For fans of long-form documentary storytelling, FRONTLINE is widely regarded as the gold standard. First airing in 1983, the series has garnered 65 Emmy Awards, 15 Peabody Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2004 alongside the New York Times. In addition to its critical recognition, FRONTLINE has pioneered the television documentary format by tackling issues as diverse as life after prison, rural America, and the aftermath of September 11.
Behind some of the program’s most acclaimed features is deputy executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath, who handles every step in the editorial process that brings these documentaries to life. Aronson-Rath, who joined FRONTLINE in 2007, has continually pushed for new and novel documentary and long-form storytelling. Under her guidance, FRONTLINE has experimented with new documentary forms that span the television and digital media worlds, including the Peabody Award-winning Law and Disorder, a year-long examination of police violence in post-Katrina New Orleans, and the Polk Award-winning League of Denial, which explored NFL concussions.
Aronson-Rath has also spearheaded FRONTLINE’s partnerships with over 20 additional media organizations, including ProPublica, PBS NewsHour, CBC Television, Univision, and the public radio program Marketplace.
Prior to her role as an executive producer, Aronson-Rath was a writer, director, and producer herself, creating several FRONTLINE programs including The Last Abortion Clinic and The Jesus Factor. She has also worked at the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, and MSNBC. She began her career as a reporter at The China Post in Taipei.
You can see more of Aronson-Rath’s multiplatform documentaries below.
Law and Disorder
League of Denial and Concussion Watch
Big Money 2012
You can see several of the documentaries Aronson-Rath wrote, directed, and produced below.
The Jesus Factor
The Last Abortion Clinic
Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief, on the Most Pressing Issues in Business Journalism TodayPosted: February 4, 2014
Under the stewardship of Winkler, Bloomberg News has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes and has won more than 500 awards, according to his bio on the Bloomberg website. This includes the George Polk, Gerald Loeb, Investigative Reports & Editors and Society of Professional Journalists awards. Winkler himself is the recipient of the 2007 Gerald Loeb Foundation Lifetime achievement award.
But Bloomberg has not been immune to the changes many mainstream news organizations have been grappling with in recent years: In November the company laid off around 40 journalists across multiple departments, while also planning the expansion of coverage in emerging markets. Just prior to the layoffs, Bloomberg News and Winkler in particular were questioned by other media outlets over the company’s coverage policies in China.
Winkler joins us at Stanford University on Wednesday, February 5 at 12:15 pm PT to discuss the changing face of business journalism and the most pressing issues in the sector today.