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William Gentile

Journalist in Residence
School of Communication

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Director, Backpack Journalism Project
  • Bill Gentile is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker at American University, where he brings 30 years of field experience and professional contacts to the next generation of communicators. In 2008, Gentile traveled with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province. The film he produced and shot, Afghanistan: The Forgotten War, was broadcast by NOW on PBS. Later in the year he shot and produced a story on America’s nursing shortage, also broadcast on PBS. In December C-SPAN broadcast, The White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home, on which he worked as Documentary Consultant. Gentile teaches Photojournalism, Foreign Correspondence and Backpack Documentary.

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  • McKinley - 230

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Partnerships & Affiliations


  • Spring 2016

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

International affairs, conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East, Islamic fundamentalism, Latin America and the Caribbean, foreign correspondence.

Selected Publications

  • Nicaragua, book of photographs made in that Central American nation during the Contra War of the 1980s. Published by W.W. Norton.

Media Appearances

Professional Presentations


Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

“Nurses Needed” and “Afghanistan: The Forgotten War,” stories done for NOW on PBS, named Number 1 and Number 3, respectively, as the top stories broadcast by NOW in 2008.  www.pbs.org/now/shows/442/index.html 






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