Richard Rowley


Richard Rowley is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning director. His films have won Television Academy Honors, the DuPont-Columbia Award, a Peabody Nomination, and have been honored at festivals around the world. Rowley’s Oscar nominated feature Dirty Wars (2013) was the culmination of ten years as a war reporter in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the lesser-known battlegrounds of America’s war on terror. Since then, Rowley has turned his lens on our domestic racial nightmare. His 2019 feature for Showtime, 16 SHOTS, won Television Academy Honors and a Peabody nomination for its unflinching look at the police murder of Laquan McDonald and the coverup that followed. His Emmy-winning series Documenting Hate (2018) unmasked an underground neo-Nazi fight club and a terrorist cell. The series received a DuPont Award, and prompted an FBI investigation that led to dozens of arrests.

Areas of Expertise:

World, War & Conflict, Terrorism

Michael Flynn's Holy War FRONTLINE Associate Press documentary
Michael Flynn's Holy War
How did Michael Flynn go from being an elite soldier overseas to waging a “spiritual war” in America?
October 18, 2022
1h 24m
American Insurrection Update 2022
American Insurrection
Investigating the threat of far-right violence in America a year after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
January 4, 2022
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Documenting Hate: New American Nazis
FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military.
November 20, 2018
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Documenting Hate: Charlottesville
FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the white supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville rally.
August 7, 2018
New Video Shows Undercover FBI Operation Against Bundy Family
In a never-before-released video, FBI agents posing as documentary filmmakers can be seen running an undercover operation to investigate Ammon Bundy and his family for their role in the 2014 armed standoff with the government in Bunkerville, Nevada.
May 15, 2017
Terror in Little Saigon
FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the unsolved murders of a series of Vietnamese-American journalists.
November 3, 2015