Pink Clouds: Inside East Tennessee’s Opioid Epidemic

Saturday, July 16, 2016

On the beat in Southern Appalachia

Roane County is at the epicenter of East Tennessee drug trafficking and an opioid-addiction crisis that continues to claim lives and destroy families across the region each year. 

One day, and a long night, inside the street-by-street battle to save lives and stop the epidemic.

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Producer and Director: Jess Mador

Editor and Cinematographer: Phil Batta

Music by: Sam Keenan


Jess Mador

Jess Mador is the creator of TruckBeat for WUOT. She's an award-winning public radio and multimedia journalist who has produced stories for news organizations around the country, including Minnesota Public Radio, NPR News and PBS member stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phil Batta

Phil Batta is an award-winning cinematographer and director who specializes in creating short-form documentaries and visually rich multiplatform media for social impact. His work appears on PBS, The New Yorker, UK Channel 4, ITN, The Guardian, ABC7, CNN and ITVS. He's also shot and edited projects honored as official selections at international film festivals and exhibitions. Batta is currently directing two documentaries exploring youth social justice and gender equality. 

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