Jacoba Atlas is an award-winning documentarian and broadcast executive. Her extensive list of credits include an Emmy and a Peabody for her work in projects like “Survivors of the Holocaust,” executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
Her other well-known projects include “Dying to Tell the Story” which was shortlisted for an Oscar, and profiles extraordinary women for OWN, hosted by Julia Roberts. She has written, produced and directed seven prime-time PBS documentaries, including: “Too Important to Fail,” which details the education crisis facing Black boys; “A Call to Conscience,” a deconstruction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s pivotal Vietnam Speech; and “Conducting a Life,” a profile of conductor Gustavo Dudamel. From 2000 to 2006, she was head of national content for PBS. For the Turner networks, she wrote and produced the six-part Emmy nominated landmark series, “A Century of Women” about the history of American women in the 20thCentury. The series research and complete interviews are archived at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University. Atlas began her career at NBC News.