Fellows & Editors

 

Raney Aronson-Rath

Trip:
Fellows Spring 2000
Affiliation:
ABC News
Country:
India
Year:
2000

As executive producer for PBS’ flagship public affairs documentary series FRONTLINE, Raney Aronson-Rath guides the editorial development and execution of the series, from primetime television broadcasts to multiplatform initiatives. She oversees all phases of production and runs the daily editorial management of the series, as well as FRONTLINE’s new monthly magazine program. Instrumental in spearheading the magazine launch, Aronson-Rath works to re-imagine long-form documentary while maintaining the excellence in journalism and production for which FRONTLINE is known.

Since joining FRONTLINE’s staff in 2007, Aronson-Rath has focused on expanding the reach of FRONTLINE’s content and the breadth of the series’ reporting capabilities, in addition to senior producing a number of FRONTLINE productions, including The Wounded Platoon, The Card Game, The Business of Bribes and the Emmy-nominated Rules of Engagement. Committed to exploring innovative uses of the Web and cross-platform collaborations, Aronson-Rath has led a number of new experimental projects. The Polk Award-winning Law & Disorder emerged from a yearlong on-air and online investigation into questionable police shootings by the New Orleans Police Department in the wake of Katrina. The Digital Nation website launched prior to broadcast as part of FRONTLINE’s first multiplatform project, publishing short online video reports about life on the digital frontier in addition to a producer’s blog and a mosaic of user-generated content called “Your Stories,” designed to let visitors participate in the documentary process.

At the heart of Aronson-Rath’s mission to develop sustainable in-depth investigative reporting is the collaborative partnerships she has pioneered with ProPublica, NPR’s investigative unit and The Center for Public Integrity. Post Mortem, an exposé on death investigation in America, is a uniquely coordinated multiplatform reporting effort by FRONTLINE, ProPublica and NPR, along with UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program and California Watch. The report spanned across the platforms of Web, radio, print and television.

Prior to joining the series as senior producer, Aronson-Rath produced, directed and wrote six FRONTLINE films — News War: Secrets, Sources & Spin; The Last Abortion Clinic; The Soldier’s Heart; The Jesus Factor; and The Alternative Fix — as well as three FRONTLINE/World stories based in India and Hong Kong. Her FRONTLINE/World story on AIDS among India’s sex workers won an Overseas Press Club Award.

Before her work with FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath worked on a number of award-winning series at ABC News, including Hopkins 24/7, which won the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton. She was coordinating producer on the ABC primetime series Boston 24/7 and a field producer on several award-winning specials from the Peter Jennings Reporting unit. Aronson-Rath also lived and worked as a newspaper reporter for The China Post in Taipei, Taiwan, for two years. Aronson-Rath was the 2005 inaugural recipient of the Peter S. McGhee Fellowship from WGBH. She has also been awarded the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Media Fellowship, a Sundance Documentary Fund grant, a New York State Council on the Arts grant and an International Reporting Project Fellowship.

Aronson-Rath has a bachelor’s degree in South Asian studies and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent her junior year living in Benaras, India. She received her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Stories

  • The sex workers

    In the heart of Mumbai, India [also known as Bombay] lies Kamathipura, one of the country's poorest districts and also its largest red light district, home to more than 60,000 sex workers. In...

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