Tim Gray

Inducted: 2021
Born: 1967

Timothy “Tim” Gray, a resident of South Kingstown, is a national award-winning documentary film director, producer, and writer operating from his base in Rhode Island. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a major in journalism.

Tim has produced and directed 34 documentary films to date on the personal stories of the World War II generation. His work has aired nationally on American Public Television and globally in China, Australia, France, and England. He has won 5 New England/Boston Emmy Awards for writing and documentary film work.
Tim’s travels have taken him to Guadalcanal, Corregidor, Bataan, and Manila in the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, the Russell Islands, Banika, Pearl Harbor, Normandy, France (eleven times), Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg (twice), Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany (twice).

In 2012, Tim Gray’s World War II Foundation also dedicated the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France, a project honoring American leadership and approved by the late Major Richard D. Winters of World War II’s Band of Brothers. The World War II Foundation managed the fundraising for the 13-foot statue and organized the dedication event in France, attended by over 1,000 people, including former Secretary of Homeland Security, Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania.

Tim has held many fundraising events with the Band of Brothers actors [from the television series] to benefit the work of the World War II Foundation, in the United States and Normandy. He also operates the World War II Foundation Global Education Center on Main Street in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Tim has won several national and international awards for his World War II films, including the American Public Television National Programming Excellence Award and Indie Fest International Award. Narrators for his films include Tom Selleck, Dan Aykroyd, Damian Lewis, Kyle Chandler, Tim McCarver, Bill Belichick, Donnie Wahlberg, Matthew Broderick, Jason Beghe, and General David Petraeus.
Prior to his documentary film work, Tim was employed for over fifteen years as a television sports and news anchor and reporter in several states and U.S. markets including: Michigan, Washington State, Florida (Fort Myers and Orlando), New York, and Providence. While in Fort Myers, Tim was named sportscaster-of-the-year by the Florida Sportscaster’s Association, and he was also honored as top feature reporter.

In 2000, Tim was appointed weekend sports anchor and sports/news reporter at Channel 10 in Providence, another NBC affiliate. He held that job until 2004.
Through various initiatives, Tim and his productions have appeared in and been featured on The Today Show, MSNBC, Fox News, Discovery Channel’s Orange County Choppers, CNN, C-Span, PBS stations around the country, and on the United States Armed Forces Radio Network. He has also been featured in newspapers such as USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Providence Journal, and many others.

Tim has operated from the belief that “Now is the moment to honor these great veterans by pledging that we will never forget the sacrifices they made. We must now allow their voices to disappear into history.” Tim and his dedicated wife Sheila have five children: Shannon, Kyle, Ryan, Matthew, and Nora.

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