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Maria Matasar-Padilla

Producer

Maria Matasar-Padilla was with DocGroup at its inception, and before that PJ Productions and ABC News, where she began as a Desk Associate covering breaking news and the 2000 election.

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Maria commenced her work at The Doc Group as an Associate Producer on The Constitution Project. Maria has been involved with the series as either an Associate Producer or a Consultant since it began in 2004. Her work with the series inspired Maria to take a hiatus from television to earn a J.D. from Cardozo Law School in 2012, where she graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Order of the Coif. She
has since returned as a Producer to The Documentary Group.

Maria first worked with Tom Yellin at Peter Jennings Reporting and then PJ Productions. She worked with Tom and Peter Jennings as a
production associate and researcher on a number of award-winning documentaries, including From the Tobacco File: Untold Stories of Betrayal and Neglect, How to Get Fat Without Really Trying, chronicling America’s obesity epidemic, and Bitter Medicine, Pills, Profit and the Public Health, an in-depth investigation of the pharmaceutical industry.

Before joining ABC News, Maria worked in theatre production as a dramaturg and is a published translator. Along with her J.D. from
Cardozo, Maria has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from Yale University, where she studied
dramaturgy and dramatic criticism.99