Sharon La Cruise, a producer and director, has worked in television and film for twenty years, both in the corporate and production aspects of the business. She began her television career with ABC Primetime sales, working closely with the account executives and advertising agencies. She has worked for Firelight Media, Roja Productions, The Faith Project, Blackside Inc, The Coca-Cola Company, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and the Cable News Network (CNN). She has worked on: Shut up & Sing, Going Up River: The Long War of John Kerry, Beyond Brown: Pursing the Promise, Citizen King, Matters of Race, This Far By Faith: African-American Spiritual Journeys, The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, and CNNâ€™s Through the Lens, The Road to the White House and The Planetary Police. In addition, La Cruise worked as a consultant for the Ford Foundation in the Freedom of Expression unit for four years. She is a judge for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards and a member of New York Women in Film. She holds an M.A. degree in television journalism from New York University, and a B.A. in history from Adelphi University.