’s Statue Of Liberty) and have won several Emmy Awards, among other honors.[3]


1 Early life and education 2 Florentine Films 3 Career 4 Personal life

4.1 Politics

5 Awards and honors 6 Style 7 Filmography 8 Notes 9 References 10 External links

10.1 Interviews

Early life and education[edit] Burns was born on July 29, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Lyla Smith (née Tupper) Burns,[4] a biotechnician,[5] and Robert Kyle Burns, at the time a graduate student in cultural anthropology at Columbia University
Columbia University
in Manhattan.[4] The documentary filmmaker Ric Burns is his younger brother.[6][7] Burns' academic family moved frequently. Among places they called home were Saint-Véran, France; Newark, Delaware; and Ann Arbor where his father taught at the University of Michigan.[5] Burns' mother was found to have breast cancer when he was three and she died when he was 11,[5] a circumstance that he said helped shape his career; he credited his father-in-law, a psychologist, with a significant insight: "He told me that my whole work was an attempt to make people long gone come back alive."[5] Well-read as a child, he absorbed the family encyclopedia, preferring history to fiction. Upon receiving an 8 mm film
8 mm film
movie camera for his 17th birthday, he shot a documentary about an Ann Arbor factory. He graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor in 1971.[8] Turning down reduced tuition at the University of Michigan, he attended Hampshire College, an alternative school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where students are graded through narrative evaluations rather than letter grades and where students create self-directed academic concentrations instead of choosing a traditional major.[5] He worked in a record store to pay his tuition. Studying under photographers Jerome Liebling, Elaine Mayes and others, Burns earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in film studies and design[9] in 1975.[5] Florentine Films[edit] In 1976, Burns, Elaine Mayes, and college classmate Roger Sherman founded a production company called Florentine Films in Walpole, New Hampshire. The company's name was borrowed from Mayes' hometown of Florence, Massachusetts. Another Hampshire College
Hampshire College
student, Buddy Squires, was invited to succeed Mayes as a founding member one year later,[10][11] and the trio were later joined by a fourth member, Lawrence "Larry" Hott. Hott, who did not actually matriculate at Hampshire, but worked on films there, had begun his career as an attorney, having attended nearby Western New England Law School.[10] Each member works independently, but release their content under the shared name of Florentine Films.[12] As such, their individual "subsidiary" companies include Ken Burns
Ken Burns
Media, Sherman Pictures, and Hott Productions. Burns' oldest child, Sarah, is also currently an employee of the company.[13] Career[edit] Burns worked as a cinematographer for the BBC, Italian television, and others, and in 1977, having completed some documentary short films, he began work on adapting David McCullough's book The Great Bridge, about the construction of the Brooklyn
Bridge.[9] Developing a signature style of documentary filmmaking in which he "adopted the technique of cutting rapidly from one still picture to another in a fluid, linear fashion [and] then pepped up the visuals with 'first hand' narration gleaned from contemporary writings and recited by top stage and screen actors",[14] he made the feature documentary Brooklyn
Bridge (1981), which earned an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Documentary and ran on PBS
in the United States. Following another documentary, The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (1984), Burns was Oscar-nominated again for The Statue of Liberty (1985). Burns frequently collaborates with author and historian Geoffrey Ward, notably on documentaries such as The Civil War, Jazz, Baseball, and the 10 part TV series The Vietnam War (aired September 2017). Burns has gone on to a long, successful career directing and producing well-received television documentaries and documentary miniseries on subjects as diverse as arts and letters (Thomas Hart Benton, 1988); mass media (Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio, 1991); sports (Baseball, 1994, updated with 10th Inning, 2010); politicians (Thomas Jefferson, 1997); music (Jazz, 2001); literature (Mark Twain, 2001); war (the 15-hour World War II
World War II
documentary The War, 2007); environmentalism (The National Parks, 2009); and the Civil War (the 11-hour The Civil War, 1990, which All Media Guide
All Media Guide
says "many consider his 'chef d'oeuvre'").[14] According to a 2017 piece in the New Yorker, Burns and his company, Florentine Films, have selected topics for documentaries slated for release by 2030. These topics include country music, the Mayo Clinic, Muhammad Ali, Ernest Hemingway, the American Revolution, Lyndon B. Johnson, Barack Obama, Winston Churchill, the American criminal justice system, and African-American
history from the Civil War to the Great Migration.[15] Personal life[edit] In 1982, Burns married Amy Stechler, with whom he had two daughters, Sarah and Lily;[9] the marriage ended in divorce in 1993. As of 2017, Burns resides in Walpole, New Hampshire, with his second wife, Julie Deborah Brown,[16] whom he married on October 18, 2003. She is the founder of the non-profit Room to Grow which aids soon-to-be parents living in poverty.[16] They have two daughters, Olivia and Willa Burns. Burns is a descendant of Johannes de Peyster Sr. through Dr. Gerardus Clarkson, an American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
physician from Philadelphia, and he is a distant relative of Scottish poet Robert Burns.[17][18] In 2014 Burns appeared in Henry Louis Gates's Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
where he discovered startling news that he is a descendant of a slave owner from the Deep South, in addition to having a lineage which traces back to Colonial Americans of Loyalist
allegiance during the American Revolution.[19] Politics[edit] Burns is a longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, with almost $40,000 in political donations.[20] In 2008, the Democratic National Committee chose Burns to produce the introductory video for Senator Edward Kennedy's August 2008 speech to the Democratic National Convention, a video described by Politico
as a "Burns-crafted tribute casting him [Kennedy] as the modern Ulysses bringing his party home to port."[21][22] In August 2009, Kennedy died, and Burns produced a short eulogy video at his funeral. In endorsing Barack Obama
Barack Obama
for the U.S. presidency in December 2007, Burns compared Obama to Abraham Lincoln.[23] He said he had planned to be a regular contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann
Countdown with Keith Olbermann
on Current TV.[24] Awards and honors[edit]

