December 8, 2019

Event Coverage Highlight

FRONTLINE Founder David Fanning Accepts President’s Award

In introducing PBS FRONTLINE founder David Fanning at the Annual Awards Dinner, OPC President Marcus Mabry said that since the 1970s, the pioneering news documentary maker had been driven “by passion, intelligence and a fearless dedication to get at the truth.” Fanning is this year’s recipient of the President’s Award, given each year for distinguished service in the field of journalism.

Since FRONTLINE’s launch in 1983, the show has won more than a dozen OPC Awards, 18 Peabody Awards and 75 Emmys.

“The ideas, the concerns and the purpose that the Overseas Press Club represents is at the very heart of FRONTLINE,” Fanning said during his acceptance speech. “I don’t have to tell you what you already know: that if we want to understand who we are, we have to know how we live and how the rest of the world has to survive.”

“We will always have miscarriages of justice. We will always have people in high places who abuse their power ad reckless policies in far-off places,” Fanning said during an introductory video. “FRONTLINE represents the idea that we can take a path through this forest of information and draw a bright line through it and make sense of the world.”

Click the window below to see a video of Fanning’s remarks.