Lex Gillespie is an independent producer in Washington, D.C. He’s currently at work on his first film, The Mamboniks, which explores and celebrates the love of Latin music among Jewish people during the exciting mambo era of the 1950s and early ‘60s.
A Haverford College graduate, Gillespie has been a reporter and producer for public radio since 1988. He’s produced hundreds of features and documentaries for NPR and PRI on music, history and culture. His programs include A Kind and Just Parent, the story of the Nation’s first juvenile court in Chicago; The Blue Lake, which chronicled the decades-long battle of the Taos Pueblo of New Mexico to reclaim its sacred lake; and Intipuca, D.C., the story of a village in El Salvador whose residents created new lives for themselves in Washington, DC in the wake of a civil war.
He’s won two Peabody Awards for his series on American music history Let the Good Times Roll (2004) and Whole Lotta Shakin’ (2007). He was also a producer with the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History on the series Jazz Singers and Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was, which in 1998 won a Peabody and a silver baton from the duPont-Columbia Awards.