Karin Hayes is the recipient of the duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her first film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt (HBO/Cinemax), co-produced with Victoria Bruce. Hayes’s most recent film, WE’RE NOT BROKE premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Hayes also co-produced and directed Held Hostage in Colombia. The documentary was excerpted on CBS 60 Minutes II and broadcast on The History Channel and the Sundance Channel.
Hayes’s documentary with Victoria Bruce, Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship was broadcast on PBS/Maryland Public Television and received the Target Filmmaker Award. Hayes co-authored the book Hostage Nation (Knopf 2010) with Bruce.
Hayes shot for Director Jason DaSilva’s 2013 Sundance Film Festival documentary When I Walk, and was the Associate Producer for Director Paul Rachman’s Sony Pictures Classics documentary American Hardcore: the history of American punk rock from 1980-1986. Hayes has worked on documentaries for PBS, National Geographic Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, and with The Cronkite Ward Company for TLC. Prior to filmmaking, she attended the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, Universidad de Costa Rica, and worked at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Hayes graduated from UCLA with a degree in World Arts and Cultures, with a theater emphasis.