Donald Torrance

Donald Torrance | 2011 Faculty

Prof. Don Torrance is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and producer.

Torrance is an associate professor teaching journalism and documentary at the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with an appointment to two departments. He is also the director of the Carnegie Environmental Science Journalism Program at Newhouse and of Syracuse University's Sustainability Science Action Center.

Torrance is a science journalist who has worked in broadcast, on-line and print. Over a thirty year career he has produced content for PBS; "Science Times," the New York Times science television news magazine; National Public Radio; Science Magazine; Nature Conservancy Magazine; and produced several documentary films and environmental science television programs.

As an independent documentary film producer, he specializes in the environment, natural history, and human health. He has produced, written, and directed documentaries on protecting marine environments; the international struggle against tropical diseases; the quest for new vaccines; and bringing health care to people in the developing world, among others. Projects have taken him to Africa, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, Canada, and all over the USA.

Torrance is a former health and science correspondent and anchor for W*USA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter and anchor for ABC's Satellite News Channel in Washington and New York and for WNET, (PBS) in New York. He served as moderator for "CenterNet," a national interactive network for the academic health centers community and as guest host of "Science Journal," the PBS science news magazine. His work has won numerous awards, including four "EMMY'S."

Torrance presented a paper to the Edinburgh International Science Festival on the topic of science journalism on television, and its ability to help or hinder public understanding, a prime research interest.

Torrance's production company produces television programming, including "Winter Gardening," a specialty gardening program that was among the first shows on the Home and Garden Television Network, (HGTV). He is also executive producer of "First Year," a drama program that features healthy living messages, and host of "Improve Your World," a television and on-line program about the environment and sustainability.