Jon Else

Professor and North Gate Chair in Journalism  |   510-642-7392  |   E-Mail

Jon Else produced and directed the documentaries “The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb,” “Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven,” “A Job at Ford’s” part of the PBS series “The Great Depression,” “Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature,” “Sing Faster: The Stagehands’ Ring Cycle,” and “Open Outcry.” He was series producer and cinematographer for “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years.” Else served as cinematographer on documentaries for PBS, BBC, ABC, MTV and HBO, including the BBC/PBS “History of Rock and Roll,” the Paramount/MTV feature documentary “Tupac: Resurrection” and “Afghanistan: Hell of a Nation,” and numerous commercials and music videos. His feature documentary, "Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic" premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Else was a MacArthur Fellow and has won four National Emmys, several Alfred I. DuPont and Peabody awards, the Prix Italia, the Sundance Special Jury Prize and Sundance Filmmaker's Trophy, as well as several Academy Award Nominations. Else received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley and his master's degree in communication from Stanford University.

Published Stories & Highlights:

The Museum of Attempted Suicide
The San Francisco Chronicle

For The San Francisco Chronicle, Professor Jon Else considers the legacy of atomic testing ruins at the Nevada Test Site.

Around Kabul by Submarine
The San Francisco Chronicle

For The San Francisco Chronicle, Professor Jon Else covers a visit to Kabul in which he worked on a documentary about Afghanistan's new constitution.

Tupac: Resurrection
New York Times Movies

For New York Times Movies, Professor Jon Else covers a documentary on which he served as director of photoraphy.

The Man Who Gave Us the Bomb
San Francisco Chronicle

In an article that originally was published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Professor Jon Else writes on the man who invented the atomic bomb.

Other Works:

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