Lori Hope produced and wrote more than twenty television documentaries and hundreds of medical and news reports. She also produced educational and corporate videos. Her dozens of awards included two Emmys, an Associated PressBroadcasting Award, a Robert F. Kennedy Award, and a Houston International Film Festival Award. Her films have been distributed nationally and internationally, and her most recent co-production was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Hope taught documentary production at Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco from 1994 to 2004. She consulted to filmmakers and worked as a production coach in guiding first-time documentary producers. She was Project Consultant to the documentary, Read Me Differently, by Sarah Entine, who exposes unrecognized learning disabilities that bridge three generations in her family.
Selected Documentary Credits and Awards
Unless otherwise indicated, the following were produced and written by Lori Hope for hour-long broadcast. Hope produced more than two dozen documentaries; this is a selected filmography.
2000 How I Coped When Mommy Died (KQED-TV, San Francisco; Director/Co-Producer; 26:46; national distribution throughFanlight Productions)
In this personal autobiographical film, adolescent Brett Hardy Blake tells the inspiring story of how he coped with his mother’s seven-year battle against breast cancer that began when he was three.
The Oprah Winfrey Show, American Psychological Association Media Festival, Film Arts Foundation Festival, Art & Soul Film Festival
1997 Rachel’s Daughters: Searching for the causes of breast cancer (HBO; Segment Producer/Director; 1 hr. 47 min.)
This film chronicles the journey of 7 women in search of known and suspected causes of this disease.
HeSCA Media Festival, Silver Award, Mill Valley Film Festival, Dallas Video Festival, Emmy finalist
1994 Breaking the Cycle: Changing the world of a child (ABC; Producer/Writer)
Volunteers throughout the nation who are helping break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage among very young children are profiled.
CINE Golden Eagle, Telly Award, 1st Place Intercom Award, Questar Award
1993 Growing Old in a New Age (PBS; Segment Producer, Writer, and Director; 13 hours)
This 13-part Annenberg Foundation-funded documentary series, examines issues of aging, including death, dying, and bereavement.
Retirement Research Foundation Media Owl Award, The Mature Market Resource Center Gold Award
1991 “Help Me Die…“ (PBS/KGW-TV, Portland, OR; national distribution by Fanlight Productions
“Help Me Die…”investigates the ethics of physician-assisted suicide.
Regional Emmy, National Associated Press Award, National Society of Professional Journalists Award, Retirement Research Foundation National Media Owl Award(First Place), Oregon Associated Press Award
1990 A Fate Worse Than Death (KGW-TV, Portland, OR; national distribution by Fanlight Productions
“A Fate Worse Than Death?” investigates the ethics of passive euthanasia.
Regional Emmy, National Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi Award, Oregon Associated Press Award, American College of Health Care Administrators Journalism Award
1990 A Trial of Errors (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)
The unjust murder conviction of a Mexican farmworker is revealed; other injustices are revealed in the process.
Documentary resulted in the release of the unjustly convicted man from prison.
1989 Children of Cocaine (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)
“Children of Cocaine” looks at the lives of drug-addicted mothers and their babies.
Houston International Film Festival Bronze Medal, National Institute on Drug Abuse Award, Emerald City Award
1988 Safe in Your Arms (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)
“Safe in Your Arms” looks at 12 sexually abused children safe in the arms of an adoptive family.
National Emmy Award Finalist, National Headliner Award, Ohio State Award, Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Award
Finalist, President’s Citation for Private Sector Initiatives, CINE Finalist
1988 Another Home for Mom (KGW-TV, Portland, OR; 26:46)
This documentary follows the story of a middle aged man who must place his mother in a nursing home because of Alzheimer’s
Disease. National distribution by Fanlight Productions
National Conference on Aging
1987 Asylum in the Streets (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)
“Asylum in the Streets” examines the plight of the mentally ill homeless through personal stories of those who suffer because of the diseases of mental illness.
CINE Golden Eagle Award, Edward R. Murrow Brotherhood Award Finalist, Gabriel Award Certificate of Merit, National
Religious Public Relations Council Wilbur Award, Silver Angel Award, Archbishop Fulton Sheen Angel Award
1986 In Search of Home… (KGW-TV, Portland, OR; 29:00)
The lives of three diverse homeless families are chronicled.
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Hon. Mention, Academy of Religious Broadcasting Award of Excellence
1986 Tales of Teen Parents (KGW-TV, Portland, OR; 26:45)
“Tales of Teen Parents ” profiles several teen mothers and fathers.
National Emmy Award Finalist, Planned Parenthood Special Service Award, American Women in Radio and Television Award,
International Association of Business Communicators Award of Merit, National Public Relations Council Wilbur Award, Presidents Citation for Private Sector Initiatives
1984 Ward 41-B (KGW-TV, Portland, OR; 28:00)
“Ward 41-B” goes inside Oregon’s controversial sex offender treatment program.
Academy of Religious Broadcasting Award of Excellence, Oregon Association of Broadcasters Award
Ms. Hope was chosen by both Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship and Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Fellowship Programs as one of twenty-five finalists nationwide. She has served as a judge for the New York, Chicago and Boston Emmy Awards, jurored for the National Educational Media Network , and advised for fiscal sponsorship for the Film Arts Foundation.
She has also taught for more than a decade in the U.S. and Canada at media arts centers, conferences (including Sigma Delta Chi), and institutions of higher learning, and has consulted to producers and directors, testified before state legislators, and been involved in media literacy training.