ABOUT

 

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Working at a UNHCR camp for refugees fleeing ISIS-controlled Mosul. | Kalak, Iraq | 2015  (Photo by Sachi Cunningham)

Scott Anger is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and photographer whose work focuses on stories around international conflict, food security and the natural environment. Assignments have taken him to more than 50 countries over the past 30 years. Much of his recent work examines U.S. policy challenges in the Middle East from the front lines in Iraq and Syria.

As the first director of video at The Los Angeles Times, Scott developed editorial video strategy for the organization and led a staff of full-time video journalists. After leaving the newspaper, he served as the managing director of The Lost Bird Project, an art-focused, environmental non-profit organization based in New York City.

Scott started his career as an independent photojournalist working on assignment for publications such as TIME, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveller, US News & World Report, The Washington Post, The Associated Press and The Fresno Bee.  Along with his photography he produced audio stories for KQED, National Public Radio, Public Radio International and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

In 1998, Scott joined Voice of America as the bureau chief in Islamabad from where he covered news and events in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. While based in South Asia, he established and staffed one of only five foreign news bureaus that operated full-time under the strict Taliban regime in Kabul.

After the attacks on the United States in 2001, Scott started working with the documentary program FRONTLINE on PBS.  Since then, he has helped make thirteen films for the program, including two that have been awarded the Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Journalism, television’s highest journalism award.

In addition to his current affairs work, Scott has filmed and helped produce seven feature-length documentary films: Home Front (SHOWTIME), Greensboro; Closer to the Truth (PBS/theatrical), Witnesses to a Secret War (PBS), Life in Limbo (independent/theatrical), The Lost Bird Project (independent/theatrical), The Return (independent/theatrical) and Rue des Elephants (independent/theatrical). He has also directed, produced, photographed and edited non-fiction work for clients such as The International Rescue Committee, Starbucks Coffee and the Open Society Foundations.

Scott teaches storytelling and documentary production at workshops by the National Press Photographers Association, Western Kentucky University, Syracuse University and University of California, Los Angeles. He consults with a number of organizations on media strategy, audience engagement and content distribution. Scott has been a panelist and lecturer at a number of industry gatherings including the TriBeca Film Festival, NPPA’s annual Convergence Conference and the British Broadcasting Corporation’s annual company-wide conference in London.

Scott is based in Southern California and is a “studio artist” in residence at the Angels Gate Cultural Center in Los Angeles.