Goldsmith Prize Finalist Daffodil Altan Joins PBS FRONTLINE as an Investigative Producer and Correspondent

March 12, 2019

FRONTLINE, PBS’s flagship investigative journalism series, is proud to announce that accomplished investigative journalist Daffodil Altan will be joining the staff as a California-based investigative producer/correspondent. Altan’s experience as an investigative reporter, documentary film and radio producer, and bilingual correspondent will deepen FRONTLINE’s ongoing expansion and innovation efforts. Altan produced the groundbreaking, award-winning FRONTLINE documentaries Rape on the Night Shift, and Goldsmith Prize Finalist, Trafficked in America.

In her new role, she will report and produce stories across all of FRONTLINE’s platforms, as well as continue to produce and serve as correspondent for films on FRONTLINE’s television series.

“After working closely with Daffodil on a number of hard-hitting, deeply investigated documentaries, we are so pleased that she will be joining our staff full time,” said FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath. “Daffodil’s ability to tackle tough stories serves FRONTLINE’s mission, and her investigative skills will further strengthen our journalism.”

Altan has reported for print, radio, film and television, and her work has been recognized by Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, The National Academy of Television Arts & Scientists, the Third Coast Audio Festival and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Journalism.

“I am thrilled to be joining FRONTLINE at a moment when the team is experimenting around how best to tell complex investigative stories — whether that be in short-form digital, the FRONTLINE Dispatch podcast, or bilingually for the television series. No other investigative outlet is doing this with such breadth and reach.”

Before joining FRONTLINE, Altan was a producer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program. She was also a producer at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, and has reported for MSNBC, Telemundo and PBS NewsHour. Additionally, Altan has reported from Mexico and Guatemala, and has written for Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times, and was a staff writer at the OC Weekly in California. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she is also a lecturer.

Altan will join the Enterprise Journalism Group, which is funded, in part, by the Abrams Foundation.

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