Spencer Bakalar is an editor and senior producer at TIME in New York City. She entered documentary film by way of video journalism and is experienced in every aspect of production. At TIME, she is drawn to stories that take a deeper look at the news and reflect the power of shared human experience. Editing longform documentaries is her particular passion.
She produced and edited “Firsts,” TIME’s expansive, award-winning documentary series featuring 46 groundbreaking women, and interviewed almost every woman on the list — from Madeleine Albright to Aretha Franklin. ”Firsts” was selected by the American Film Showcase in 2018, and she conducted workshops in Israel and Indonesia.
Prior to TIME, Spencer worked at the Los Angeles Times and covered a wide range of stories, including environmental injustices in East L.A., farm labor in Mexico, and Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news coverage on the mass shooting in San Bernardino. Her work has been recognized by the Livingston Awards, the Webby Awards, and the News and Documentary Emmys.