FRONTLINE Nominated for 15 Emmy Awards


(Eric Gulliver)

August 6, 2020

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced today that FRONTLINE, the acclaimed PBS investigative series, has earned 15 News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations. These nominations recognize the breadth of the series’ domestic and international investigative reporting – from the escalation of the U.S. fight against Al Qaeda in Yemen, to the mass confinement of migrant children under the Trump administration, to the promise and perils of artificial intelligence. 

FRONTLINE’s 15 nods contributed to PBS’s total of 48 nominations — making PBS the most nominated network.

Of these nominations, FRONTLINE was recognized with two nominations for its documentary in collaboration with NPR, Coal’s Deadly Dust, and for its documentary in collaboration with BBC News Arabic, Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade.

“We are humbled to see our journalism honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with these 15 Emmy nominations, and are grateful to PBS, CPB and WGBH for their steadfast support of our reporting and mission,” says FRONTLINE Executive Producer, Raney Aronson-Rath. “We are proud to be nominated alongside our colleagues, at a time when public media is a vital resource to the American public.”

The 41st Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. FRONTLINE has won 93 Emmy Awards to date.

You can stream our Emmy Award-nominated documentaries below:


Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newsmagazine

 Targeting Yemen (Credits) 


Kids Caught in the Crackdown (Credits)



Outstanding Investigative Report in a Newsmagazine

Coal’s Deadly Dust (Credits)

Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade (Credits)



Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

On the President’s Orders (Credits)


Fire in Paradise (Credits)


Outstanding Investigative Documentary

 Predator on the Reservation (Credits)

 Flint’s Deadly Water (Credits)

Outstanding Historical Documentary

Supreme Revenge (Credits)


Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

In the Age of AI (Credits)

Best Story in a Newsmagazine

Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade (Credits)

Coal’s Deadly Dust (Credits)

Outstanding Writing

 Zero Tolerance (Credits) 

Outstanding Video Journalism: News

Ebola in Congo (Credits)

Outstanding Promotional Announcement

“Rule The World”


CorrectionAn earlier version of this announcement erroneously stated that FRONTLINE had the most Emmy Award nominations.

Anne Husted

Anne Husted, Series Publicity Manager, FRONTLINE



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