Sharon Yamato is a writer who authored Moving Walls: Preserving the Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps. She recently completed co-writing a book by Bruce T. Kaji, the founding president of the Japanese American National Museum, entitled Jive Bomber: A Sentimental Journey. As a consultant to the Japanese American National Museum, she has served as editor of the Museum Magazine and project director of The Encyclopedia of Japanese American History from A to Z (revised edition), An American Son: The Story of George Aratani, and More than a Game: Sport in the Japanese American Community. She also served as interviewer/researcher for a series of oral histories with members of the National Coalition for Redress and Reparation (NCRR) funded by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Project. She has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, and is currently a columnist for the Los Angeles daily newspaper, The Rafu Shimpo. Currently, she is working on a new documentary short based on the Stanley Hayami diary and papers, which tells the story of a young man who kept a diary while incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, and killed during World War II as a member of the highly decorated military unit, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
She attended UCLA where she received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English literature, graduating cum laude. She met Kapitanoff at KNBC where both served as associate producers in public affairs department programming. She went on to produce the Sunday Show, and later worked at Westinghouse Broadcasting Company and Universal Television on various talk shows, including EveryDay and The Toni Tennille Show.
Nancy Kapitanoff is the co-producer, co-director and co-writer of the short film documentary, Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn. She also wrote, produced and directed the short film documentary, The Comet Model News, which won the Best Short Documentary Award at the 2006 Winnipeg International Film Festival. The film was also screened at the Newburyport (MA) Documentary Film Festival, UK Jewish Film Festival, Anchorage International Film Festival, Beloit International Film Festival and the Sedona International Film Festival. Kapitanoff has been a Los Angeles-based freelance writer since 1991, writing about independent and foreign films for various publications including Tower Records’ PULSE! magazine, the Directors Guild of America’s DGA Magazine and the Writers Guild of America’s Written By magazine. Writing assignments for other publications have ranged from covering the basics of model railroading for a Web site featuring hobbies to writing regularly about art for the Los Angeles Times. She is currently the editor/publisher of the website, Golf Loops. Her short story, “Life After Death,” received Honorable Mention in the July 2009 Very Short Fiction competition organized by the literary journal, Glimmer Train.
Kapitanoff graduated from UCLA with a bachelors degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, she worked at KNBC/Channel 4 in the news department before becoming an associate producer and producer of public affairs programming. Her work at KNBC was followed by several freelance assignments on television documentary programs, which were produced for ABC-TV, PBS and HBO.