As an independent producer, Juanita Anderson's work is primarily designed for national public television broadcast and for exhibition in public spaces, she has previously held the positions of Producer/Director and Production Manager at WSIU-TV (Carbondale, IL), Executive Producer of Cultural Affairs and Special Projects for WTVS-Detroit Public Television, and Series Producer for WGBH-Boston.
As an executive producer, Anderson has launched more than 25 station and independent projects into the national PBS schedule and has guided the work of nearly 40 independent producers across the nation. In addition to seven regional Emmys for her work in local public television, Anderson’s work has garnered numerous national awards including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and a DuPont Columbia Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism.
Anderson’s recent body of work includes the Favorite Poem Project Video Anthology (executive producer, producer/director), commissioned for the bicentennial celebration of the Library of Congress. A long-standing advocate for minority participation in public broadcasting and for independent media, Anderson has served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Television Service (1998-2005), and was a co-founder of the National Black Programming Consortium. Her teaching specializations and interests include film/video production, documentary studies, multiculturalism in public media and public broadcasting studies.