Ken Burns Biography

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over forty years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Burns has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.

A December 2002 poll conducted by Real Screen Magazine named Burns one of the “most influential documentary makers” of all time. Burns' films have won sixteen Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been the recipient of more than thirty honorary degrees and has delivered many treasured commencement addresses. He is a sought-after public speaker, appearing at colleges, civic organizations and business groups throughout the country.

In March 2020 PBS broadcast East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story, a feature-length documentary that explores the history of public housing by focusing on the experiences of the residents of one housing project in Atlanta, Georgia.

In April of 2021 PBS broadcast "Hemingway," a three-episode, six-hour series Ken co-directed with Lynn Novick that chronicles the visionary work and turbulent life of one of the greatest and most influential American writers, weaving together excerpts from his fiction, non-fiction and personal correspondence. The film penetrates the mythology surrounding Hemingway—cultivated by his larger than life exploits, public bravado and occasional tall tale—to reveal a deeply troubled and ultimately tragic figure.

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Ken Burns Videos

Ken Burns, Tom Brokaw Talk About 'Mayo Clinic' Documentary
Ken Burns, Tom Brokaw Talk About 'Mayo Clinic' Documentary
Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking | Official Trailer
Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking | Official Trailer

How to book Ken Burns?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ken Burns for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ken Burns, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ken Burns or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Ken Burns?

Booking fees for Ken Burns, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ken Burns, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Ken Burns?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ken Burns for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ken Burns for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ken Burns or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ken Burns or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Ken Burns is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including College, Inspirational and Baseball. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ken Burns for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $50,000 - $100,000. Ken Burns generally travels from Walpole, NH, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dr. Michio Kaku, Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ken Burns for an upcoming event.

Ken Burns Videos

Ken Burns, Tom Brokaw Talk About 'Mayo Clinic' Documentary
Ken Burns, Tom Brokaw Talk About 'Mayo Clinic' Documentary
Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking | Official Trailer
Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking | Official Trailer

Ken Burns Reviews

  • Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) - Jun 04 2021

Ken Burns Speaking Topics

  • Sharing the American Experience (The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz)

    Ken Burns reminds the audience of the timeless lessons of history, and the enduring greatness and importance of the United States in the course of human events. Incorporating The Civil War, Baseball and Jazz, Burns engages and celebrates what we share in common.

  • A Treasure House of Nature’s Superlatives (The National Parks: America’s Best Idea)

    Burns discusses the great gift of our national parks. Here both “the immensity and the intimacy of time” merge, as we appreciate what the parks have added to our collective and individual spirit. (Begins with 13-minute clip - intro to the film.)

  • The Rising Road (The Roosevelts: An Intimate History)

    A detailed and intimate look at three hugely influential, but deeply flawed and wounded people, who are Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt—their lives, but also their times. (Clip(s) optional.)

  • A History of the World (The Vietnam War)

    Burns tries to make sense of the most important and most consequential event in American History since World War II. Here competing viewpoints and perspectives are balanced to give us a chance to finally come to terms with this important conflict. (Clip(s) optional.)

  • Old Ghosts and Ancient Tones (Country Music)

    This powerful, moving speech digs deep into the history and meaning of country music. It’s all here: its greatest stars and the words and music that touch on universal human experiences. (Clip(s) optional.)

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How to book Ken Burns?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ken Burns for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ken Burns, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ken Burns or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Ken Burns?

Booking fees for Ken Burns, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ken Burns, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Ken Burns?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ken Burns for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ken Burns for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ken Burns or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ken Burns or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Ken Burns is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including College, Inspirational and Baseball. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ken Burns for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $50,000 - $100,000. Ken Burns generally travels from Walpole, NH, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dr. Michio Kaku, Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ken Burns for an upcoming event.

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