Formerly a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard and a television producer, DANNY SCHECHTER has made waves in the mainstream and alternative media for more than 30 years. Called the "alternative Walter Cronkite," he has witnessed and participated in the history-making events of our age, from the founding of the Yippies in 1967, to Nelson Mandela's triumphant presidential election in 1994, for which Schechter was designated the exclusive filmmaker, to the Media and Democracy Congress of 1996, which he helped organize, to his most recent television production, Rights & Wrongs, which aired weekly on over 150 PBS and cable outlets nationwide. His many TV specials and films, including Beyond Life: Timothy Leary Lives (1997), Seeds of Peace (1996), The Prisoners of Hope (1996), Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa (1994), narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard, Sarajevo Ground Zero (1993), The Living Canvas (1992), narrated by Billy Dee Williams, Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992, with Barbara Kopple), Mandela in America (1990), and The Making of Sun City (1990).
For eight years a producer at ABC's 20/20, where he won two National News Emmys, Schechter has reported from 45 countries and lectured at many schools and universities. He is co-founder and executive producer at Globalvision, a New York-based television and film company now in its eleventh year, where he produced 156 editions of the award-winning series South Africa Now and co-produced Right & Wrongs: Human Rights Television with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. His articles on the media appear regularly in leading national publications. He lives in New York City.