The FRONTLINE Dispatch Returns with a Special Audio Series: “Covering Coronavirus”


March 27, 2020
Anne Husted Manager, Public Relations & Communications, FRONTLINE

In addition to FRONTLINE’s documentary storytelling, this audio series will explore the toll of the coronavirus pandemic through dispatches from reporters on the ground.

As people around the world face new realities amid the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, FRONTLINE, the acclaimed PBS investigative outlet, has launched a new audio series called “Covering Coronavirus,” revealing the personal and profound stories from the front lines of the historic outbreak.

Part of FRONTLINE’s original podcast series The FRONTLINE Dispatch, each episode of “Covering Coronavirus” takes listeners inside communities ravaged by COVID-19 through intimate conversations between FRONTLINE’s Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath and our investigative reporters on the ground.

Every episode offers a lens into how coronavirus has uniquely threatened communities around the globe – offering firsthand accounts from reporters covering the chaos everywhere from Seattle, Washington, to Northern Italy, to rural Ohio, to New York City.

“We are witnessing a moment in time that will leave an indelible mark on history. At FRONTLINE, we are committed to telling this story thoughtfully and in ways that expand the conversation and shed light on the realities of COVID-19,” says Aronson-Rath. “To best reveal the weight of this outbreak, we believe this story should not just be seen, but also be heard.”

The special audio series launched in The FRONTLINE Dispatch feed on Saturday, March 21. The debut episode, “Covering Coronavirus: Seattle, Washington,” discusses lessons learned from Seattle — an epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. Episode two, “Covering Coronavirus: Cremona, Italy,” is also now available via The FRONTLINE Dispatch feed, or wherever you get your podcasts. Listeners can subscribe to The FRONTLINE Dispatch to get updates when new episodes of “Covering Coronavirus” drop.

FRONTLINE will continue its reporting on the coronavirus beginning with the April 21 PBS broadcast of Coronavirus Pandemic, investigating the federal response to the virus versus that of Washington state, the outbreak’s U.S. epicenter. Later this Spring, FRONTLINE will air documentaries that examine the human toll of the outbreak in Italy, and on the impact the virus has had on impoverished American families in the Midwest.

The FRONTLINE Dispatch is produced at FRONTLINE’s headquarters at WGBH in Boston and distributed by PRX, a leading podcast creator and distributor working closely with WGBH on a range of podcast initiatives. The FRONTLINE Dispatch is made possible by a generous gift from the Abrams Foundation Journalism Initiative.

In addition to Aronson-Rath, The FRONTLINE Dispatch’s editorial staff includes Andrew Metz (managing editor), Max Green (series reporter and producer), James Edwards (series reporter and producer), Lucie Sullivan (production assistant), Sarah Childress (senior editor/reporter) and Lauren Ezell Kinlaw (senior story editor).

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