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Veteran of public affairs programming at WGBH; Series Producer, 'God in America'
A veteran of public affairs programming at WGBH, Marilyn Mellowes has worked for the station’s three major award-winning series: NOVA, FRONTLINE and American Experience. She developed, produced and wrote the popular four-hour series From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians, which premiered in 1998. Both the series and its website have been used extensively in schools, synagogues, churches and university classrooms.
During the 1980s, Mellowes developed the ongoing PBS history series American Experience and served as its first Series Editor. She developed the series Nixon and produced and wrote the third hour, "The Fall," winner of the Writers Guild Award; Nixon was later re-broadcast as part of the series The Presidents, winner of the Peabody Award. Mellowes served as a co-producer of the four-part series The Kennedys, honored by the British Broadcasting Press Guild Award in 1993.
Mellowes’ additional credits include "Julia! America’s Favorite Chef," broadcast on the award-wining series American Masters; "Castro’s Challenge," broadcast as part of the four-part FRONTLINE series Crisis in Central America, winner of the Peabody Award; Hard Choices, a major PBS series on medical ethics, and the 13-hour landmark series Vietnam: A Television History, which won every major award in broadcast journalism.
In 2005, Mellowes organized the WGBH Conference on Religion and Ethics and later developed the proposed PBS anthology series Belief. More recently, Mellowes was principally responsible for the research and development of the series God in America and has served as the Series Producer.