Murrow Symposium honoring Frontline

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 in Blog

Murrow Symposium honoring Frontline

Last night was the 2007 Edward R. Murrow Symposium honoring Frontline and Executive Producer David Fanning. Over the past few days I’ve had the privilege to share a meal and conversation with this legendary journalist and have to say that he is truly one of the most brilliant filmmakers of our age. His speech was truly inspiring! Check it out online:


The 2007 Edward R. Murrow Symposium features David Fanning, executive producer of acclaimed PBS investigative reporting program FRONTLINE.Washington State University and The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication present the Edward R. Murrow Distinguished Achievement Award in Journalism to FRONTLINE and its executive producer, David Fanning, at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Fanning addresses the audience following the awards presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

A stalwart of broadcast news since 1983, FRONTLINE is America’s only regularly scheduled investigative documentary series on television. The program is renowned for its coverage of tough, controversial issues and complex stories, and has won all of the major awards for broadcast journalism, including 32 Emmys, 22 duPont-Columbia University Awards, 12 Peabody Awards, and nine Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.

David Fanning began development of FRONTLINE in 1982 and has been executive producer since the series’ first season. Starting out as a young journalist in South Africa, Fanning produced his first films for BBC-TV on topics of race and religion in his troubled homeland. After coming to the United States in 1973, he produced and directed local and national documentaries for public television, and soon launched a long succession of collaborations between U.S. and European television. He founded the international documentary series WORLD in Boston, producing and presenting more than 50 films for PBS in five years. Fanning’s many achievements include an Emmy Award for best investigative documentary.

Named for WSU’s most illustrious graduate, the Edward R. Murrow Symposium is sponsored by the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and acknowledges exceptional achievement in communication. Murrow graduated from Washington State College, now Washington State University, with a degree in speech in 1930.