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Janet Tobias

Janet started her film and television career at CBS’ 60 Minutes as Diane Sawyer's associate producer. She then worked as a producer at ABC News’ Prime Time Live, as the editorial producer for ABC’s legal and criminal justice coverage, a national producer at Dateline NBC, and an executive producer at VNI (which became New York Times Television). After working at the networks, she moved to PBS where she produced and directed an award winning four-hour joint Frontline/Nightline project on the juvenile justice system in California, and executive produced the Emmy award winning PBS Life 360. No Place On Earth, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, marked her debut as a theatrical director. In 2004, she co-founded Ikana Health + Media, which uses information, story, technology, and design to improve health outcomes. Ikana also produces high-end television and feature films focused on health issues. Unseen Enemy and Memory Games are Ikana’s latest feature films. Besides the Emmy, her awards include two American Bar Association silver gavel awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, 2 Cine Golden Eagles, 2 Casey medals for meritorious journalism, a National Headliner Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award, and honorable mention Robert F. Kennedy Journalism and Overseas Press awards. In 2013, she was nominated for a writer’s guild for No Place On Earth. Janet is also an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and adjunct research professor of global public health at New York University’s College of Global Public Health.  From 2009 to 2015, she was a member of the Drug Forum of the Institute of Medicine.