James Sullivan Obituary

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James Michael Sullivan

June 22, 1946 - June 23, 2013
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James Michael Sullivan, 67, one of the guiding figures behind FRONTLINE, the landmark documentary series on PBS, passed away suddenly at his home in Marblehead, MA, on Sunday, June 23. A graduate of Harvard, Sullivan began his broadcast career as a news and documentary cameraman in Portland, OR. He later joined the Minneapolis CBS affiliate, where he developed and led the station's award-winning investigative and documentary units. In 1987, Sullivan became Senior Producer at FRONTLINE. He would supervise the production of many high profile programs for the series touching on a wide range of subjects – religion (God in America), war...
James Michael Sullivan, 67, one of the guiding figures behind FRONTLINE, the
landmark documentary series on PBS, passed away suddenly at his home in Marblehead, MA, on Sunday, June 23.

A graduate of Harvard, Sullivan began his broadcast career as a news and documentary cameraman in Portland, OR. He later joined the Minneapolis CBS affiliate, where he developed and led the station's award-winning investigative and documentary units.

In 1987, Sullivan became Senior Producer at FRONTLINE. He would supervise the production of many high profile programs for the series touching on a wide range of subjects – religion (God in America), war (The Gulf War), genocide (Ghosts of Rwanda), as well as in depth personal portraits (The Farmer's Wife) to name only a few.

Sullivan, then Executive Producer for Special Projects, left FRONTLINE in early 2013, having won dozens of national awards.

Mike is survived by his wife Jeanette Harrison-Sullivan and children Kate Sullivan, Jake Sullivan, and Jason and Sean Smith. He also leaves a brother, Dennis Sullivan, a sister, Sheila Sullivan, and a nephew, Max Minnieweather.

A public memorial service celebrating Mike's life will be held at The Memorial Church at Harvard on Tuesday, July 2nd at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at www.diabetes.org or at www.michaeljfox.org

"Our hearts go out to Jeanette, Kate, and Jake on Michael's passing. We will always remember his enthusiasm, his intellectual curiosity and his humor - a..." Ed & Frances Nilsson (Marblehead, MA)

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