FRONTLINE Wins Seven News and Documentary Emmy Awards


October 2, 2013

Six FRONTLINE films and our 2012 fall preview reel won last night at the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Executive Producer David Fanning also received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, in recognition of his “decades-long commitment to combining exceptional filmmaking with serious journalism, and for his unmatched dedication to coverage of the critical issues of our time,” the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said in announcing the award.

Fanning said the award was an “extraordinary honor.”

“We’ve had this astonishing commitment from public broadcasting to get the work right — to set the bar high, and to know that we have a profound obligation to the public interest,” he said in his remarks on Tuesday night.

He added: “Whether it’s pressure from politicians on the Hill, powerful corporations, or even the NFL, we have never, ever, had anyone lean in on FRONTLINE’s editorial process.  It’s an amazing history of trust and editorial independence, unrivaled anywhere.”

“Last night, deeply important journalism and strong storytelling won the day,” said Raney Aronson-Rath, the series’ deputy executive producer. “We are truly honored this year to have received so many awards and to have had David Fanning recognized with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a celebration of FRONTLINE’s legacy and our teams’ continued efforts to deliver incisive documentaries that never shy away from the complex stories of our time. We are so proud of all our winners and nominees.”

 Watch the winning films below, and check out our promotional reel here. Congratulations to all the winners.

Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine

The Battle for Syria: A journey inside the heart of the Syrian insurgency as rebels waged a full-scale assault. (Credits)

Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine

Opium Brides: The unexpected collateral damage of the counternarcotics effort in Afghanistan. (Credits)

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story – Long Form

Inside Japan’s Nuclear MeltdownThe desperate days after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, told by those who were there. (Credits)

Outstanding Investigative Journalism — Long Form

Big Sky, Big MoneyA tale of money and politics from Montana, the epicenter of the campaign-finance debate. (Credits)

Outstanding Informational Programming — Long Form

The InterruptersAn intimate journey across the violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of those fighting to sow peace and security.  (Credits)

Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form

Money, Power and Wall StreetThe four-part, inside story of the global financial crisis. Watch Part One below, and then the next three parts here. (Credits)

Overall, PBS received nine Emmy Awards. See the full list of award winners here.

Most importantly, none of this would have been possible without you, our viewers and fans. Thank you for supporting us, for watching us, and for telling the people in your life about FRONTLINE. 

Sarah Childress

Sarah Childress, Senior Editor & Director of Local Projects, FRONTLINE



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