Ben Arnoldy talks about his transition from foreign correspondent to managing editor of Monitor Global OutlookPosted: March 10, 2014
Ben Arnoldy, a former foreign correspondent in South Asia, serves as the managing editor of Monitor Global Outlook, a premium service offered by The Christian Science Monitor.
At Monitor Global Outlook, Arnoldy helps to provide businesses, international security professionals and global insurance companies with exclusive reports on international events –with a focus on emerging and frontier markets. Click here to learn more about Monitor Global Outlook.
A 12-year staff member at the Monitor, Arnoldy was an early innovator in online reporting, contributing to the first iteration of csmonitor.com. Arnoldy has been recognized by the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association and the Sidney Hillman Foundation.
In 2003, Arnoldy headed to Iraq, becoming one of the first online journalists to obtain credentials to cover a war as an embedded correspondent with the U.S. Air Force.
Arnoldy recently returned from a stint in New Delhi, where he covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for the Monitor. His coverage ranged from protests in Kashmir to translation woes in Afghanistan for U.S. military personnel. While in New Delhi, he taught journalism at the 9.9 School of Convergence, an Indian media company.
A Georgetown University graduate, Arnoldy earned degrees in English and computer science—a combination of skills that has served him well in the ever-changing landscape of online journalism.
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