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.

Medill Video Faculty


Beth Bennett

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.



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.


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.



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.