Christopher Koch is a professor at Montgomery Community College in Rockville, Maryland, teaching the history of broadcasting and introductory and advanced courses in video production. He is also a radio and television producer whose work has appeared on ABC, NBC, HBO, PBS, National Public Radio, The Discovery Channel, Turner Broadcasting, National Geographic Television, American Movie Classics, The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, and the Hallmark Channel. His productions have been broadcast throughout the world and distributed on home video.
He has received six national EMMY awards including the first President’s Award for superior, socially responsible programming and the George Foster Peabody Award, a Cable ACE, the Environmental Media Award, the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award, a Dupont-Columbia University Award, a George Polk, and an Ohio State.
Koch is a former executive producer of NPR’s evening news program, All Things Considered, and public television’s series on journalism, Inside Story, hosted by Hodding Carter. He began his television career at KQED, the public television station in San Francisco and the ABC Documentary Unit, Close Up. He has directed and produced award-winning programs on the wilderness, science, technology, history, politics and the environment. He is an avid outdoorsman.
He received a Masters Degree with honors from Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship and a BA from Reed College.
Koch taught English and media courses at Bennington College including introductory English, the English novel from Defoe to Conrad, the fiction of Herman Melville, and a senior seminar on culture and communication.
He produced the Peabody award winning documentary, Normandy: The Great Crusade, distributed throughout the world and on the Discovery Channel in the United States. It was the highest rated program on cable the year it premiered. He also created and produced for five years the award-winning series, Invention, in association with the Smithsonian Institution and broadcast on the Discovery Channel.