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Emmy-Winner Sarah Holt Delivers 27th Hill Lecture

Sarah HoltEmmy Award-winning science and history documentarian Sarah Holt delivered a presentation on “Turning Complex Science Stories into Compelling Television” at the 27th annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at the University of Tennessee’s McClung Museum Auditorium on April 2 at 8 p.m.

Holt has won three Emmy Awards for her scientific and historical film work: RX for Survival (2006), Shackleton’s Voyage of Endurance (2003), and MacArthur (1999). She has also received three Kavli Science Journalism Awards, presented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and nine additional national honors. (A full list of her documentary awards is provided below).

Holt has produced, directed, written, or edited more than 30 hours of broadcast television. Her work regularly appears on the acclaimed PBS science series, Nova, where she has produced 18 episodes. She has also teamed up with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Education Resources Group to produce such films as The Day the Mesozoic Died and the three-part series, The Making of the Fittest.          

Holt’s latest Nova documentary, Addiction, first aired in October 2018 and explores the science of drug addiction in light of the national opioid crisis. In 2016, she produced, directed, and wrote, Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?, which followed patients attempting to slow or stop the disease after diagnosis.

Her production company, Holt Productions, is based in Boston.

The Hill Lecture series brings distinguished science journalists to campus to share their thoughts on science, society, and the mass media. The lecture series is made possible by an endowment created by Tom Hill and Mary Frances Hill Holton in honor of their parents, Alfred and Julia Hill, founders of The Oak Ridger. The Hill family’s endowment of the lecture series was a gift to the UT School of Journalism & Electronic Media in the College of Communication & Information.

 

SARAH HOLT’S DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

EMMY

2006 - RX for Survival, Outstanding Informational Programming, (PBS)

2003 - Shackleton’s Voyage of Endurance, Best Historical Documentary, (NOVA)

1999 - MacArthur Best Picture, Best Series, (American Experience)

 

AAAS SCIENCE JOURNALISM AWARD

2012 - Cracking Your Genetic Code

2010 - How Memory Works

2002 - 18 Ways to Make a Baby

 

JACKSON HOLE FILM FESTIVAL

2014 - The Day the Mesozoic Died, Finalist, Earth Science, (HHMI)

2012 - The Making of the Fittest, Best Short Program, (HHMI)

 

CINE GOLDEN EAGLE

2012 - Cracking Your Genetic Code

2007 - Ghost in Your Genes

2004 - World in the Balance

 

TELLY AWARD

2013 - The Day the Mesozoic Died (HHMI)

2012 - The Making of the Fittest (HHMI)

 

NATIONAL ACADEMIES KECK AWARD

2012 - Cracking Your Genetic Code (finalist)

2006 - Rise of the Superbug (finalist)