Albert J. Nader
Founder of Questar
Albert J. Nader is a veteran television and home video professional. During his career Albert has worked at Rand McNally & Company where he was responsible for the development and distribution of textbooks, maps, globes and films to schools, libraries and universities. In 1985, Albert Nader started Questar as an original programming company for television and home video. During the past twenty-five years he has written and produced over 5100 programs and executive produced over 100 programs and films, which have appeared on The Discovery Channel, TLC, The Travel Channel, A&E, The History Channel, and PBS. Nader has been honored on five separate occasions by the American Film Institute and Billboard Magazine for his work in original programming. He began his career as a writer and producer establishing an impressive client list including WBBM-TV (CBS, Chicago), WFLD-TV (Metromedia, Fox, Chicago), CBS-FM Network (New York), WLS-AM (ABC, Chicago), WAIT-AM (Century Broadcasting, Chicago). In 2001, Questar acquired New Dimension Media, the K-12 classroom video content leader and he was appointed President of both companies. He has written scripts for and worked with Joe Mantegna, Martin Sheen, Jeff Daniels, Peter Coyote, Richard Thomas, James Whitmore, Shari Belafonte, and Richard Kiley, among others. Nader graduated from James G. Blaine Elementary School and Lake View High School, Chicago, and received his B.A. in History and Philosophy from DePaul University, Chicago. Following graduation, he served as a Marine Corps Officer for two years. In 2010, Nader was named to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Communications at DePaul University, and on the board of the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice “Teens-At-Risk” program.
After a long and fruitful life, Albert Nader passed away on December 22, 2016.