A Conversation with Terence Wrong
Monday, October 12, 2009, 07:00pm
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'Bridging Journalism and Storytelling'

Introduced by Dena Seidel  

ABC Television Documentary Producer

Terence Wrong is the producer and executive producer of “Hopkins”, an ABC News documentary series offering an intimate look inside the culture of hospitals.
In the past decade, Mr. Wrong has produced four major multi-part programs for ABC News. His most recent series was “Hooking Up,” which followed a dozen women through the often bizarre world of online dating. Previously, Mr. Wrong’s other cinéma vérté programs included the original, award-winning, six-hour “Hopkins 24/7;” as well as “Boston 24/7,” a six-hour exploration of a year in the life of one of America’s most powerful mayors and the city workers who serve him; and finally “NYPD 24/7,” a seven-hour series chronicling a year and a half of unprecedented access to the nation’s top police force.

Wrong’s single hour documentary projects include two biographical hours on the life of Charles Lindbergh, one of them kicking off “The Century” series in 1999, a twelve-hour special co-anchored by Peter Jennings on ABC.

In 1998, Mr. Wrong produced an award-winning, one-hour “PrimeTime Live” special on biological warfare. The hour featured a thorough examination of American defenses against bio-terror and Diane Sawyer’s interview with defector and former head of Russia’s massive bio-warfare program, Ken Alibek. The White House credits the piece with influencing President Clinton to issue new executive orders on dealing with terrorism and his request that appropriate medicines be stockpiled around the country.  

In 1997, Mr. Wrong produced a half-hour report for “Prime Time Live” on the Ndoki rainforest in northern Congo -- Africa’s last “pristine” rainforest. It was a first for a network news program: Ndoki is a place so remote that few people, let alone television crews, have ever seen it before.

In 1994, he produced “They Were Young & Brave,” a highly acclaimed one-hour documentary for “Day One” on the battle of the Ia Drang Valley. Mr. Wrong and his production team accompanied Vietnam veterans from both armies in an emotional visit to the central highlands where so many died. It was the first time in twenty years American television had been allowed back into the area. The New York Times said “…the pictures are striking, the accounts are moving, with enough of the heroism, the blunder, the accidents, the confusion of close combat to give the hour vivid authority.” UPI called the report “among the very best documentaries ever done on warfare.”

Among the awards Mr. Wrong has received are: a Peabody, three Emmys; the Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton award; two Sigma Delta Chi awards; and ten CINE Golden Eagle awards. Before producing long-form, he spent a decade covering foreign news for NBC and later ABC News. His overseas postings included Beirut, Jerusalem, Frankfurt and London.

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