James Michael Sullivan 1946 - 2013., 67, one of the guiding figures behind FRONTLINE, the landmark documentary series on PBS, passed away suddenly at his home in Marblehead, MA, on Sunday, June 23, 2013. A graduate of Harvard, Sullivan began his broadcast career as a news and documentary cameraman in Portland, OR. He later joined the Minneapolis CBS affiliate, where he developed and led the station's award-winning investigative and documentary units. In 1987, Sullivan became Senior Producer at FRONTLINE. He would supervise production of many high profile programs for the series touching on a wide range of subjects | religion (God in America), war (The Gulf War), genocide (Ghosts of Rwanda), as well as in depth personal portraits (The Farmers Wife) to name only a few. Sullivan, then Executive Producer for Special Projects, left FRONTLINE in early 2013, having won dozens of national awards. Mike is survived by his wife Jeanette Harrison-Sullivan and children Kate Sullivan, Jake Sullivan, and Jason and Sean Smith. He also leaves a brother, Dennis Sullivan, a sister, Shelia Sullivan, and a nephew, Max Minnieweather. A public memorial service was celebrated of Mikes life at The Memorial Church at Harvard on Tuesday, July 2nd at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at www.diabetes.org or at www.michaeljfox.org.
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from June 27 to July 4, 2013