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Raney Aronson-Rath

A Conversation

Aronson Rath Raney

Friday, April 2, 2021
8:00 pm


Virtual Event

This event will take place online - please see listing for information on how to attend.


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
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Free of charge

Raney Aron­son-Rath is the exec­u­tive pro­ducer of FRONT­LINE, PBS’ flag­ship inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism series, and a lead­ing voice on the future of jour­nal­ism. Aron­son-Rath over­sees FRONT­LINEs acclaimed report­ing on air and online and directs the series’ edi­to­r­ial vision, exec­u­tive pro­duc­ing over 20 doc­u­men­taries each year on crit­i­cal issues fac­ing the coun­try and world. Under her lead­er­ship, FRONT­LINE has earned two Oscar nom­i­na­tions, and has won every major award in broad­cast jour­nal­ism, includ­ing Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards, an Insti­tu­tional Peabody Award, and the first Alfred I. duPont-Colum­bia Gold Baton awarded in a decade. For 16 years, Aron­son-Rath has served as a Liv­ingston Awards judge hon­or­ing reporters under the age of 35 and iden­ti­fy­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of jour­nal­ism leaders.

At a time when broad skep­ti­cism of the news media has reached new highs, Aron­son-Rath has cemented FRONT­LINEs rep­u­ta­tion as a source of trust­wor­thy and con­sis­tent inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism. She has expanded FRONTLINE’s report­ing capac­ity, spear­headed an ini­tia­tive to bol­ster local jour­nal­ism in news deserts, and guided FRONT­LINEs evo­lu­tion from a long­stand­ing doc­u­men­tary series to a timely, multi-plat­form jour­nal­ism orga­ni­za­tion that is com­mit­ted to uncov­er­ing vital sto­ries and telling them in new ways. The New York Times described Aronson-Rath’s col­lab­o­ra­tive model for inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism as increas­ingly impor­tant … as a way to reach new view­ers and pro­duce more in-depth reports.”

Aron­son-Rath has led an ongo­ing charge for trans­parency in jour­nal­ism – includ­ing through the FRONT­LINE Trans­parency Project, an effort to open up the source mate­r­ial behind FRONT­LINEs report­ing. She served as the sole pub­lic media rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Knight Com­mis­sion on Trust, Media, and Democ­racy, a blue-rib­bon panel that pub­lished a land­mark report on the causes and con­se­quences of grow­ing dis­trust in demo­c­ra­tic insti­tu­tions, includ­ing the press.

For this speaker series event, Aron­son-Rath will be in con­ver­sa­tion with Lynette Clemet­son, the Direc­tor of Wal­lace House, Knight-Wal­lace Fel­low­ships and the Liv­ingston Awards for Young Jour­nal­ists at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan. A long­time jour­nal­ist, she was a cor­re­spon­dent for Newsweek mag­a­zine in the U.S. and Asia, a national cor­re­spon­dent for The New York Times, and senior direc­tor of strat­egy and new ini­tia­tives at NPR. Wal­lace House works to sus­tain and ele­vate the careers of jour­nal­ists, fos­ter civic engage­ment, and uphold the role of a free press in demo­c­ra­tic society.

This pro­gram is brought to you with sup­port from Wal­lace House and our series part­ners, Detroit Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion and PBS Books.