Decoding Autism with Sara Lee Kessler

Janice SelingerJanice Selinger
Executive Producer

Janice Selinger is Acting Chief Operating Officer of NJN Public Television and deputy executive director for production. Selinger, part of the NJN team for 30 years, also serves as Executive Producer in charge of development and production of national and local documentaries for NJN. Her major projects include The Hidden Child: Domestic Violence: Faces of Fear; Battered Wives, Shattered Lives; Throwaway Pets; Su Salud Primero:Your Health First; Our Vanishing Past; Mission from the Heart; The Gift of Life; and Reliving the Lindbergh Case, all of which have aired nationally on PBS. Selinger served as co-executive producer for NJN's first international co-production, Speak of Me As I Am, a documentary that examined the life and times of Paul Robeson and was co-production with the BBC and NVC Arts.

Reliving the Lindbergh Case received a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award in 1989. Battered Wives: Shattered Lives garnered the 1985 National Headliner Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Television Network. Selinger has received awards from the Associated Press, Sigma Delta Chi, and New Jersey Bar Association. Selinger has won numerous awards, including twelve regional Emmy awards, a 1986 National Headliner Award, a 1989 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award, the 1987 Vanguard Award and a National Commendation Award from American Women in Radio and Television. Selinger won a Gracie Award for New Media for the web site outreach and documentary Seeking Solutions, a program that examined innovative programs aimed at stemming violence in our schools.

Prior to joining NJN in 1979, Selinger worked at WCBS-TV in New York where she was associate producer for the Emmy Award-winning consumer affairs show, On Your Side with John Stossel, and the documentary series, Channel 2-Eye On.

A native of East Brunswick, N.J., Selinger graduated Phi Beta Kappa and holds a bachelors degree in journalism with highest distinction from Penn State University and a masters in public administration from Rutgers University. She teaches in the Communication Studies Department at the College of New Jersey, formerly Trenton State College.

Selinger is the former Second Vice Chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and was National Secretary. She has served as a Trustee for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is currently on the National Awards Committee, the National Scholarship Committee and the Legal Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Selinger is married to Martin Kline, an attorney in private practice in New Jersey. She has two children, Howard Kline, a recent law school graduate, and Lesley Kline, a public relations assistant account executive.

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