Teri Whitcraft, Senior Producer for ABC News’ Special Units/Disney ABC Television Group, develops and produces exclusive, original content for all of ABC News’ top-rated broadcasts (Good Morning America, World News Tonight with David Muir, Nightline, 20/20 and This Week with George Stephanopoulos), as well as for the largest online news and information site in the country (ABC.com/Yahoo!News). She has produced original primetime hours for Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Bob Woodruff, Charles Gibson, and Connie Chung. Her Diane Sawyer primetime special on Malala Yousafzai, Unbreakable: One Girl Changing the World, was honored with the Front Page Award, the Chrisoppher Award and 4 Emmy nominations. Her segments and specials have been recognized with multiple Emmy Awards, Cine Golden Eagle Awards, South Asian Journalism Association, Amnesty International and NAACP Awards, among others.
In addition to developing investigative news stories, human-interest features, and helping spearhead the network’s coverage of major breaking news stories (Ferguson, the Newtown School Shooting, Superstorm Sandy, etc), Teri’s personal passion is to shine a light on individuals who are changing the world. She seeks out social entrepreneurs at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Skoll World Forum, Pop Tech and Echoing Green (where she was first introduced to Oliver Libby several years ago).
Teri was the coordinating producer for ABC News’ year-long, division-wide global health series “Be the Change: Save a Life”, sponsored in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This groundbreaking series produced more than 60 stories from 20 countries on four continents. As part of the series, Teri helped developed the Million Moms Challenge, whose goal was to connect mothers in the US with mothers overseas around the common dream of a healthy pregnancy, a safe birth, and a baby who survives and thrives.
Teri is a proud board member of the Fistula Foundation and is honored to join the Resolution Project Advisory Board. She lives in Manhattan and frequently visits her family in Austin, Texas, where she studied urban anthropology at the University of Texas before moving to the urban jungle in New York. Her dream is to create a TV show about people who making a difference, with the promo: “In the next 30 minutes you can change the channel, or you can change the world.”