Documentary

Documentaries produced, shot and/or directed by Craig Duff:

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How the Oreo Became a Campaign Issue

When an Oreo manufacturing plant in Chicago moves production to Mexico, hundreds of workers are laid off. Reported with Stephen Franklin for NBCNews.com

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‘Rescuing Washington’s Charter Schools’ Tells Story of Parents’ Determination

Pain, passion and persistence run through the stories of charter school parents in this Northwest state who find themselves entering the second year of a constitutional battle over … Read More

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Arriving at Bessie: A Crime in Cleveland

In the winter of 1910, a young woman named Bessie Watkins left her small Ohio town for the big city of Cleveland. She told her family a new … Read More

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New Orleans Schools After Katrina | Part I: Reopening in the Flood Zone

The first of a 3-part series surveying the achievements of New Orleans’ education system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I produced, wrote and edited this series with … Read More

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New Orleans Schools after Katrina | Part II: The Class of 2015

Part 2 in a 3-part series surveying the achievements of New Orleans’ education system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with reporter Campbell Brown. New Orleans takes a … Read More

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New Orleans Schools after Katrina | Part III: The Next Generation

In this final part of a three-part documentary series: New Orleans schools have made dramatic gains in the decade since Katrina’s devastation. But some in the city felt … Read More

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Mayors on the Rise: Pete Buttigieg (NationSwell)

As part of Up-and-Coming Mayors series, meet the hometown hero who serves his community and his country simultaneously. I spent Veterans Day with the young mayor for this short … Read More

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Fighting Against Violence

The Chicago Youth Boxing Club (CYBC)  is tucked in a church basement in the Windy City’s Little Village neighborhood, providing one of the area’s few after-school activities. Since it was founded in 2006, … Read More

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Your Bill of Rights

In 1789, the United States sought to make the union more perfect, drawing up 10 amendments to the Constitution now known as the Bill of Rights. In this … Read More

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The Making of America: Thomas Edison

A series of short films about the great inventor accompanied a major TIME magazine piece about Edison. Directed, produced and shot by Craig Duff Click to watch the … Read More

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New York Times Reporting: Arctic Rush

As the 21st century marches on, a new ocean is likely to emerge, making way for what could be the last great land grab in human history. That … Read More

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Discovery’s Spotlight Series: Are You Safer?

In the three years after September 11, 2001, how much safer do you feel? In this Discovery Spotlight presentation, produced in association with the New York Times, we … Read More

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Politics and the Media

How does the press cover a presidential candidate? How does a candidate get his/her message out through the “filter” of the media? Follow along on the campaign trail … Read More

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Stolen Treasures

This ancient work of art has a story to tell. Crafted more than 2,600 years ago, this funerary stele was unearthed in 1994, smuggled out of Egypt and … Read More

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Discovery’s Spotlight Series: Hunting Saddam

In June 2003, I ventured to Baghdad, Iraq, where I shot elements for an hour-long documentary called “Hunting Saddam.” The program — which I co-produced with Mary Dore … Read More

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CNN Presents: Summer of Fire

The summer of 2002 brought one of the most intense fire seasons in fifty years. Drought and overgrown forests led to huge conflagrations that raged hot and wild. … Read More