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Tom Casciato is an award-winning filmmaker and television executive.  A producer, director and writer, he has created critically acclaimed nonfiction television programs that have appeared on PBS, ABC, NBC, TBS and Showtime.  His most recent film, with Kathleen Hughes, is “Two American Families,” which premiered on the PBS Frontline series in July of 2013, and was called by Salon “… one of the best and most heartbreaking documentaries” of the year.  He is currently making a documentary about the politics of North Carolina.  Tom worked at WNET from 2006 until early 2012, serving variously as Director of News & Current Affairs and Executive Producer of two PBS series, Wide Angle (nominated for an International Documentary Association Continuing Series award) and the Emmy Award-winning Exposé: America’s Investigative Reports. At WNET he was also the Executive Producer and writer of both the New York Emmy-winning documentary “Fun City Revisited:  The Lindsay Years” and the Emmy-nominated film “In The Footsteps of Marco Polo.” With Kathleen Hughes, he has produced, directed and written many Bill Moyers documentaries, as well as films for PBS’s Frontline, and ABC News’ Turning Point. His films have also been shown on National Geographic’s Explorer series.  In 2011 he served as story consultant on the PBS documentary series Women, War and Peace, which won two Overseas Press Club Awards in 2012.  He co-executive produced Jeffrey Kimball’s 2012 independent film “Birders: The Central Park Effect,” which was acquired and shown by HBO.   He has also served as Senior Producer on two weekly newsmagazines, NOW with Bill Moyers  and Need To Know.  His work has received numerous awards including two national Emmys, a New York Emmy, the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton, the Peabody Award, the Dateline Club’s Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, the Harry Chapin Media Award, the Christopher Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and honorable mention for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.   Tom is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors.  He is a graduate of Stanford University.