Van Dora Williams
Affiliated with Broadcast Media Production, Division of Communication and Creative Media, Filmmaking, Game Sound Design, Sonic Arts
Biography

A multi-award winning producer and writer, Van Dora Williams worked in the journalism field for over 30 years. She produced award-winning stories in all media platforms: print, television, radio, and the web. She has a passion for producing historical documentaries and teaching writing and production courses.

Much of Dr. Williams's work was done as a PBS senior producer and reporter. Her work has covered topics in history, the environment, politics, education, religion, public affairs, and community issues. Her international reporting from West Africa earned many local, state, regional, and national awards, including the coveted EMMY. She has worked for local news stations, PBS, NPR, Public Radio International (PRI), as well as being a freelance producer and writer in West Africa.

Before Champlain College, Williams was an associate professor at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She earned the PhD in Communication in 2017. Her dissertation was a historical study on the impact of the film Birth of a Nation in two major cities in Virginia.

Professional Associations
  • Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
  • New England Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Vermont Association of Broadcasters
Recent Works
  • Citizen King

Publications:

  • April 2017, Growing Resistance: Virginia's Response to Birth of a Nation, 1915-1925

Exhibitions:

  • Feb 2018, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Feb 2008, Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings
Quote

It is always an honor for me to work with such talented young people, on a beautiful campus in a gorgeous state.