Jacques Menasche is an award-winning writer, editor, and filmmaker. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he began his career as a clerk at The New York Times, and has since produced reportage, books, and documentaries from around the world, covering the attacks on 9/11, the war in Afghanistan, the modernization of China, and the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, among other important stories. His writing has appeared in the New York Daily News, ESPN The Magazine, Vanity Fair, Fader, and Columbia Journalism Review in the US, The Independent in the UK, Polka in France, and Italy’s Corriere dela Sera. He helped author two critically acclaimed books: Red-Color News Soldier: A Chinese Photographer’s Odyssey Through the Cultural Revolution (2003) and 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World (2009) — both winners of the Overseas Press Club of America’s Olivier Rebbot Award. In 2007, “Brothers of Kabul,” his television documentary about heroin addiction in Afghanistan, produced with photographer Stephen Dupont, was nominated for the Rory Peck Award for Freelance Cameramen and received Australia’s Walkley Award for Best Television News Feature. In 2010, he received an Ochberg Fellowship, and the following year his documentary about a first-grade class near Ground Zero, “The Class of 9/11,” led off PBS NewsHour’s 10th anniversary coverage. In 2016 he completed “Cathy at War,” a documentary feature about Catherine Leroy, the greatest female photographer of the Vietnam War.
A graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, he teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York.
Photograph by Stephen Dupont