Judith Stoia is a Boston and New York media veteran with a background in journalism, drama, and children’s programming. She began her career as a radio reporter for WGBH FM and switched to WGBH television as a reporter during the turbulent days of court-ordered busing in Boston. She won numerous awards for her coverage and went on to write The Hardest Lesson, an account of those years published by Little, Brown. It won the prestigious Christopher Medal for non-fiction.
After a year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Stoia joined WCVB TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston. There, she was a creator of Chronicle, a highly acclaimed nightly news magazine. As Executive Producer, Stoia oversaw documentaries, presidential debates, a children’s series and AfterSchool specials for ABC.
Stoia returned to WGBH as Executive Producer for The AIDS Quarterly with Peter Jennings and went on to produce drama for PBS and ABC, local and national documentaries, a comedy series, public affairs specials, election night coverage, and, most recently, the highly-regarded PBS children’s series, Between the Lions. The program has won ten national Emmys, and twice was named Best Children’s Program by the Television Critics Association. Stoia has won numerous awards including Emmys, Gabriels, Cine Golden Eagles, New York Film Festivals, Robert F. Kennedys, and Peabodys. She also has taught television production in the Czech Republic and the Republic of Georgia.