Bill Gentile


Bill Gentile is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker teaching at American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. His career spans four decades, five continents and nearly every facet of journalism and mass communication. He is the winner of two national Emmy Awards and was nominated for two others. He is a pioneer of "backpack video journalism" and author of the highly acclaimed "Essential Video Journalism Field Manual" and its Spanish-language version, "Manual Esencial de Produccion Video Periodismo." His memoir, "Wait for Me, True Stories of War, Love and Rock & Roll," will be available in June 2021 via Amazon and other outlets worldwide.

Gentile teaches the first-ever Spanish-language class at AU's School of Communication (SOC), "Backpack Documentary en Español." He is the director, executive producer and host of the documentary series, FREELANCERS with Bill Gentile. He helped found, and is the faculty advisor of, the AU chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the organization's first student chapter in the nation's capital.

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