Jody Santos is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. She 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 Health 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, her goal has remained the same: to shed light on the social injustices of the day. Her reports often focus on the issue of violence against women and children and ways to prevent violence in our communities. As a special projects producer for Boston’s NBC news affiliate, she was nominated for an Emmy for a special report on an effort to rid the city’s streets of black market guns. In 2003, she won a Telly award for a public television documentary on the rights of women in Third World countries. Her latest book, "Daring to Feel: Violence, the News Media, and Their Emotions," has been hailed as a “beautifully written tribute to the passion of journalists and the heart-wrenching stories they cover.”
Over the years, Santos has appeared on National Public Radio, Unsolved Mysteries, and other news outlets to defend her writings and weigh in on important current events. She teaches broadcast journalism, video editing, and television production at Springfield College.