Producer Vanessa Fica Joins FRONTLINE’s Award-Winning Documentary Group


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

FRONTLINE (PBS) announced today that Kirk Documentary Group — the series’ award-winning production company run by veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk — has expanded its reporting ranks, hiring producer Vanessa Fica.

Fica’s work with FRONTLINE began during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, serving as a field producer for the Peabody Award-nominated film COVID’s Hidden Toll, a co-producer on American Voices: A Nation in Turmoil and an associate producer on Love, Life & the Virus.

Most recently, Fica served as a producer on Boeing’s Fatal Flaw, FRONTLINE’s September 2021 documentary with The New York Times.

“I am incredibly honored to work alongside some of the best reporters and filmmakers in journalism,” says Fica. “Michael Kirk’s films offer unparalleled depth and nuance, and they have made an indelible impression on me as a storyteller. I look forward to continuing my reporting with FRONTLINE on some of the biggest stories of our time.” 

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Vanessa into our group,” says Kirk. Her investigative tenacity and highly developed sensibilities will enhance our efforts to powerfully tell our audience the most important stories of our times.

Fica comes to FRONTLINE after spending more than a decade at 60 Minutes, reporting stories from more than a dozen countries, including an interview with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and a documentary series on Christians in the Middle East. Her landmark has 60 Minutes investigation “Flying Under the Radar” won an Edward R. Murrow Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

“We’re so pleased to welcome Vanessa to FRONTLINE and look forward to seeing the great work she does alongside Michael Kirk and his team,” says Raney Aronson-Rath, FRONTLINE’s executive producer. “Vanessa’s expertise has already been instrumental in delivering some of our recent documentaries, and we know she will continue to be an asset to our reporting ranks.”

Prior to her work at 60 Minutes, Fica coordinated breaking news coverage between CBS Evening News and CBS Radio News. She studied broadcast journalism and Latin American studies and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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