Burns with the Peabody Award
Peabody Award
for The Central Park Five
The Central Park Five
in 2014

1982 nomination, Academy Award
Academy Award
for Documentary Feature: Brooklyn Bridge (1981); 1986 nomination, Academy Award
Academy Award
for Documentary Feature: The Statue of Liberty (1985); 1995 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Informational Series: Baseball (1994); 2010 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Non-fiction Series: The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009).

The Civil War received more than 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards (one for Best Traditional Folk Album), the Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, a People's Choice Award, a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, a D. W. Griffith Award, and the $50,000 Lincoln Prize.[25][26][27] In 2004, Burns received the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.[28] As of 2010, there is a Ken Burns
Ken Burns
Wing at the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography and Video at Hampshire College.[29] In 2012, Burns received the Washington University International Humanities
Medal.[30] The medal, awarded biennially and accompanied by a cash prize of $25,000, is given to honor a person whose humanistic endeavors in scholarship, journalism, literature, or the arts have made a difference in the world. Past winners include Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk in 2006, journalist Michael Pollan in 2008, and novelist and nonfiction writer Francine Prose in 2010.[31] In 2013, Burns received the John Steinbeck Award, an award presented annually by Steinbeck's eldest son, Thomas, in collaboration with the John Steinbeck Family Foundation, San Jose State University, and The National Steinbeck Center.[32] Burns was the Grand Marshal
Grand Marshal
for the 2016 Pasadena Tournament of Roses' Rose Parade
Rose Parade
on New Year's Day in Pasadena, California.[33] The National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities
selected Burns to deliver the 2016 Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities, on the topic of race in America.[34] In 2016, he also gave a commencement speech for Stanford University criticizing Donald Trump.[35] He was the 2017 recipient of The Nichols-Chancellor's Medal at Vanderbilt University.[36] Style[edit] Burns frequently incorporates simple musical leitmotifs or melodies. For example, The Civil War features a distinctive violin melody throughout, "Ashokan Farewell", which was performed for the film by its composer, fiddler Jay Ungar. One critic noted, "One of the most memorable things about The Civil War was its haunting, repeated violin melody, whose thin, yearning notes seemed somehow to sum up all the pathos of that great struggle."[37] Burns often gives life to still photographs by slowly zooming in on subjects of interest and panning from one subject to another. For example, in a photograph of a baseball team, he might slowly pan across the faces of the players and come to rest on the player who is the subject of the narrator. This technique, possible in many professional and home software applications, is termed "The Ken Burns effect" in Apple's iPhoto, iMovie and Final Cut Pro X
Final Cut Pro X
software applications. Burns stated in a 2009 interview that he initially declined to have his name associated with the software because of his stance to refuse commercial endorsements. However, Apple chief Steve Jobs negotiated to give Burns Apple equipment, which Burns donated to nonprofit organizations.[38] As a museum retrospective noted, "His PBS
specials [are] strikingly out of step with the visual pyrotechnics and frenetic pacing of most reality-based TV programming, relying instead on techniques that are literally decades old, although Burns reintegrates these constituent elements into a wholly new and highly complex textual arrangement."[9] In a 2011 interview, Burns stated that he admires and is influenced by filmmaker Errol Morris.[39] Filmography[edit]

