Dan Protess

Dan Protess

Producer and Writer

Dan Protess is a producer, writer, and director of documentaries and broadcast programming, whose work has appeared on PBS, NewsHour, Nightline, WORLD Channel, WTTW, WPWR, CSPAN, and at film festivals across the country.

He is currently in production on two documentaries: From Rails to Trails, a history of the rails-to-trails movement in America, and In Their Hands, a closeup look at one man’s journey through the criminal legal system. Dan has served as Executive Producer of the social issue documentary series Firsthand throughout its six-year run. His other recent work includes the weekly history series Chicago Stories, and the national primetime series 10 that Changed America.

Dan founded Protess Communications in 2022, which produces original documentaries, in addition to a wide range of communications for corporate, nonprofit, and financial services clients.

His work as earned him 9 Emmys, 9 Peter Lisagor Awards, and 1 James Beard Award nomination.


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