Tom Jennings

Tom Jennings has been making films for FRONTLINE since 2009. His first, Law and Disorder, a collaboration with A.C. Thompson and ProPublica on police shootings in New Orleans, won the prestigious George Polk Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Jennings then directed the Emmy-nominated A Perfect Terrorist and its sequel, American Terrorist (2011, 2015), was a team producer on the landmark documentary series, Money, Power & Wall Street (2012), and wrote and directed Being Mortal (2015), with New Yorker writer Atul Gawande.

He directed Right to Fail (2019), about people with severe mental illness living independently, Opioids, Inc (2020), and Boeing’s Fatal Flaw (2021), an investigation with The New York Times into the 737-MAX crashes. With June Cross and Jelani Cobb at Columbia University, he made Whose Vote Counts, which won the 2021 Peabody Award and NABJ Award.

Jennings has also received two Emmy Awards, the duPont-Columbia Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, the Deadline Club Award (in partnership with Joaquin Sapien of ProPublica), the Loeb Award, and six Writers Guild of America Awards.

Boeing’s Fatal Flaw
An investigation of Boeing’s flawed 737 Max jet and the crashes that killed 346 people.
September 14, 2021
Whose Vote Counts
As America chooses its next president in the midst of a historic pandemic, FRONTLINE investigates whose vote counts — and whose might not.
October 20, 2020
Opioids, Bribery And Wall Street: The Inside Story Of A Disgraced Drugmaker
Executives from Insys, the maker of Subsys, became the first pharmaceutical bosses to be handed prison time for their role in America’s opioid epidemic.
June 18, 2020
Opioids, Inc.
The story of a drug company that pushed opioids by bribing doctors and committing insurance fraud.
June 23, 2020
Insys Executives Are Sentenced to Prison Time, Putting Opioid Makers On Notice
John Kapoor, the founder of the drugmaker Insys, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for masterminding a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a dangerous painkiller.
January 23, 2020
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Right to Fail
FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate New York's effort to let those with severe mental illnesses live on their own.
February 26, 2019
'I Want to Live Like a Human Being': Where New York Fails Its Mentally Ill
FRONTLINE and ProPublica identified more than two dozen cases in which people with mental illness living in supported housing were not able to care for themselves, leaving them in unsafe or inhumane living conditions.
December 6, 2018
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American Terrorist
How secret electronic surveillance missed catching the Mumbai plotters -- and how American-born David Coleman Headley planned another Charlie Hebdo-like assault against a Danish newspaper.
April 21, 2015
Being Mortal
FRONTLINE follows renowned writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life.
February 10, 2015
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A Perfect Terrorist
FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the mysterious circumstances behind David Headley's rise from heroin dealer and U.S. government informant to plotter of the 2008 attack on Mumbai.
November 22, 2011
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Doctor Hotspot
The story of a New Jersey doctor who seeks out his community's sickest -- and most expensive -- patients.
July 26, 2011
Trial Testimony Reveals Mindset of Confessed Mumbai Terrorist
During five days as the star witness in a federal terrorism trial in Chicago, David Coleman Headley revealed details of what he described as his links to both Pakistan's intelligence service -- the ISI -- and the terrorist organization Lashkar-i-Taiba.
June 6, 2011