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
Susan Slusser, Oakland Athletics beat reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, discusses sports journalismPosted: January 14, 2014
As the first woman to serve as president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Susan Slusser has learned how to succeed in the traditionally male-dominated field of sportswriting. Starting out as a radio and newspaper sports reporter in high school and college, Slusser has been interested in sports journalism since childhood.
“From the age of 9, I wanted to be a baseball play-by-play announcer,” she said in an interview with OaklandClubhouse.com, a site which provides information about the Oakland Athletics and the team’s minor league affiliates.
Though her first love has always been baseball, Slusser career is a testament to the need for flexibility in sports journalism. “There’s no way to be in mainstream sports media without doing everything, so I have. In terms of full-time beats, I’ve done college football and basketball and the NBA as well as baseball,” she explained.
Slusser, a Stanford graduate, started off her post-college career covering the Sacramento Kings for the Sacramento Bee and later the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Sentinel. She became a full-time baseball reporter in 1995, covering the Texas Rangers for the Dallas Morning News. Since 1999, Slusser has been the Oakland A’s beat reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, covering the team for 16 seasons.
Slusser was elected as vice president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in October 2011, and voted in as president the following year.
More about and from Slusser:
Susan Slusser’s Hall of Fame ballot – http://blog.sfgate.com/athletics/2014/01/08/susan-slussers-hall-of-fame-ballot/
Did MLB deny A’s request to move to San Jose? – http://blog.sfgate.com/athletics/2013/12/07/did-mlb-deny-the-as-request-to-move-to-san-jose-in-june/
Ask Susan Slusser: What’s with Street, Bradley? — http://blog.sfgate.com/athletics/2006/08/02/ask-susan-slusser-whats-with-street-bradley/
Q&A with Susan Slusser, A’s beat writer – http://athletics.scout.com/2/455923.html
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