Bob Hercules

Bob Hercules

School of Communication

Bob Hercules

2006 Alumni Academy Inductee

Ed GordonBob Hercules graduated from WMU with a degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Creative Writing. He was General Manager of WIDR in 1977-78; a disc jockey and talk show host at WIDR from 1976-1981; and a feature writer at the Western Herald from 1977-1979.

Currently, Bob is an independent filmmaker, producer, director, and co-owner of Media Process Group - a Chicago-based television production company. Bob's work has been seen widely on PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Independent Film Channel (IFC), The Learning Channel and through television syndication nationwide.

Bob's most recent documentary, Forgiving Dr. Mengele , tells the remarkable story of Auschwitz survivor and former "Mengele Twin" Eva Mozes Kor and the controversy surrounding her decision to forgive the Nazi perpetrators as an act of self-healing. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival; was shown recently at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival; and is currently in limited theatrical release,

His narrative short, The Last Frontier (a satire of the commercialization of our culture) won Best Dramatic Film at the 2001 IFP Flyover Zone Film Festival and aired on the Independent Film Channel in 2002. He also directed Baseball's Heirlooms, narrated by Jeff Daniels, which chronicles America's four oldest baseball parks. The program aired on The Discovery Channel for three years, ran on over 120 PBS stations, and is currently in home video distribution from Questar Video.

Bob's 1999 documentary, The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy (narrated by Alec Baldwin), won Best Documentary at the 1999 Philadelphia International Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize at the 1999 USA Film Festival and was nominated for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy in 2000. The program aired on PBS in March, 2000.

A resident of Chicago, Bob has served on numerous boards for nonprofits such as the Chicago Public Access Corporation and Deep Dish Satellite Television -- the country's first grassroots satellite public access network. Currently he serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia's Television Department and is an active member of the Democratic Party of Evanston.

 

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