FRONTLINE Wins Two Emmys at 40th Annual News & Documentary Awards


(Eric Gulliver)

September 25, 2019

FRONTLINE was honored with two Emmys at Tuesday night’s 40th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony. The series was recognized for its innovative approach toward documenting the impact of climate change and its investigative reporting on the resurgence of white supremacist groups in America.

The Last Generation — an interactive documentary  that offers an up-close look at climate change in the low-lying Marshall Islands — won the Emmy Award in the “New Approaches: Documentary” category. Produced by Michelle Mizner and Katie Worth, in collaboration with the GroundTruth Project, The Last Generation is told through the eyes of three Marshallese children: 12-year-old Wilmer, 14-year-old Julia and 9-year-old Izerman. The kids share their hopes for the future while grappling with the possibility of seeing their homeland disappear due to rising sea levels.

Documenting Hate, the two-part investigative series in collaboration with ProPublica, won the Emmy Award for the “Outstanding Investigative Documentary” category. Both films were written and directed by Rick Rowley and produced by A.C. Thompson and Karim Hajj. Part one, Documenting Hate: Charlottesvilleinvestigates the white supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, revealing how ill-prepared law enforcement was to handle the influx of hate groups from across the nation. The second film in the Emmy Award-winning series, Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, exposes a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military.

“I’m so proud to see our major two-part documentary in collaboration with ProPublica, Documenting Hate, and our interactive documentary in collaboration with the GroundTruth Project, The Last Generation recognized in this way,” said FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath, who presented during the awards ceremony in New York. “We’re so fortunate to work with tenacious reporters and producers who are committed to telling tough stories, holding people in power accountable, and unearthing issues that impact our world. Congratulations to our winning and nominated filmmakers, and thank you to PBS, CPB, WGBH and our loyal viewers for their steadfast support.

Read the full list of winners here. Including this year’s wins, FRONTLINE has earned 93 Emmys to date. You can watch Documenting Hate below, and explore The Last Generation here.


Outstanding Investigative Documentary

Documenting Hate: Charlottesville (Credits); Documenting Hate: New American Nazis (Credits)

Anne Husted

Anne Husted, Series Publicity Manager, FRONTLINE



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