MICHAEL ROSSI is an independent producer of documentary film and non-fiction television. He has spent the last twelve years producing, directing, shooting, and editing on national programs for public television. In 2012, Rossi received an Emmy Award for his work as Coordinating Producer of the children's engineering series Design Squad Nation, which premiered nationally on PBS in January 2011. His production credits for American Experience include: Building the Alaska Highway, The Gold Rush (winner of the 2007 Erik Barnouw Award), and We Shall Remain, a five-part television series and multimedia project on Native American history. In 2011 he served as an embedded filmmaker on the Student Freedom Ride for American Experience. Rossi's credits for Frontline include The Silence, a thirty-minute documentary, which traces the healing between the small, Yup'ik village of St. Michael, Alaska and the Catholic Church in the devastating aftermath of sexual abuse perpetrated by priests in the 1960s and 1970s.
Rossi's career at PBS began in the Educational Programming department at WGBH Boston, and he has done a variety of freelance production work on documentaries, feature films, television shows, music videos, and commercials. Rossi completed the B.A./M.A. program in U.S. History at Boston College, where he has guest-lectured for the Black Studies course Eyes on the Prize.