Janis has been professionally employed in politics and media, holding a variety of positions. She has also worked at the three-affiliate stations in Boston as a producer and as Editorial Director, where she received an Emmy nomination for a composite entry, which included the first on-location editorials in the broadcast area.
Her work has taken her around the world: Cuba, China, South Africa, United Kingdom, Central America and Greece. It has also given her the opportunity to teach at Wheelock College and at the Institute of Politics at Harvard.
In 1984, she produced a series of three one-hour documentaries on Jesse Jackson as presidential candidate and political leader. The production received several nominations and two awards, one being from the International Television and Film Festival and the second, the highly respected Iris Award for talk show programming.
Janis spent over six years as political and media consultant for Boston's Ten Point Coalition during their nascent years. Recently she has devoted her time to writing, art and corporate consulting with like-minded colleagues. She currently sits on the boards of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and the John E. Mack Institute.
Janis is a native New Yorker, a southerner by upbringing and a New Englander by choice. Her primary residence is Cambridge where she lives with two demanding cocker spaniels Camus and Hazel.