Bridge (1981)[a] The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (1984)[a] The Statue of Liberty (1985)[a] Huey Long (1985)[a] The Congress (1988)[a] Thomas Hart Benton (1988)[a] The Civil War (1990)[a] Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991) Baseball (1994), updated with The Tenth Inning (2010) Thomas Jefferson (1997) Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997) Frank Lloyd Wright, with Lynn Novick
Lynn Novick
(1998) Not For Ourselves Alone: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (1999) Jazz (2001) Mark Twain (2001) Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (2003) Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2005) The War (2007) The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009) Prohibition, with Lynn Novick
Lynn Novick
(2011)[40] The Dust Bowl (2012)[41] The Central Park Five
The Central Park Five
(2012)[42] Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit (2013)[43] The Address (2014) The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014)[42][44] Jackie Robinson (2016)[45] Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016)[46] The Vietnam War (2017)[47] (with Lynn Novick)

Future releases

Play media

Conversation with Ken Burns
Ken Burns
about The Vietnam War . Video by the LBJ Library

Country Music (2019)[48] Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway
(2020)[49] Stand-up Comedy (TBA)[50]

Ken Burns
Ken Burns
– Executive producer

The West (1996) (directed by Stephen Ives) Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015)[2] (directed by Barak Goodman)

Short films

William Segal (1992) Vezelay (1996) In the Marketplace (2000)

Film roles

Gettysburg (1993)—Hancock's staff officer

TV Series

The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project
- Season 3, episode 11 ("Christmas") - as himself


^ a b c d e f g Listed as 'Kenneth Lauren Burns'.


