Bob Bahr was an award winning reporter and producer for CBS News in New York and Managing Editor of CNN’s Documentary Unit. He directed and produced the feature length documentary, The Reagan Years, for MGM. Bob lives in Atlanta, GA and writes and lectures regularly on film and popular culture through his Center for Media and the Moving Image. He also writes regularly about film and the arts for the Atlanta Jewish Times.
His writing about The Jewish Marilyn Monroe, Gone But Not Forgotten was awarded three Rockower Awards, the top prize in Jewish journalism, in 2020 by the American Jewish Press Association. This Spring it forms the backdrop for his month-long class on The Genius and The Goddess – Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller In and Out Of Love. Also among his most recent class offerings through the Atlanta Center was Revisioning Broadway: Jews, Film and the American Musical , about the evolution of the Broadway stage in the last hundred years and The Art of The Conductor – Twentieth Century Music with Yoel Levi, the world renowned orchestral conductor and the former music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
He has been a member of the screening committee of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which reviews over 500 films annually for the festival and also serves on the guest selection committee. For the 2022 Festival, one of the largest Jewish film festivals in America, he introduced the online screening of Nadav Lapid’s, Ahed’s Knee, from Israel, and a top award winner at the Cannes International Film Festival. Also for the Festival he conducted a lengthy interview with Vadim Perelman, who directed Persian Lessons, which accompanied its screening at the AJFF. The film was entered in Best Foreign Language Film competition at this year’s Academy Awards. For the past five years, he and Matthew Bernstein, who is the Goodwin C. White Professor of Film and Media at Emory University have produced the video introduction to the AJFF, Bernstein and Bahr’s Best Bets, an audience favorite.
He has a Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University in Public Communication.