About the DNA Files

Bari Scott

Executive Director
Executive Producer
1998 Series
2001 Series
2007 Series
Bari Scott photo

Bari Scott has a long history in community and public radio. She served as director of the Third World Department and Special Projects at KPFA in Berkeley, and as executive producer of Flashpoints. The training program she initiated at KPFA for women and people of color is still active.

Bari’s production credits include The Communications Revolution, 52 radio programs exploring changes in the social landscape precipitated by new telecomm technologies; Blacks and Jews, a video documentary that premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS’ Point of View; Jimi Hendrix, a four-part documentary series; The Grateful Dead Live New Year's Eve national broadcasts; and The Racism Project, a community-centered model production bringing together students, scholars, local leaders, professional actors and artists.

At SoundVision (which she co-founded in 1997) Bari conceives, develops and oversees all of the organization’s multimedia projects: The DNA Files, The Science Literacy Project, Science and the Search for Meaning in the 21st Century and others. Under her direction, SoundVision’s work has been honored with major awards from the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Association for Women in Communications Clarion Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award.

In 2000–2001 Bari received a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT and a fellowship in biomedical research at the Marine Biological Lab’s science journalism program in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She is a member of the advisory board of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography. She also sits on the board of the Avary Foundation, an organization that enables at-risk children to go to summer camp.