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Biography (1953–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved August 19, 2011.  ^ a b Genzlinger, Neil (March 27, 2015). "Review: In 'Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,' Battling an Opportunistic Killer". New York Times. Retrieved March 31, 2015.  ^ "About the filmmakers". PBS.org. Retrieved July 12, 2017.  ^ a b "Ken Burns". Encyclopedia of World Biography via BookRags.com. n.d.  ^ a b c d e f Walsh, Joan (n.d.). "Good Eye: The Interview With Ken Burns". San Francisco Focus. KQED via Online-Communicator.com. Archived from the original on September 22, 2011.  ^ "Ken Burns". biography at FlorentineFilms.com. n.d. Archived from the original on May 17, 2016.  ^ Wadler, Joyce (November 17, 1999), PUBLIC LIVES; No Civil War, but a Brotherly Indifference, The New York Times, retrieved November 4, 2016  ^ Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation, Ann Arbor Public Schools Alumni (accessed October 29, 2013). ^ a b c d Edgerton, Gary (n.d.). "Burns, Ken: U.S. Documentary Film Maker". The Museum of Broadcast Communications. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011.  ^ a b "The Florentine Four: Ken Burns
Ken Burns
and Partners Look Back on 30 Years of Documentary Production". International Documentary Association. Retrieved September 19, 2017.  ^ "Outstanding Documentary Achievement in Cinematography Award: The Visual Poet: Buddy Squires". International Documentary Association. Retrieved September 19, 2017.  ^ "Florentine Films - Burns, Hott, Sherman & Squires". florentinefilms.com. Retrieved September 18, 2017.  ^ "The Filmmakers - Ken Burns". Ken Burns. Retrieved September 19, 2017.  ^ a b Erickson, Hal. " Ken Burns
Ken Burns
biography". All Media Guide
All Media Guide
/ Baseline / The New York Times. Retrieved September 22, 2011. . This single source gives two birthplaces. Under the header list, it reads "Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA." In the prose biography, it reads "Brooklyn-born Ken Burns..." ^ Parker, Ian (September 4, 2017). "Ken Burns's American Canon". New Yorker. Retrieved October 5, 2017.  ^ a b "Weddings/Celebrations; Julie Brown, Ken Burns". The New York Times. October 19, 2003. Archived from the original on October 5, 2011.  ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, PBS, October 7, 2014 ^ "Studio360: Nerding Out with Ken Burns, 13:50".  ^ Whitall, Susan (September 23, 2014). "Henry Louis Gates probes celebs' origins on PBS". The Detroit News. Retrieved August 26, 2015.  ^ "Ken Burns's Federal Campaign Contribution Report". Newsmeat. Archived from the original on August 15, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2011.  ^ M.E. Sprengelmeyer (August 24, 2008). "Filmmaker Ken Burns
Ken Burns
behind documentary tribute to Sen. Ted Kennedy". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on May 3, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2009.  ^ Rogers, David (August 26, 2008). "Ailing Kennedy: 'The dream lives on'". Politico. Retrieved June 19, 2011.  ^ MacGillis, Alec (December 18, 2007). " Ken Burns
Ken Burns
Compares Obama to Lincoln". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 19, 2011.  ^ Guthrie, Marisa (May 11, 2011). "Michael Moore to Be a Contributor on Keith Olbermann's New Show". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 19, 2011.  ^ The Civil War, retrieved September 19, 2017  ^ "Nonesuch Records The Civil War [Soundtrack]". Nonesuch Records Official Website. Retrieved September 19, 2017.  ^ "About the Series The Civil War PBS". www.pbs.org. Retrieved September 19, 2017.  ^ "National Winners public service awards". Jefferson Awards.org. Retrieved December 25, 2013.  ^ " Hampshire College
Hampshire College
– The Ken Burns
Ken Burns
Wing". Kuhn Riddle Architects. 2010. Archived from the original on September 22, 2011.  ^ " Ken Burns
Ken Burns
Recognized for Epic Contributions to the Humanities", Washington Magazine, February 2013. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2016.  ^ " Ken Burns
Ken Burns
to Receive Steinbeck Award". SJSU News. Retrieved December 25, 2013.  ^ Cormaci, Carol (November 10, 2015). "Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns named 2016 Rose Parade
Rose Parade
grand marshal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 12, 2016.  ^ Manly, Lorne (January 18, 2016). " Ken Burns
Ken Burns
to Discuss Race in Jefferson Lecture". The New York Times. Retrieved March 12, 2016.  ^ Gladnick, P. J. (June 13, 2016). " Ken Burns
Ken Burns
Politicizes Commencement Speech With Anti-Trump Rant". Media Research Center. Retrieved July 20, 2016.  ^ "Follow the better angels of your nature, grads are told".  ^ Kamiya, Gary (n.d.). "Shame and Glory: The West holds a mirror before the double face of a nation". Salon.com. Archived from the original on April 13, 2009.  ^ Allen, Austin. "Big Think Interview with Ken Burns". Big Think. Retrieved April 23, 2014.  ^ Bragg, Meredith; Gillespie, Nick (October 3, 2011). " Ken Burns
Ken Burns
on PBS
Funding, Being a 'Yellow-Dog Democrat,' & Missing Walter Cronkite". Reason. Archived from the original on May 3, 2012.  ^ "Prohibition". PBS.org. 2011. Archived from the original on May 3, 2012.  ^ " Ken Burns
Ken Burns
Seeking Dustbowl Stories". OETA. Archived from the original on September 6, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2011.  ^ a b "Introduction". FlorentineFilms.com. n.d. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013.  ^ The World Premiere of Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit Archived October 23, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Yosemite Conservancy Retrieved October 21, 2013. ^ Moore, Frazier (September 10, 2014). "PBS' 'The Roosevelts' portrays an epic threesome". AP News. Retrieved September 10, 2014.  ^ Cladwell, Evita (May 14, 2014). "Filmmaker Ken Burns
Ken Burns
discusses upcoming projects, Wash U commencement speech, more". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved August 26, 2015.  ^ "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War; A new film directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky". Retrieved September 16, 2016.  ^ "Vietnam". Ken Burns
Ken Burns
media. August 26, 2015.  ^ "Upcoming Films". Ken Burns
Ken Burns
Media, LLC. Retrieved July 6, 2017.  ^ "Ernest Hemingway". Ken Burns
Ken Burns
Media, LLC. Retrieved July 6, 2017.  ^ Gilbert, Josh (May 18, 2015). "Filmmaker Ken Burns
Ken Burns
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Bridge (1981) The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (1984) The Statue of Liberty (1985) Huey Long (1985) The Congress (1988) Thomas Hart Benton (1988) The Civil War (1990) Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991) Baseball (1994) Thomas Jefferson (1997) Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997) Frank Lloyd Wright (1998) Not for Ourselves Alone
Not for Ourselves Alone
(1999) Jazz (2001) Mark Twain (2001) Horatio's Drive (2003) Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004) The War (2007) The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009) The Tenth Inning (2010) Prohibition (2011) The Dust Bowl (2012) The Central Park Five
The Central Park Five
(2012) Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit (2013) The Address (2014) The Roosevelts (2014) Jackie Robinson (2016) Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016) The Vietnam War (2017)


