Philip Bennett

Special Projects Editor

Philip Bennett is the Special Projects Editor at FRONTLINE. He has spent more than 30 years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor and television journalist.

Since 2016 he has co-produced a dozen FRONTLINE films, including Divided States of America (2017), the Emmy award-winning The Choice 2016 and America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump (2020). As Special Projects Editor he launched FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project and works on investigative projects with newsrooms around the country as part of the FRONTLINE Local Journalism Initiative.

Bennett was the managing editor of FRONTLINE between 2011-13, helping to oversee the series’ journalism. Before working in documentary film, he was managing editor of The Washington Post for four years, a period in which the newspaper won 10 Pulitzer Prizes. As the Post’s foreign editor after the attacks of September 11, 2001, he directed the paper’s global coverage including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bennett’s journalism career started in 1982 at The Lima Times in Peru. He was a foreign correspondent in Latin America, covering Mexico and Central America during the 1980s. His work has appeared in many publications, including Vanity Fair, the Atlantic and El Pais in Spain.

For 11 years he was a professor of journalism and public policy at Duke University. He holds a degree in history from Harvard College.

Can Police Reform Work? A Mayor and a Historian Discuss Policing in Newark, N.J.
Ras Baraka is the mayor of Newark, N.J. Jelani Cobb is an academic and a writer for The New Yorker. Watch and read their conversations, five years apart, for "Policing the Police," available for the first time as extended videos and transcripts.
March 16, 2021
'It's a Very Tough Job': In Rural Wisconsin, a Struggle to Save Family Farms and a Way of Life
Spend a few hours listening to people who live in Clark County, Wisconsin, and you hear a lot about what’s ailing small farms. But you also hear about the community ties and independence that keep them in farming.
January 25, 2021
Trump Supporters Hold "Stop The Steal" Rally In DC Amid Ratification Of Presidential Election
Trump's American Carnage
From his first days as president to his last, how Trump stoked division, violence and insurrection.
January 26, 2021
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President Biden
The story of how crisis and tragedy prepared Joe Biden to become America’s next president.
January 19, 2021
Behind ‘The Choice’: How We Filmed 47 Interviews in a Pandemic
FRONTLINE shares a behind-the-scenes look at how filmmakers conducted 47 remote interviews for "The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden" against the backdrop of COVID-19.
September 22, 2020
1h 54m
The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden
FRONTLINE investigates the defining moments that shaped Donald Trump and Joe Biden's lives.
September 22, 2020
Protesters against the state's extended stay-at-home order demonstrate in Austin
United States of Conspiracy
How trafficking in conspiracy theories went from the fringes of U.S. politics into the White House.
July 28, 2020
3h 49m
America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump
FRONTLINE investigates America’s increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics.
January 13, 2020
U.S. President Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico Border in Otay Mesa
Zero Tolerance
How President Trump turned immigration into a powerful political weapon that fueled division and violence.
October 22, 2019
Supreme Revenge: Battle for the Court
FRONTLINE traces how Mitch McConnell’s decades-long strategy to reshape the Supreme Court led to Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation.
November 24, 2020
The Mueller Investigation
With the Mueller report complete, a look back at how we arrived at this moment.
March 22, 2019
The Frontline Interviews: The Facebook Dilemma
Frontline filmed four dozen original interviews while making The Facebook Dilemma. Explore many of these interviews — and see how Frontline used them in the film — in this interactive version of The Facebook Dilemma, part of FRONTLINE's Transparency Project.
December 3, 2018