About Us

A Glimpse Into Our Careers

John and Jan Goldsmith are video storytellers with more than 50 years combined experience. They have been trusted with documenting life stories of legends such as Roy Rogers, Rolling Stones Guitarist Ronnie Wood, Everglades Photographer Clyde Butcher, singer/songwriter Carly Simon, author James Michener, the Oscar Mayer family reunion, and many many more.

The Goldsmiths have a passion for preserving an individual's life story, and guarantee you will be pleased with the video documentary of your loved one. And from first hand experience, they know it becomes even more valuable with time.

For a glimpse into their decades long career in broadcasting, some of the legends they've interviewed, and how it led to their documenting life story videos, please watch this short video:

Jan T. Goldsmith

Managing Executive Producer / Writer

Jan Goldsmith as a child

Jan Goldsmith on TV Guide CoverJan’s broadcast career began as a radio announcer (disc jockey as they were known back then) at WSAI-FM, Cincinnati. She then moved across town to WCPO-TV, the CBS affiliate, as co-host of a daily live news magazine. She then moved to Washington DC as Executive Producer/Reporter of Reel To Reel, a nationally syndicated hour long magazine program that chronicled the works of Catholic Dioceses across the country.

Within a year, she was hired by WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington DC as Senior Producer, Reporter, and creator of “Capital Edition”, a highly successful long-running, TV news magazine, that aired live following CBS Sunday Morning. Similar in format to the network show, Capital Edition was so popular, that the station recorded the live version and then re-aired it Sunday evening! While at WUSA-TV, she also produced and hosted numerous prime time documentaries for the station.

With John, they also produced and hosted a nationally syndicated TV series, which aired on over 120 TV stations across the country. Called “Picture This America”, it profiled the people and events that define what is “great” about our country.

John O. Goldsmith

Writer / Producer / Photographer / Editor

John Goldsmith as a child

John Goldsmith on TV Guide Cover

John began his broadcasting career in his hometown of Washington, DC in the 1960s and continued throughout the 90’s in almost every imaginable role …from News Anchor, to White House Correspondent, to photographer/editor, to Managing Editor and Host, to news reporter. He was perhaps best known for his coverage of the Air Florida crash into the Potomac River, for which he not only won numerous awards, but was invited to Germany to explain to media personnel there, their role in covering live national tragedies such as this one.

As the long time Host and Managing Editor of “Capital Edition”, he was highly regarded as one of the best writers in all of broadcast journalism. During his broadcast career in Washington DC, at both WUSA-TV and WTTG-TV, he also produced and hosted numerous award winning prime time documentaries.

Through it all and above all, John considers himself a good storyteller. He believes everyone has a fascinating story if you just know how to tell it. And after a half a century of practice, he thinks he’s got the hang of it. And the fact that he was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award for writing is proof enough!

Jan and John Goldsmith Awards

Together ...

Jan & John have won dozens of awards for excellence in broadcasting, including:

  • * 21 Emmys
       ... for writing, producing, and hosting
  • * The Gabriel Award
  • * The Ohio State Award
  • * The George Foster Peabody
      (The Pulitzer Prize of Broadcasting)
Jan and John Goldsmith Awards

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