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Geri Alumit Zeldes

Geri Alumit Zeldes

Professor & Faculty Excellence Advocate

Documentary filmmaker, news coverage analysis involving race, gender and religion

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Religion Race Flint Documentary Film Social Justice Gender


Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor in MSU’s School of Journalism and serves as ComArtSci’s Faculty Excellence Advocate who leads the college's Inclusiveness Committee, helps recruit and retain staff and faculty and tries - tries to move the needle of awesome-ness in the building.

Zeldes doubles as an academic and practitioner, finding some success. She has a dozen best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films ... and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, two national Best of Festival Awards from the Broadcast Education Association, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys ®, and a handful of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan Associated Press Editors’ Association awards.

She was also invited to speak at two Tedx events and featured for her social justice scholarship on MSU’s “Spartans Will” campaign.

In October 2017, the Filipina Women's Network recognized her with a "100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award" in the category Innovator and Thought Leader.

In May 2018, she was named on the Diversity Champion Honor Roll by the Race Relations & Diversity Task force in Birmingham, Mich., a suburb of Detroit.

Zeldes lives in another suburb of Detroit where she spends her evenings shuttling her three children to their travel sports practices while her fourth child plays on an iPad, buckled to the booster chair.

During her summers, Zeldes works on her documentary films. Works in progress: "The Rap on Flint," "Sh*t Saves the World," and "Flint Med." Late, late at night, she writes grant proposals for small- and mid-sized grants that she hopes will support her documentaries as well as the work of her creative teams.

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Michigan State University: Ph.D., | 2000

Indiana University Bloomington: M.A., | 1994

University of Michigan: B.A., | 1992

Selected Press

Geri Zeldes: the Birth of 'That Strange Summer'

360 Perspective | 2018-05-09

Geri Alumit Zeldes, professor of journalism, directed and produced “That Strange Summer,” which captured the story in the 1970s of two Filipino nurses charged with killing patients in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Zeldes’ documentary recently won a Merit Award for Best Independent Producer from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters as well as an Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association.

Flint man's path from prisoner to mentor inspires new documentary, comic book

Michigan Radio | 2016-11-03

From a youthful act that landed him in prison, to becoming a man whose life work is mentoring youth in Flint, Hubert Roberts offers a powerful lesson in redemption.

Documentary on Flint Hero’s Life Debuts Friday

MSU Today | 2016-10-31

A documentary on the remarkable life of Hubert Roberts, a Flint man who overcame prison time and a life-threatening illness to become a mentor to young men in his struggling hometown, will debut Friday in Flint.