Medill Documentary Program Faculty


Brent E. Huffman

Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, writer and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. His work ranges from documentaries aired on Netflix, The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS and Al Jazeera, to Sundance Film Festival premieres, to ethnographic films made for the China Exploration and Research Society.


Craig Duff

Craig Duff is an award-winning video journalist and documentary television director, producer and writer, specializing in multi-platform storytelling and solo journalism. Before joining Medill in 2012, he was the director of multimedia and chief video journalist for TIME, where he oversaw video and other multimedia projects for the magazine’s digital platforms and He and his team at TIME won an Emmy award for new approaches in news and documentary programming for a series he created and produced that explored the stories behind several iconic photographs.


Ava Thompson Greenwell

Since 1993, Prof. Ava Thompson Greenwell has been teaching broadcast writing, reporting and producing classes at Medill for undergraduate and graduate students. During the summer of 2006, she was awarded the Radio Television News Directors' Foundation Educator in the Newsroom Fellowship. The fellowship allowed her to spend four weeks at CBS2 in Chicago where she spent most of her time working on the station's website. Greenwell has served as the school's associate dean, Teaching Television Program director and Crain lecture series moderator.


Sarahmaria Gomez

Sarahmaria Gomez is a multimedia freelance journalist based in Chicago. She is co-owner of Tu Multimedia, an organization that specializes in Internet storytelling through audio, video and photography. Her clients range from grassroots community development groups like to large organizations like the MacArthur Foundation. Before establishing her own organization, Gomez was a reporter at WGEM-TV in Quincy, Ill., and an electronic news journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Gomez is originally from Santa Fe, N.M., and is a journalism graduate of Medill.

Gomez currently runs Media Teens Chicago, a collaboration between Northwestern University’s Medill School and the Gary Comer Youth Center.


Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey is a journalist, documentary producer, lawyer and novelist, as well as co-creator, producer and executive producer of A& E’ s groundbreaking forensic series, Cold Case Files. Michael’ s investigative journalism and documentary work has won multiple Emmys and CableACE awards, numerous national and international film festival awards, a CINE Golden Eagle, as well as an Academy Award nomination for best documentary short.

Michael is also the author of five best-selling crime novels: "The Chicago Way," "The Fifth Floor," "The Third Rail," "We All Fall Down" and "The Innocence Game." His sixth, "The Governor's Wife," will be published by Knopf in 2014.


Beth Bennet

Beth Bennett is Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Journalism at Medill. She is an award-winning producer and reporter with more than 15 years of experience in broadcast television news and video production. Her experience spans many areas of television news, including on-air reporting, studio/booth producing, and field producing. Since leaving the broadcast industry, she has specialized in producing web and tablet-based videos in addition to independent documentary film work.