I am an independent documentary maker and journalist. I began my television career as a part-time floor director at an Atlanta NBC affiliate and within a few months moved to CNN where I was in on the beginning of the first 24-hour cable news network in 1980. Over my 18 – plus year career at CNN I advanced from Production Assistant to Senior Executive Producer, generating medical, science and technology news, features and documentaries and leading a team of journalists in award-winning programming. I left CNN in 1999 to form my own company, bbarash productions. I produce videos for non-profits, social service agencies and corporations, and I produce my own independent films on issues such as aging, public health and health care, racism and social justice. I write, shoot, produce and direct stories I believe must be told. Winner of 2005 and 2007 CINE Golden Eagle Awards for my independent documentaries Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie and 203 Days, respectively, I have been awarded several journalism fellowships, which have allowed me to study and teach journalism internationally. I am very fortunate that my productions have screened at film festivals around the world.