Marian Gagnon

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I push students to think critically. I think that’s what more and more employers are looking for — how well can you write, speak and communicate.”


Marian Gagnon teaches writing skills, film studies, journalism, visual literacy and speech communications at JWU’s Providence Campus. She also has been making documentaries since 2004.

Her 15 years of experience as an award-winning journalist has paved the way for both her teaching and her avocation as documentarian. Her first documentary, “HERstory: The Founding Mothers of Johnson & Wales University,” was nominated for a New England Emmy in 2004.

Gagnon went on to make two more historical documentaries and complete a trilogy chronicling the unique history of JWU. Her most recent film, “America’s Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light,” is about a 19th-century lighthouse keeper and heroine from Newport, Rhode Island. This film was nominated for a New England Emmy, won the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me award for Best Short Documentary, and was selected for the 2014 RI International Film Festival. All of Gagnon’s films consistently air on RI PBS. In addition, she has lectured and screened her films throughout New England.