The West (1996) Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015)


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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Spoken Word Album


Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
– The Best of the Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
Shows (1959) Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
Lincoln Portrait (1960) Robert Bialek (producer) – FDR Speaks (1961) Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
– Humor in Music (1962) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
– The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton (1963) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(playwright) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1964) That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was
Tribute to John F. Kennedy (1965) Goddard Lieberson
Goddard Lieberson
(producer) – John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him (1966) Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
- A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years (1967) Everett Dirksen
Everett Dirksen
– Gallant Men (1968) Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
– Lonesome Cities (1969) Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
& Diane Linkletter – We Love You Call Collect (1970) Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
– Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam (1971) Les Crane
Les Crane
– Desiderata (1972) Bruce Botnick (producer) – Lenny performed by the original Broadway cast (1973) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974) Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
– Good Evening (1975) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
(1976) Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
- Great American Documents (1977) Julie Harris – The Belle of Amherst
The Belle of Amherst
(1978) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
– Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare


Pat Carroll – Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein
(1981) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
(1982) Tom Voegeli (producer) – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Movie on Record performed by Various Artists (1983) William Warfield
William Warfield
Lincoln Portrait (1984) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
– The Words of Gandhi (1985) Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1986) Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins
and Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips
– Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions (1987) Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
Lake Wobegon Days (1988) Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
– Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
(1989) Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
– It's Always Something (1990) George Burns
George Burns
– Gracie: A Love Story (1991) Ken Burns
Ken Burns
– The Civil War (1992) Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Robert O'Keefe – What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS (1993) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
On the Pulse of Morning
On the Pulse of Morning
(1994) Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins
– Get in the Van (1995) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
– Phenomenal Woman (1996) Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
It Takes a Village (1997) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
– Charles Kuralt's Spring (1998) Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
Still Me
Still Me
(1999) LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
– The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.


Sidney Poitier, Rick Harris & John Runnette (producers) – The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2001) Quincy Jones, Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) and Elisa Shokoff (producer) – Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2002) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
and Charles B. Potter (producer) – A Song Flung Up to Heaven / Robin Williams, Nathaniel Kunkel (engineer/mixer) and Peter Asher (producer) – Live 2002 (2003) Al Franken
Al Franken
and Paul Ruben (producer) – Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2004) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
– My Life (2005) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father
Dreams from My Father
(2006) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis / Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
- With Ossie and Ruby (2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and Jacob Bronstein (producer) – The Audacity of Hope (2008) Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
and Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
– An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Al Gore
(2009) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
– Always Looking Up (2010) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
– The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
Presents Earth (The Audiobook) (2011) Betty White
Betty White
– If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2012) Janis Ian
Janis Ian
– Society's Child (2013) Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
– America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't (2014) Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
– Diary of a Mad Diva (2015) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
– In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (2017) Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist

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Grant Tinker
Grant Tinker
(1985) Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
(1986) Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
(1987) David Brinkley
David Brinkley
(1988) Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
(1989) Jim Henson
Jim Henson
(1990) Brandon Tartikoff
Brandon Tartikoff
(1991) Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
(1992) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1993) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
(1994) Ted Turner
Ted Turner
(1995) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1996) Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
(1997) Roone Arledge (1998) Norman Lear
Norman Lear
(1999) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
(2000) Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar
(2001) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(2002) Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
(2003) Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
(2004) Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(2005) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(2006) Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(2007) Lorne Michaels
Lorne Michaels
(2008) Betty White
Betty White
(2009) James Garner
James Garner
(2010) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2011) David Letterman
David Letterman
(2012) Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters
(2013) James Burrows (2014) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(2015) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(2016) Ken Burns
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