Dan Protess | Biography

Dan Protess

Dan Protess was the Series Producer of the 2016 PBS primetime series 10 that Changed America, and the Producer and Writer of the 2013 PBS primetime program 10 Buildings that Changed America. He has been producing and writing at WTTW Chicago for 17 years. His other recent productions include the digital-first food series FoodPhiles, as well as the feature length architecture and history specials Chicago’s Loop: a New Walking Tour, Biking the Boulevards and Chicago’s Lakefront. He wrote and produced the Emmy-winning, James Beard-nominated The Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History. He has also produced candidate forums and feature stories for Chicago Tonight, the station’s nightly newsmagazine program, for which he has received the prestigious Peter Lisagor Award. He began his career at WTTW in 1999 as an associate producer of arts and architecture programming, and soon after served as the associate producer and writer of A Justice That Heals, a documentary about a teenage murderer and his young victim that was shown on ABC’s Nightline. He went on to produce and write numerous documentaries for Chicago Stories, an historical series, including Jewish Chicago, Chicago’s First Mexican Church, Chicago’s 1919 Race Riots, and numerous profiles of local luminaries such as Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, arts maven Lois Weisberg, and priest-turned-romance novelist Andrew Greeley. He began his career at public television station WHA-TV in Madison, Wisconsin.