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Judith McCray

Judith McCray is a multiple Emmy award-winning writer, director and producer with more than 25 years of experience in broadcast production and programming.  She has developed and produced award-winning programming examining science and the environment, history, civil and human rights, education, politics, and racism.  Recent public television documentaries include Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County (2016 Chicago/Midwest Region Emmy Award); Colorblind: Rethinking Race (2013 Chicago/Midwest Region Emmy Award), Tal Como Somos (Just As We Are) (2008), Constructing Equality (2006), Nubia and the Mysteries of Kush (2003), Amazon Rising: Seasons of the River (2000), For My People: The Life and Writing of Margaret Walker (1999), and Mississippi, America (1996).

In addition to documentaries, McCray has served as supervising producer for the national cable women’s health series Healthcorner (2003-2004) and the Chicago cable education series CPS Right Now! (2007).  For public television and public radio, she has developed and produced a number of specials addressing senior healthcare, education, race, violence, housing, and human rights.

A former producer and program developer for WTTW (PBS/Chicago) and WNET (PBS/New York), McCray is president and founder of Juneteenth Productions​, which develops and produces documentaries and programming for broadcast and educational media.  Based in Chicago, the company’s documentaries and programs have aired on national public television and radio, and have been distributed internationally for over twenty years.

McCray’s broadcast experience extends into the classroom and mentoring future broadcast professionals.  She taught documentary production and writing as an assistant professor in the Radio-Television Department at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1994-1998).  She currently is an adjunct professor in DePaul University’s College of Communication and Roosevelt University’s Journalism program, and a lecturer in the University of Illinois-Chicago’s graduate School of Public Health.