Frontline scores another huge honor
Let's brag about a program that airs regularly on Panhandle PBS.
Frontline is produced by WGBH-TV, in Boston. One of its reporters, Martin Smith, has been honored with the 2014 John Chancellor Award granted by the Columbia University School of Journalism.
This is a big deal for Frontline, for PBS -- and, yes, for Panhande PBS viewers.
On Oct. 28, Panhandle PBS viewers are going to get to watch another important bit of reporting by Smith.
He has produced a report called "The Rise of ISIS," the terror group that has revolted the world with those hideous beheadings while declaring its intention to bring its misery to the United States. The U.S. response to ISIS has been to launch massive air strikes in Syria and Iraq.
Smith has been reporting for PBS for four decades. He's reported on al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden and on Wall Street's financial crises. He's reported "on-the-ground" stories of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For his professionalism, Smith has earned the Chancellor award, named in memory of the great NBC correspondent and anchor man, John Chancellor.
"The Rise of ISIS" will reveal the series of blunders that helped give rise to this Sunni extremist cabal of monsters. Martin Smith's experience, expertise and skill be brought to bear once again for Panhandle PBS viewers.