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Journalism and the Public Trust

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Bios for Journalism panelists:


Andrew Metz is FRONTLINE’s Managing Editor. He oversees the editorial mission for FRONTLINE, working with journalists to develop and produce original stories, reviewing reporting for all FRONTLINE’s programming and managing collaborations with the series’ many journalism partners.


Andrew has helped FRONTLINE extend its investigative, narrative journalism and values of fairness, depth and transparency beyond documentaries to multiple new platforms, from short-form video and virtual reality to interactive storytelling and podcasts.


From the emergence of ISIS to the wars in Syria and Yemen, from the 2016 presidential election to the plight of refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and abroad, the work he has overseen at FRONTLINE has won every major award in broadcast journalism, as well as an Academy Award nomination for the 2017 film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.


Throughout his career, he has been an award-winning newspaper and television journalist, reporting foreign, national and local stories. He worked at the CBS program, 60 Minutes, where his pieces examined subjects from police corruption in Chicago to globalization and the U.S. job market; illegal animal trafficking in Madagascar to the Vatican’s dispute with American nuns. He was part of a team that exposed flaws in the rape case against three Duke lacrosse players, and in 2009, he was one of the producers of the Emmy-winning first interviews with the pilot, crew and passengers of the US Airways plane that crashed in the Hudson River.


David Abel – An award-winning reporter on the Globe staff since 1999, David Abel has covered war in the Balkans, unrest in Latin America, national security issues in Washington D.C., terrorism in New York and Boston, and climate change and poverty in New England.


Abel, also a documentary filmmaker and an occasional professor of journalism, was part of the team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for the paper’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. He now covers the environment for the Globe.


David Olson – David Olson is editor of The Salem News and The Gloucester Daily Times. He began his journalism career as a Gloucester intern in 1992 and his since held several positions in the company, including waterfront reporter, education reporter, business columnist, city editor and Statehouse bureau chief. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he has won several regional and national journalism awards, most recently the Allan B. Rogers Award for distinguished editorial writing from the New England Newspaper and Press Association.


Danielle Denman – Danielle Denman is a senior at Gloucester High, and is kicking off her third year as an Editor for The Gillnetter. Gloucester residents of all ages read the Gillnetter due to its excellent reporting. Their mission statement says: “The Gillnetter aims to inform, interpret and entertain through accurate and factual reports. Student journalists strive to present all issues with fairness, impartiality, maturity and journalistic integrity.

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