Elinor Burkett

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Elinor Burkett
Born (1946-10-09) October 9, 1946 (age 70)
Philadelphia, United States
Residence New York City
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Pittsburgh (PhD, Latin American History, 1975)
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (Master's degree, 1988)
Occupation Journalist, author, biographer

Elinor Burkett (born October 9, 1946) is an American journalist, author, film producer, and documentary director.

A film produced by her, Music by Prudence, won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) on March 7, 2010.

Early life and education[edit]

In 1975, Burkett graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a doctorate in Latin American History.[1][2] In 1988, Burkett earned a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[3]

Career[edit]

Burkett was a history professor at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland for 13 years. In a dramatic turn, she gave up her tenure to get a Masters at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[4] She was a staff writer for the Miami Herald from 1988 to 1992[5] and she has been published by leading publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Harper's Bazaar. She has held Fulbright professorships in both Kyrgyzstan and Zimbabwe and received numerous awards and grants for her work as a historian and writer. She also chaired the Department of Journalism of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.[6][7]

She authored her first book in 1993, written with Frank Bruni. In A Gospel of Shame : Children, Sexual abuse and the Catholic Church the pair explored the incidences of Catholic sex abuse cases. Two years later she wrote The Gravest Show on Earth : America in the Age of AIDS. Burkett offerd a scorching criticism of the 'AIDS industry' for greed, self-promotion and putting politics over prevention.[8]

In 1997, she again collaborated with Bruni on Consumer Terrorism : How to Get Satisfaction When You're Being Ripped Off. A year later she collaborated with Susan Molinari on Representative Mom: Balancing Budgets, Bill, and Baby in the U.S. Congress.[9] In the same year she challenged her own liberal feminist beliefs by interviewing conservative women for The Right Women : a Journey through the Heart of Conservative America.[10]

In 2000's The Baby Boon : How Family-Friendly America Cheats the Childless, she attacked the US government and industry for pro-family initiatives that leaves the nation's childless paying the price.[11] A year later she released her study of an American high school, Another Planet : a Year in the Life of a Suburban High School.[12]

In 2004 she wrote So Many Enemies, So Little Time. An American Woman in All the Wrong Places... She related to her time in Kyrgyzstan where she moved in 2001 as a Fulbright Professor teaching journalism at the Kyrgyz-Russo Slavonic University. That same year, in the wake of 9–11, she travelled across all the -stans, as well as Iran, Iraq, Russia, China, Mongolia, and IndoChina.[13]

In 2004 Burkett also co-directed Is It True What They Say About Ann, a documentary about the right-wing commentator Ann Coulter.[14]

Four years later, she wrote her first biography, about the late Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir. In the book Burkett vindicated Meir for her role in the Yom Kippur War, stressing that far greater responsibility lay with the Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Dayan.[15]

A film that she was involved in the production of, Music by Prudence, won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). She was removed from production of the documentary a year earlier, resulting in a lawsuit and out of court settlement. It caused a media frenzy when, in the midst of the televised Oscar ceremony, the 82nd Academy Awards, she interrupted the acceptance speech of producer and director Roger Ross Williams. It was widely touted as the "Kanye Moment" of that year's Oscars, referring to the Kanye West incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Burkett divides her time between New York and her home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where she trains journalists, writes and makes films.[17][18]

Bibliography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Producer[edit]

Director[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.uwyo.edu/ser/_files/docs/conferences/2014/womens-global.pdf.pdf
  2. ^ https://books.google.com/books/about/Early_Colonial_Peru.html?id=q_SBtgAACAAJ&hl=en
  3. ^ http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/news/619
  4. ^ Why Author Considers 'AIDS Industry' Inept Books: Elinor Burkett says too much emphasis is placed on money and not enough on a cure. And, in a nod to critics, she admits the work is venomous. (page 3 of 4) Los Angeles Times. December 10, 1995
  5. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1995-11-27/news/ls-7584_1_author-elinor-burkett
  6. ^ Author (Golda) HarperPerennial. Retrieved on June 27, 2010
  7. ^ Academy Awards: Elinor Burkett '88 produces best documentary short The Journalism School: University of Columbia. March 8, 2010
  8. ^ Why Author Considers 'AIDS Industry' Inept Books: Elinor Burkett says too much emphasis is placed on money and not enough on a cure. And, in a nod to critics, she admits the work is venomous. (page 4 of 4) Los Angeles Times. December 10, 1995
  9. ^ Family Business New York Times. July 12, 1998
  10. ^ THE RIGHT WOMEN New York Times.April 26, 1998
  11. ^ Nonparent trap? Salon. April 6, 2000
  12. ^ ANOTHER PLANET: A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School Book Reporter. Retrieved on June 27, 2010
  13. ^ Bush's Feminist War FrontPage. July 1, 2004
  14. ^ Is It True What They Say About Ann? New York Times. Retrieved on June 27, 2010
  15. ^ How Golda Meir won the Yom Kippur war The Sunday Times. June 22, 2008
  16. ^ Alan Duke (March 10, 2010). "Oscar interrupter says she was wronged". CNN. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  17. ^ Author (Golda) HarperPerennial. Retrieved on June 27, 2010
  18. ^ Academy Awards: Elinor Burkett '88 produces best documentary short The Journalism School: University of Columbia. March 8, 2010

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