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Writer and Media Producer; Program Officer, Education, Media, Arts & Culture, Ford Foundation, New York

Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 2002

John Phillip Santos joined the Ford Foundation in 1997 as a Program Officer in the Media, Arts and Culture Program, where he managed the Foundation’s Media Projects Fund and international initiatives involving new media technologies.


Originally from San Antonio, Santos is a filmmaker, producer, journalist, and writer whose work examines the intersecting issues of media, culture, and identity. He is the producer of From the Airwaves to the Internet, a short history of broadcast news, a former executive producer and director of new program development for Thirteen/WNET and was also a producer of over forty documentaries on culture, religion politics and spirituality for CBS News. Santos is a Rhodes Scholar and holds degrees in English Literature and Language from Oxford University and Philosophy and Literature from the University of Notre Dame. Santos’ family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, published by Viking/Penguin in August 1999 was nominated for the National Book Award.


Photo courtesy the University of Texas at San Antonio
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