KRISTINA BORJESSON BIOGRAPHY
An award-winning print and broadcast journalist
for more than twenty years, Kristina Borjesson is noted for taking unusual,
exceptionally incisive approaches to the subjects she examines. Her second
book, Feet to the Fire: The Media
After 9/11: Top Journalists Speak Out was released in October 2005
(Prometheus Books). In a series of
candid conversations with Borjesson, a who’s who of leading journalists
(national security and intelligence reporters, war correspondents, etc.) and
news executives examine their post 9/11 performances and their interactions
with U.S. government leaders and institutions.
In broadcasting, Borjesson most recently
line-produced a documentary about the American press titled USA Media Blues
for the French network, ARTE.
The revised and expanded paperback edition of
Borjesson’s last book, Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the
Myth of a Free Press
(Prometheus Books) was released in October 2004 and won the 2005
Independent Publishers Book Award for Best Book in the Current Events
category. The hardback edition of
BUZZSAW was awarded the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press
Criticism and was selected by the New York Public Library’s Books to Remember
Committee as one of the twenty-five most extraordinary titles of 2002. A bestseller overseas, BUZZSAW garnered
critical acclaim in Europe and Canada.
In Quebec, Elle magazine selected Borjesson as their Woman of the
Year in Journalism. Borjesson speaks internationally about issues surrounding
American society, investigative reporting, and the press.
Prior to publishing books, Borjesson was well
established in television, producing lead segments for CNN’s NewsStand
show, including investigative programs on the unethical business practices of
Hollywood’s talent agents and managers.
Before that, she produced for CBS network’s CBS Reports
documentary unit, where she won an Emmy and a Murrow award for her
investigative reporting on the hour, CBS
Reports: Legacy of Shame (an update of Edward R. Murrow’s signature
piece, Harvest of Shame).
The following year, she was Emmy-nominated for CBS Reports: The Last Revolutionary, a film biography of Cuba’s Fidel Castro.
Borjesson also contributed in-depth, original reporting on the TWA 800 crash to
CBS’s Evening News and developed stories for 60 Minutes. For
PBS’s Frontline, she field produced the Emmy-nominated documentary, Showdown in Haiti. She also produced Living with Crocodiles for National
Geographic Explorer while developing, acquiring and distributing programming
for the National Geographic Society’s Television Division. As Series
Co-Producer for On Television, a 13-part series for PBS examining
television’s role in American society, Borjesson re-edited the hour, On Television: Public Trust or Private
Property? and developed another hour, On
Television: Teach the Children. Prior to that, Borjesson was Director of
Research and Production Manager for the award winning PBS film biography, Thomas
Merton, about the Trappist monk and renowned social critic. Borjesson was an elected class
representative and elected member of the Research Committee at Columbia
University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she earned her master’s
degree. She received her bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Boston
University’s School of Public Communication.
Borjesson was reared in Haiti and speaks fluent French, Spanish and