FRONTLINE Nominated for 19 Emmy Awards


(Eric Gulliver)

July 27, 2021
Anne Husted Manager, Public Relations & Communications, FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE has earned 19 News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations. The recognized films examine critical domestic and international issues — from investigating COVID-19’s devastation, to Amazon’s rise and reign, to the growing threats of conspiracy theories in American politics and the Taliban’s power abroad.

FRONTLINE was the most recognized show among the 2021 nominations, which were announced Tuesday by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

FRONTLINE’s 19 nods included one nomination in the prestigious Best Documentary category, for the 2020 film Once Upon a Time in Iraq, which tells the story of the Iraq war through the voices of Iraqis who lived through it.

FRONTLINE received three nominations for Taliban Country, in which FRONTLINE follows reporter Najibullah Quraishi on a dangerous journey inside both Taliban- and ISIS-held territory to expose the harsh reality of the power the Taliban wields and the looming threat of ISIS.

The series also received two nominations for Inside Italy’s COVID War and Love, Life & the Virus, and one for Undocumented in the Pandemic — films that each intimately chronicle the war COVID-19 waged on essential workers and their families.

Additionally, five of the series’ 19 nominations spotlighted FRONTLINE’s reporting done in partnership with other journalistic entities, including its reporting with: the Financial Times (Opioids, Inc.), the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (The Luanda Leaks), The Marshall Project (Tutwiler, Undocumented in the Pandemic), WORLD Channel (Tutwiler) and the Pulitzer Center (Undocumented in the Pandemic).

“It is such an honor to have our documentaries, reporters and directors recognized in this way during such an unprecedented and challenging year,” says FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath. “We are grateful to PBS, CPB and GBH for their constant support of our journalism and mission. We share this great news with our editorial partners, as well as with our colleagues in public media.”

With 52 nominations, PBS was the network with the most Emmy nominations this year — including eight nominations for our public media colleagues at Independent Lens, seven nominations for POV and four nominations for GBH’s NOVA. You can read a full list of this year’s nominees here.

The 42nd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2021. FRONTLINE has won 95 Emmy Awards to date. You can watch FRONTLINE’s Emmy Award-nominated projects below:


Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newsmagazine

Taliban Country (credits)


Undocumented in the Pandemic (credits)

Outstanding Feature Story in a Newsmagazine

Love, Life & the Virus (credits)

Outstanding Investigative Report in a Newsmagazine

The Luanda Leaks (credits)

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

United States of Conspiracy (credits)


Inside Italy’s COVID War (credits)


Outstanding Investigative Documentary

Return from ISIS (credits)

Outstanding Historical Documentary

Once Upon a Time in Iraq (credits)


Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos (credits)


Opioids, Inc. (credits)

Outstanding Short Documentary

Tutwiler (In partnership with The Marshall Project and WORLD Channel)

Best Story in a Newsmagazine

Taliban Country (credits)


Love, Life & the Virus (credits)


Best Documentary

Once Upon a Time in Iraq (credits)

Outstanding Writing

Policing the Police 2020 (credits)


Opioids, Inc. (credits)


Outstanding Direction: Documentary

Inside Italy’s COVID War (credits)


Outstanding Video Journalism: News

Taliban Country (credits)

Outstanding Promotional Announcement

Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos (Trailer)

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