Gold Baton Winner: A series of seven riveting programs on PBS about the origin and impact of terrorism by Islamic militants
"FRONTLINE" has created an encyclopedia of terrorism for television with these seven documentaries. Just two days after 9/11, "FRONTLINE" updated its 1999 report on Osama bin Laden to explain the genesis of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Over the following months, "FRONTLINE" continued to weave together varying viewpoints and disparate plot lines with extraordinary clarity, often collaborating with the Canadian Broadcasting Company, the British Broadcasting Company and the New York Times. This series never flinches from showing why terrorist groups harbor such hate for America and includes people whose attitudes toward the United States are undoubtedly offensive to many viewers. Yet all of the programs are balanced and never sensationalized. These seven programs about the crisis of the moment and the issues and beliefs that spawned it are important not only to the public television audience, but also in validating the role of television news in a democracy.
"Hunting bin Laden," 9/13/01; "Target America," 10/4/01; "Looking for Answers," 10/9/01; "Trail of a Terrorist," 10/25/01; "Gunning for Saddam," 11/08/01; "Saudi Time Bomb," 11/15/01; "Inside the Terror Network," 1/17/02
Lowell Bergman, Jim Gilmore, Terence McKenna, Hendrick Smith, Peter Taylor, correspondents; Lowell Bergman, Michael Kirk, Ken Levis, Ben Loeterman, Eamon T. Oâ€™Connor, Stephen Phizicky, Alex Shprintsen, Martin Smith (U.S.), Martin Smith (U.K.), producers; Michael Sullivan, executive producer for special projects; David Fanning, executive producer.