Shayla Harris is an independent filmmaker based in New York and Paris. She shoots, produces and edits short documentaries about gender, race and the legacies of war and trauma. Previously, she was senior producer for digital video at Frontline PBS. Before joining Frontline, she managed the production of enterprise videos and web series at The New York Times and won numerous awards for her work, including an Emmy for “Life, Interrupted,” a documentary series about a young woman with cancer that she shot, produced and edited. She also earned a National Magazine Award, a George Foster Peabody, an Overseas Press Club Award and several Emmy nominations, including one for "Punched Out," an interactive documentary on the death of a hockey enforcer that she shot, produced, edited and wrote.
Prior to The New York Times, she worked on award-winning documentaries for Dateline NBC, including as the producer of "The Education of Ms. Groves," which won both an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and a Peabody. She was also an associate producer on "Pattern of Suspicion," a duPont-Columbia award-winning investigation of racial profiling in Cincinnati, and “Children of War,” an Emmy Award winning story on Ugandan child soldiers.
Harris has been honored as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow, French-American Foundation Young Leaders Fellow and a Pew International Journalism Fellow. She is on the Board of Screeners for the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and has also taught and lectured at graduate journalism classes and conferences at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, NYU, Columbia, Missouri School of Journalism and many others. Harris is a graduate of Williams College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.