Frontline's David Fanning earns Lifetime Achievement Award

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is pleased to congratulate Frontline executive producer David Fanning on receiving the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award, which will be presented by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences tonight at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City, is given in recognition of a distinguished individual who has made a profound and long-term contribution to excellence in television.

From the press release

“In his three decades at the helm of FRONTLINE, David Fanning has produced more than great filmmaking and journalism,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “His commitment to taking on the important issues of the day, regardless of whose feathers might be ruffled in the process, has led to legal and social change within the United States and abroad. That is a deep achievement. CPB is proud to support the remarkable work of David Fanning and the FRONTLINE filmmakers, and we are particularly grateful for his dedication to public media.”

David Fanning has served as FRONTLINE’S executive producer since the first episode aired in 1983. Thirty years later, FRONTLINE has become America’s longest-running investigative documentary series on television, having produced over 530 films. It has been called “the most consistently important weekly hour on television” (The Plain Dealer), winning every major broadcast journalism award.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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