photo by Tom Casciato

Kathleen Hughes is an Emmy Award-winning producer, director, writer and television executive.  She recently co-directed Fork Films’ independent feature documentary “The Armor Of Light” with Abigail Disney, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for a 2017 Peabody Award. Vulture called the film “a beautiful, conflicted piece of work.” She produced and directed “Two American Families” with Tom Casciato.  When it premiered on the PBS Frontline series in July of 2013, Variety called it “a potent treaty on the U.S.’ middle class [that] demands to be seen and discussed.” Posted to YouTube in February of 2021, the film had 700,000 views in less than two weeks. From 2008-11 she served as the Executive Producer of WNET’s multi-platform series Blueprint America. At Blueprint she oversaw the creation of reports about America’s crumbling infrastructure for a wide range of public media outlets including PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, Bill Moyers’ Journal, Now on PBS, and Need To KnowBlueprint also created two documentary film specials, “Road To the Future” and “Beyond the Motor City.” Her 90-minute PBS special with Bill Moyers, “Buying The War” was called “one of the most gripping and important pieces of broadcast journalism this year” by the Washington Post, and in 2008 won an Emmy for Best Report In A Newsmagazine. With Tom Casciato she has produced, directed and written many Moyers documentaries, as well as films for PBS’s Frontline and ABC News’ Turning Point. Her work has received numerous awards including two national Emmys, a New York Emmy, the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton, the Gracie Award, the Sidney Hillman Prize, the Dateline Club’s Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, the Harry Chapin Media Award, the Christopher Award, and honorable mention for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Her early television career included a stint as an associate producer for 60 Minutes, and as a producer for the New York programs The Eleventh Hour and Currents. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and received a masters in journalism from Columbia University.