Jon Else

Jon Else

School of Journalism
(415) 279-8962
Research Expertise and Interest
directing, history, film, journalism, writing, documentary, producing, cinematography, nuclear weapons
Research Description

Jon Else, a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, is best known for his documentary, "The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb," as well "Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven" and "A Job At Ford's," part of the PBS series "The Great Depression." He produced and directed "Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation Of Nature," Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle" and most recently, "Open Outcry." He was series producer and cinematographer for Henry Hampton's legendary "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years," and has shot hundreds of documentaries for PBS, the BBC, ABC and HBO, including the BBC/PBS "History Of Rock And Roll," "Who Are The DeBolts?" (Academy Award 1976), "Afghanistan: Hell of a Nation," and the  Paramount/MTV feature documentary, "Tupac Resurrection". Else was a MacArthur Fellow from 1988 to 1993, and has won four National Emmys (for writing, producing, directing, and cinematography), several Columbia-DuPont and Peabody Awards as well as several Academy Award nominations, the Prix Italia, the Sundance Special Jury Prize and Sundance Filmmaker's Trophy. He graduated from the University of California in 1968, and earned a Master's in Communication from Stanford in 1974. He has just completed "Wonders Are Many," a new film about nuclear weapons.

Else is the author of "True South: Henry Hampton and 'Eyes on the Prize'" (Viking 2017)

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