Carey Institute Advisory Board Members Bring Home Nine Emmys


Nonfiction Advisory Board Members Raney Aronson-Rath & Robert J. Rosenthal win in News & Documentary categories


Rensselaerville, N.Y.—Nine Emmys were awarded to members of the Carey Institute for Global Good’s Nonfiction Advisory Board this week for work produced independently.

The Institute is pleased to congratulate Raney Aronson-Rath on seven wins for films she oversaw as executive producer of PBS’s longform documentary series, “Frontline.” The Center for Investigative Reporting, run by Advisory Board Member Robert J. Rosenthal, was also honored with two awards.

Emmy wins by “Frontline” include Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story–Long Form (“Outbreak”); Outstanding Investigative Journalism–Long Form as well as Outstanding Research (“My Brother’s Bomber”); Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine (“ISIS in Afghanistan”); Outstanding Informational Programming–Long Form (“Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA”); Best Report in a News Magazine (“ISIS in Afghanistan”); and New Approaches: Documentaries (“Inheritance”). Aronson-Rath has been heralded for her leadership of the PBS flagship investigative journalism series, sustaining “Frontline’s” commitment to longform documentary filmmaking while also pushing the boundaries of nonfiction storytelling in new digital media.  

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) received an award in business and economic reporting for its collaboration with “PBS NewsHour” on “Deadly Oil Fields.” “Reveal,” a public radio program and website managed by CIR, won for new approaches in current news coverage for its series “The Dead Unknown.” The program explored unsolved cases of missing people and the unidentified victims of murder.  As part of this, “Reveal’s” producers and digital developers created an open-source app to be used in researching cold cases. An award-winning journalist, Rosenthal is the executive director for the organization.

Both Rosenthal and Aronson have been members of the Carey Institute’s Nonfiction Advisory Board since the program’s founding in 2015. The Carey Institute Nonfiction residency is one of very few in the United States devoted to documentarians, journalists and photographers at a time when funding for such longform work is dwindling. The Carey Institute’s fellowship program provides fellows with meals, work space, mentorship and lodging on the Institute’s historic 100-acre estate.

“This was a banner week for our distinguished colleagues on the Advisory board for the Carey Nonfiction Program,” said Program Director Tom Jennings. “As a documentary filmmaker with close ties to ‘Frontline’ and a great admiration for the work of the Center for Investigative Reporting, I am thrilled that Raney and Robert have again been recognized for their significant contributions to longform journalism.”

Several other members of the Carey Institute Nonfiction Advisory Board were nominated for Emmys, including Sheri Fink and Program Director Tom Jennings. Congratulations to all.

The Carey Institute’s Nonfiction Program is currently accepting applications for its Spring 2017 class of fellows. Longform creators working in all media are encouraged to fill out a pre-application on the Carey Institute’s website.


The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. P. Carey and is dedicated to making the world better by contributing to a strong, educated and just society.  Through its programs, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day.