Zachary Stauffer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work is wide ranging in both subject matter and scope. He has worked on several feature length documentaries, including serving as co-producer of The Special: the Story of an American Anthem. The film, about a single bluegrass fiddle tune, premiered at the 2005 Nashville Film Festival. On the Internet, Zachary produced Ghana: Baseball Dreams for PBSís FRONTLINE/World, which was named the websiteís 2007 Online Story of the Year. The story was also honored at the 2008 College Emmys. He was a 2008 fellow with the News21 Initiative, where he produced print and video pieces about the shifting politics of the American West. Zachary has also covered the ethanol industry and immigration for Al Jazeera English and human trafficking for MSNBC. He has written articles for several Bay Area newspapers.
In 2008, Zachary completed studies at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. His masterís thesis, A Day Late in Oakland, earned the North Gate Prize in Documentary Excellence, received two nominations for awards with the International Documentary Association, and had its world premier at the 2008 Mill Valley Film Festival. Zachary graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 2001 with a bachelorís in history and minor in film studies.