Jackie Jesko

Director | Producer | Journalist

HBO Documentary Films
Savior Complex

With wide-ranging access, this three-part HBO Original Documentary Series examines the controversial story of Renee Bach, an American missionary accused of dangerously treating children without any medical qualifications at her charity in Uganda.
Premiering September 26th on HBO.

India Burning

Investigative reporting reveals the shocking extent to which the majority-Hindu Indian government is moving to undermine the nation’s secular roots.


Inside Idlib, Syria’s last rebel-held territory, as President Assad and his allies mount a brutal bombing offensive that has civilians paying the highest price.


What happens to the accused and the community after public allegations of sexual misconduct? Inside the messy, complicated aftermath of being canceled 2 years after the height of the #MeToo movement.


The #MeToo reckoning has impacted everything — from Supreme Court nominees and workplace culture to sex and dating.

After the Fall

Following the defeat of ISIS in Raqqa, Syrians are fighting to rebuild their shattered lives in a war-torn nation. The human stories of civilians caught in the crossfire between the most feared terror group in the world and …

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JACKIE JESKO is an award-winning director, producer and journalist.

She loves to tell stories about complicated people, places and societies– a mission that has taken her around the world. She’s documented the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, reported from the front lines of battle in Syria, and questioned the boundaries of sexual consent in post-#MeToo America.

Most recently, Jackie directed her first documentary series, Savior Complex, for HBO Films. It is slated to air in Fall 2023.

With roots in Texas and Pennsylvania, Jackie started her career at ABC News, producing investigative stories for Nightline. She then pivoted to longer-form journalism, working on projects for A+E and Nat Geo before landing at Vice, where she worked on the Emmy Award-winning series VICE on HBO. She then worked on Vice’s Showtime and Hulu series, as well as projects for VICE TV.

In 2020, Jackie co-founded Latchkey Films, along with partners Nick Capote and Alex Waterfield. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.


News & Documentary Emmy Award | Disgrace (Hulu) | 2021

Dupont-Columbia Award | India Burning (Showtime) | 2021

OPC Edward R. Murrow Award | India Burning (Showtime) | 2021

James Foley Award for Courage in Journalism | The Battle for Idlib (Showtime) | 2021

Frontpage Award | After the Fall (HBO) | 2019

Frontpage Award | Femicide: The Untold War (ABC News) | 2018