MARTIN SMITH: "Proxy Wars in the Middle East: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the US" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, December 1, 2017, The Salisbury School


In his 31 years producing for PBS FRONTLINE, Martin Smith has covered the world: from revolution in Central America and the fall of communism in Russia, to the rise of Al Qaeda and the war in Iraq.

Smith has produced many hours of programming for FRONTLINE, including: Hunting bin Laden (1999); the four-hour series Drug Wars (2000); and three documentaries looking at the roots of 9/11 – Looking for Answers (2001), Saudi Time Bomb? (2001), and In Search of Al Qaeda  (2002). Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Smith has produced four films on Iraq for FRONTLINE: Gangs of Iraq (2007), Private Warriors (2005), Beyond Baghdad (2004) and Truth, War and Consequences (2003).

In 2014 Smith chronicled The Rise of ISIS and in 2015 the war in Syria with Inside Assad’s Syria. In 2016, Smith finished work on a two-hour film, Confronting ISIS, about the Obama administration’s attempts to defeat the group. Smith has won every major award in television including two duPont Columbia Gold Batons and eight Emmys. He is also a three-time recipient of the George Polk Award for Investigative journalism. In 2014, Smith received the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University.