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FRONTLINE Fan Friday - Meet Nathan Tobey


This week, in a special installment of FRONTLINE Fan Friday, join us in saying goodbye to Nathan Tobey — who has managed FRONTLINE’s digital community (including this Facebook page and our Twitter feed) for the past four years.

Tell us a bit about yourself and why you watch FRONTLINE.

For me, FRONTLINE is a sensibility — of trying to make sense of the world through reflectiveness and depth and diligence, instead of through ideology,
 
For the past four years, I’ve had the chance to engage with a community of people who believe in that sensibility. It has been one of the great experiences of my life.
 
I love FRONTLINE for challenging me to think hard about what really matters, and for encouraging me to find the space to think deeply about why things are the way they are.
 
What’s your most memorable FRONTLINE moment?

There’s a moment in Michael Kirk’s documentary The Man Who Knew (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/knew/view/) that I’ll never forget. The film tells the story of John O’Neill, a former FBI agent who tried to stop 9/11 from happening.

 

Kirk recreates the night of 9/10 — O’Neill’s last night on earth — and the fact that he spent it in his favorite haunt, with dear friends, telling them he thought something bad was about to happen.
 
It’s not climactic, exactly. It doesn’t reveal some big secret. But it’s so haunting and unforgettable — the sort of quiet, human moment nothing else on TV would explore with such depth and respect.
 
If there was one FRONTLINE you would have everyone watch, which would it be?
 

Facing Death (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/facing-death). This film by Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor will make you realize that you have to stop avoiding whatever you’re putting off —because you only have so long.

 
Is there anyone you know who isn’t watching FRONTLINE, but should be?

I’ve converted almost everyone I know to watching FRONTLINE — that’s been my entire job for four years!
 
But I’m still working on my brother. He’s a busy guy, and he usually gets his news in quick, efficient ways. Even though I’m leaving FRONTLINE, I’m not going to give up on converting him!
 
This will be our final Fan Friday for the time being—but stay tuned for a relaunch soon! And feel free to leave your well-wishes for Nathan in the comments.