Jody Santos

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Jody has reported for television and print news for the last 20 years, and has been producing and directing documentaries for PBS and cable networks like Discovery and the Hallmark Channel since 2000. She has traveled to more than a dozen countries across five continents, documenting everything from the trafficking of girls in Nepal to the reproductive rights of women in Ghana.

Regardless of the medium, Jody's goal has remained the same: to shed light on the social injustices of the day. Her reports often focus on the ways to prevent violence in our communities and beyond. As a special projects producer for NBC in Boston, she was nominated for an Emmy for a special report on an effort to rid the city’s streets of black market guns. Her documentary, No One Left Behind, won a Telly Award last year in the social responsibility category. It was selected from over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

Jody’s latest book, Daring to Feel: Violence, the News Media, and Their Emotions, explores how journalists cover violence and challenges the journalistic mandate of objectivity. Interviewing reporters who have covered some of the worst tragedies in our nation’s history, Jody shows what happens when the news media dare to feel. No longer detached observers, they are free to see violence in all of its emotional complexity.

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