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Title:Senior Executive Producer and Director of WGBH
Name:Paula S. Apsell


Paula Apsell first began her work in broadcast typing the public broadcaster WGBH Boston’s daily logs, a job, shenotes, is now mercifully automated.  While at WGBH-FM, her next move, shedeveloped the award-winning children’s drama series The Spider’sWeb and served as an on-air radio news producer. She then joinedWGBH’s pioneering science documentary series NOVA, producing among severalother programs Death of a Disease, the first long-formdocumentary about the worldwide eradication of smallpox. Moving to WCVB, theABC affiliate in Boston, she became senior producer for medical programming, workingwith Dr. Timothy Johnson. She then spent a year at MIT as a Knight ScienceJournalism Fellow until she took over the leadership of NOVA, where she isnow Senior ExecutiveProducer and Director of the WGBH Science Unit. She is a recipient of the Pro BonoHumanum Award presented by the  GalienFoundation;  BradfordWashburn Award from the Museum of Science, Boston; the CarlSagan Award given by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents; theAmerican Institute of Physics Andrew Gemant Award and the PlanetarySociety’s Cosmos Award among many others. She has served on the board ofthe Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the Brandeis UniversitySciences Advisory Committee and the International DocumentaryAssociation.