The CUNY J-School will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2017. There are no classes on Nov. 24, but the campus will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bob Sacha

  1. Tow Professor for Visual Journalism

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Bob Sacha is a director, cinematographer, editor, teacher, photographer and, above all, a collaborator on visual journalism projects.

In the summer of 2014, he was named to one of two Tow professorships at the CUNY J-School, established by The Tow Foundation to recognize teachers who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their fields.

He teaches a series of visual journalism classes, including Video Storytelling for the Web, Social Video, and Virtual Reality for Journalism.

In 2014, he shot the video for the Guardian US team project that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a national Emmy for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming,  a Webby, and the first gold medal ever given by the Society for News Design.

He teamed up with Blue Chalk  as the the director of photography for The New York TImes series, Living City, about  New York’s infrastructure. BlindSight, a short documentary about a group of blind photographers that he directed and shot and produced with Kate Emerson, had its world premiere at DOCNYC, the country’s largest documentary festival.

Sacha has also produced video stories for Al Jazeera America Online, Yahoo News, AudubonScience, Apple, the Asia Society, Starbucks, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Open Society Foundation.

For several years he worked as a staff producer and editor at MediaStorm, where his projects were nominated for three national news Emmys and won numerous awards including an Alfred I. duPont- Columbia Award.

He has lectured and taught at the School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography’s New Media Narratives, CAMERA, the Italian Center for Photography, and around the world for National Geographic Expeditions.

In his past lives, he was a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributing photographer at both Life and National Geographic Magazine, and a freelancer for more magazines than remain on newsstands. His work can be seen at bobsacha.com

He graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in psychology and photojournalism and has a master’s in visual communication from Ohio University.