Journalist in Residence; director of the Backpack Journalism Project and professor of Film and Media Arts
Area of Expertise:
International affairs; photojournalism; conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East, Islamic fundamentalism, Latin America and the Caribbean; foreign correspondence; backpack documentary; social documentary; .
Bill Gentile 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