Raney Aronson to Succeed David Fanning at ‘Frontline’

By Mark Joyella 

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WGBH president Jonathan Abbott has named Raney Aronson as the next executive producer of “Frontline,” succeeding David Fanning, who has led the award-winning documentary series for more than thirty years.

“There is no one more qualified to lead Frontline into the future than Raney Aronson. With her exceptional journalistic skills, deep commitment to documentary filmmaking, and clear editorial vision, she is doing groundbreaking investigative work and expanding FRONTLINE into a trans-media enterprise that is engaging new audiences.”

Aronson has been Frontline’s deputy executive producer since 2012, and joined the show in 2001. She previously worked at ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and MSNBC. In a statement, Aronson called her promotion “a great honor” and thanked Fanning for his leadership and support. “I am inspired by his legacy, and honored to guide FRONTLINE’s future.”

Fanning will remain with PBS, in the role of executive producer at large. He will focus on film projects when he assumes the role in June. “I have had one of the best jobs in journalism, and been able to work with so many talented and smart people,” Fanning said. “I have deep confidence that Raney Aronson will carry on this work with distinction.”