William Campbell is an independent producer, videographer, photojournalist and president of Homefire Productions, Inc., based in Livingston, MT.
Bill, a former Time Magazine photographer, has developed, shot and produced documentaries and TV segments for PBS, NBC, ABC Nightline, CNN, Discovery, and the National Geographic Channel.
Bill began his journalistic career in Africa as a photographer and filmmaker with the United Nations in the mid-1970’s. By the late seventies he was a staff photographer and reporter with United Press International, based in Brussels and in Nairobi covering Africa and the Middle East. In 1982 he joined Time Magazine as a contract staff photographer. Attached to the Time bureaus in Nairobi and Johannesburg, he documented wars and social issues across Africa and the Middle East.
Since returning to the United States in 1989, Campbell has focused on the dilemmas of poverty, racism and environmental issues in America. His work for Time spanned nearly three decades, while his photographs have appeared in many other publications including National Geographic, Outside, Esquire, Audubon, Rolling Stone and the New York Times Magazine.
In 1997 Campbell moved to Livingston, Montana, near the northern border of Yellowstone National Park. He returned to his roots in filmmaking in 1998 when he broadened Homefire Productions to include working with his wife, the writer and producer Maryanne Vollers, on television news and documentaries.
He has shot and produced four one-hour documentaries including Season of the Grizzly and Sole Survivors, The Yellowstone Bison for Discovery Communications/Animal Planet; and Wolves in Paradise with ITVS and Montana PBS. Wolves in Paradise, which explores the fate of ranchers and wolves outside Yellowstone Park, received a 2008 Cine Golden Eagle award. It aired on national PBS in December 2008 and continues to run on PBS World.
Bill was a contributing producer for NOW on PBS, the weekly national current affairs show. He is the producer and photographer of On Thin Ice, a one hour special for NOW with host David Brancaccio and mountain climber Conrad Anker, that covers the impact of climate change from Montana’s Glacier National Park to India’s Gangotri glacier, the source of the Ganges.
Campbell also worked with David Brancaccio as the producer and director of photography for the NOW on PBS show Africa House Calls about the work of Partners In Health in Rwanda.
His current projects include documenting environmental and social issues in the US and abroad.
He is a frequent contributor to the Public Television series This American Land.