Jason Spingarn-Koff

Jason Spingarn-Koff is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and media executive. He is Professor of Journalism and Knight Chair of Climate Journalism at UC Berkeley, where he’s working to reinvent how stories about climate change are told. From 2015 – 2022, he served as Director of Original Documentary Programming at Netflix, overseeing more than 100 global films and series, with honors including four Academy Awards for the company.  Formerly the Commissioning Editor for Opinion video at The New York Times, he launched and oversaw Op-Docs, publishing 165 documentary shorts and interactives by independent filmmakers, winning two Emmys and a Peabody Award. As a director, his debut feature Life 2.0 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He is a graduate of Brown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, a former MIT Knight Journalism Fellow, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.