Kathleen Pearce

Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker 

Kathleen serves on the Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) Board of Directors and on the Executive and Development Committees. As chair of the Annapolis Film Society (AFS) Committee this past year, she coordinated the AFS pre-screening receptions and wrote the quarterly newsletter. She has volunteered at AFF in several capacities for the 2022 and 2023 Annapolis Film Festivals, including as a juror, screener, presenter, and hospitality team lead. 

Kathleen served on the Women in Film and Video, Washington D.C. Chapter Board of Directors (BoD) and Advisory Board to the BoD for many years. She also served on the BoD of the Potomac, MD Swim and Tennis Club as social chair organizing events for 400+ members, as well as on the advisory board for Images and Voices of Hope, now The Peace Studio. 

As a Supervising Producer for Turner Broadcasting, Kathleen represented TBS at many film festivals around the world and has served as a screener/judge for the American Film Institute/Discovery Channel SilverDocs Film Festival in Silver Spring, MD. 

Kathleen has spent three decades producing and directing documentary films for national and international television.  She has produced films around the world and her programs have won more than two-dozen awards, including Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, and the Dupont-Columbia Award for Investigative Reporting.  Her special report on the endangered Bengal Tiger for ABC won Hollywood’s prestigious Environmental Media Award

Kathleen was a supervising producer and director/writer for the Turner Broadcasting series Wildlife Adventures that aired on TBS and was internationally syndicated. She produced, directed and wrote Wildlife Legacy profiling artists who have devoted their careers to conservation.

Kathleen’s producer/director/writer credits also include: an ABC investigation of the illegal trade in endangered species; a special on the Library of Congress for American Movie Classics; the World of Audubon 10th Anniversary Special for Turner Original Productions; and Ted Koppel specials for ABC and PBS and reports for ABC’s Nightline

Prior to managing her own production company, Kathleen was the co-director of the investigative team at WJLA-TV, Washington, D.C. She coordinated the station’s community wide awareness campaigns focusing on health and safety issues. This included news reports, specials, prevention and press kits and public service announcements. Flying High won a special Emmy – The Scott Newman Drug Abuse Prevention Award in the name of Paul and Joanne Newman’s son- and an Outstanding Community Service Emmy for their colon cancer campaign. Their work was honored with an Environmental Protection Agency Award for National Leadership and 3 National Press Club Awards

Earlier in her career, Kathleen produced political coverage for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Washington, D.C. Bureau including reporting from the White House and Capitol Hill, and floor producing the Presidential conventions and she produced the 6:00 and 11:00 newscasts for a CBS affiliate. 

Kathleen lives with her family in Severna Park, MD and is also a private practice licensed mental health therapist specializing in trauma and addiction.