Frank Koughan is a journalist, writer, and filmmaker who first worked for FRONTLINE in 1992 as an associate producer on the award-winning In Our Children’s Food. He went on to co-produce Is This Any Way To Run a Government? (1994) and the Emmy-winning High Stakes In Cyberspace (1995).
Koughan has produced documentaries for, among others, Bill Moyers, Dan Rather (The Hidden Face of Mexico), ABC News (Tobacco Under Fire), has written for Mother Jones Magazine, and was a co-author of City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina, published in 2007 by LSU Press. He also spent eight-and-a-half years at CBS News’s 60 Minutes, producing stories for Mike Wallace and the late Bob Simon. Along the way, he (in collaboration with others) earned awards including the George Polk Award, two Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, a duPont–Columbia Silver Baton, and two News & Documentary Emmys.
Since 2008, he has worked for Left/Right TV, writing and producing a wide variety of historical films and documentaries, including – after a 17-year hiatus – several FRONTLINE documentaries: Dropout Nation, Middle School Moment, Raising Adam Lanza, A Death in St. Augustine, The Digital Campaign, and Generation Like. Since 2014, he has been a senior producer for FRONTLINE.
Koughan began his career as a researcher and fact-checker at a number of magazines, including Harper’s, Vanity Fair and Spy. He was raised in Swampscott, Mass., and graduated from Boston College. He currently lives in New York City and Querétaro, Mexico.