Adjunct Instructor of Journalism and Public Policy

Director, Arts Engagement & Partnerships, Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Duke Alumni, I&E



220 Allen Building


Amy Unell serves as a catalyst and liaison to create, connect and collaborate in arts entrepreneurship across the University.

In addition to teaching Advanced Multimedia Production through the Policy, Journalism & Media Studies Program, Amy works with the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Alumni Affairs and Career Center to curate and promote initiatives in all facets of arts education at Duke, including DEMAN, artstigators, StudioDuke, Mural Durham and Guac & Talks.

After six years as an Emmy-nominated producer for NBC’s Today Show, Amy launched the multimedia production company, StoryTales Productions. She produced and directed the documentary film, “Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story,” about Duke’s legendary Olympic Coach Al Buehler, narrated and produced by NBA All-Star Grant Hill. The film inspired her book, “Starting at the Finish Line: Coach Al Buehler’s Timeless Wisdom” (Penguin Random House 2012).

A second documentary soon followed, “Duke ’91 & ’92: Back to Back” (Turner Sports), which she co-produced/directed with Duke alumna Madeleine Sackler (“Dangerous Acts”). The film reunited the Duke men’s basketball team on the 20th anniversary of their back-to-back NCAA Championships from executive producers Grant Hill and Christian Laettner.

A proud Midwesterner at heart, Amy was born and raised in Kansas City and is an avid Cameron Crazy.

  • PJMS 369S-01, DOCST 369S-01 Advanced Multimedia Production (Spring 2019)