2003 Recipients: Television
AAAS Science Journalism Awards
In 1987, Renata Simone developed the first national television series on the AIDS pandemic, The AIDS Quarterly, hosted by Peter Jennings and produced for PBS by WGBH Boston. The series and its successor, The Health Quarterly, explored in-depth the political, medical, scientific, and human dimensions of the AIDS crisis. Simone served as executive editor and executive producer for the series, and was executive producer for the PBS documentary AIDS Research: The Story So Far. Simone has covered AIDS in the Caribbean, Poland, France, the U.K., Hong Kong, and several African countries including Uganda, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Botswana, and Mozambique.
Most recently, she produced and reported a short documentary on SARS in Hong Kong and Guandong Province, China for the PBS series, FRONTLINE-World.
As an independent filmmaker, she wrote and produced an hour long documentary about AIDS in Poland, and A Whale of a Business for PBS’s FRONTLINE. In commercial television, she produced a 90-minute live special for children on ABC called, Growing Up in the Age of AIDS and a 30-minute documentary on the first use of protease inhibitors for ABC’s NIGHTLINE. She also served as executive producer ofDocumentary Development at the Sundance Institute.
Simone is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Emmy, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award, and the George Foster Peabody Award. Prior to her work in television, she earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Harvard University. She is currently a producer for WGBH National Productions, where she developed AIDS: A Television History.