Frontline earns key broadcasting honor

Pardon the shameless self-promotion here.

Actually, it’s for Frontline, the PBS documentary series that continues to blow the lid off huge stories that need to be told.

Frontline, which is seen on Panhandle PBS on Tuesday evenings, has been honored with the DuPont/Columbia University Award in recognition of its broadcast on “Rape in the Fields.” The award honors programs aired on broadcast and digital media.

The documentary special told of the hideous instances of rape occurring against female undocumented migrant farm workers by their employers.

“Frontline is after the untold story — investigating stories that are tough and fair,” said Raney Aronson-Rath, the series’s deputy executive producer. “This story literally had not been investigated by national media and our reporting team broke new ground across the country … We feel it’s increasingly important for Frontline to look at communities in which mainstream media doesn’t cover, communities that don’t have a voice.”

Frontline earned one of 14 such awards announced this week.

Frontline is produced by public television station WGBH in Boston, Mass. It’s hard-hitting, thorough and, dare I say it, educational in the extreme.

This kind of programming’s value goes way beyond measure to those of us who seek to be informed rather than merely entertained. What’s more, you can watch it online for free at

Congratulations, Frontline.


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