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Emma Cott

Berkeley, CA US
Available for Full Time
Available for Freelance
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Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker and Educator


Emma Cott is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who has produced work across the United States, and in Latin America and South Asia. She spent a decade as a video journalist on staff with The New York Times, where she reported and produced visual journalism across a broad coverage range, from an investigation of a rising leader in the far right, to an explainer of the way Pfizer makes its Covid-19 vaccine. Her work at the Times won numerous awards, including two Picture of the Year Awards (POYi) for a series on the future of robotics, a Human Rights Press Award for a video about Indias crackdown on Muslim citizens, and a Front Page Award for an investigation into misleading advertising by a chain of anti-abortion centers. Before joining the NYT, Emma worked in documentary film in the Bay Area and New York City. She spent nearly a year embedded in the emergency department of Oaklands public hospital for the Oscar-shortlisted documentary, The Waiting Room. She has also worked on several films for PBS, including a digital project about women trailblazers called MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and Frontlines The Suicide Plan, an Emmy-nominated exploration of the underground world of assisted suicide. She currently teaches short form documentary at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.