James A. Trengrove
James Trengrove was a senior producer for politics and congressional reporting at The News Hour with Jim Lehrer for 21 years, from 1987-2008. He directed the program’s daily and long-range political and congressional reporting, as well as its coverage of the Supreme Court and federal judiciary, crime, and immigration issues. Under his leadership, he and the Capitol Hill unit were three-time winners of the Joan Barone Shorenstein Award for Washington-based Reporting. He also received the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress.
In 2000, Trengrove wrote and produced a two-hour PBS documentary, Debating Our Destiny: Forty Years of Presidential Debates, with Jim Lehrer. The documentary received wide critical acclaim and was nominated for an Emmy. Trengrove also managed the coverage of the 2008 presidential primary campaigns for The News Hour and planned its strategy for the Democratic and Republican conventions.
In 2008, Trengrove founded The Barnaby Woods Group (BWG), a media company specializing in strategic communications and public affairs production. He relocated to Baku when the Republic of Azerbaijan contracted with BWG to develop television and online programming on foreign policy issues in association with the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, the country’s School of International Affairs. In November 2008, the first one-hour program was broadcast throughout Azerbaijan and into Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, and many parts of Europe. His other recent projects include consulting for The Pew Center for the States and its “Make Voting Work” initiative and producing video reports for the Cato Institute on the Supreme Court’s landmark “DC Gun Ban” decision and on Venezuelan student leader, Yon Goicoechea.