MacArthur supports the production and distribution of news and documentary programs for television, radio, and the web that help inform the American public about important domestic and international current affairs and policy issues. Read our strategy

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ENewsletter: A Time of Change in the Digital World

A discussion of how the Internet is changing conceptions of intellectual property and the public domain. Read More

Local News

Local News is a cinéma vérité chronicle of the managers, producers, reporters, and film crews at WCNC-TV, a local station in Charlotte, North Carolina. The series begins at a turning point for the station ...

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Ending AIDS: The Search for a Vaccine

Ending AIDS: The Search for a Vaccine asks why an AIDS vaccine has been so elusive, what progress we are making, and what obstacles continue to stump some of the most brilliant scientists in the world ...

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Milking the Rhino

Milking the Rhino examines the deepening conflict between humans and animals in an ever-shrinking world. It is the first major documentary to explore wildlife conservation from the perspective of people who live with wild animals. Shot ...

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"The New Americans" Documentary Film

This 7-part series highlights the diversity of contemporary immigrant experiences through the stories of several families and individuals from different countries seeking new lives in the United States. Read More
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"Farmingville" Documentary Film

"Farmingville", directed by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval, explores the diverse perspectives of the residents of a Long Island town, in the wake of an act of violence against two Mexican day laborers. Read More

John S. Bracken Named Program Officer

MacArthur has named John S. Bracken Program Officer in the General Program, which carries out the Foundations media grantmaking and special initiatives. Read More

No Place to Hide: Our Emerging Surveillance Society

This unique multimedia investigation uncovers in unnerving detail the post-9/11 marriage of private data services and government anti-terror initiatives. Led by Robert O’Harrow, Jr., award-winning reporter for The Washington Post and an associate of ...

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Democracy Afghan Style

Democracy Afghan Style follows the personal stories of two Afghans who face political opposition and physical intimidation as they risk their lives to participate in the future of their country. This feature length documentary tells the ...

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Bringing News From Remote Areas of the World to Global Audiences

MacArthur has announced a grant of $250,000 to the OneWorld International Foundation in support of its online media network. Read More
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Migration Documentary Films

MacArthur’s media grantmaking has supported the production of several documentary films on migration and immigration in the U.S. and around the world. Read More


Portrait of Elspeth A. Revere

Elspeth A. Revere

Vice President, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer

Susan M. Salaba

Program Administrator

Erica Twyman

Program Assistant