Contact: Arnie LabatonRegion: United States

Title: Executive Producer
Genre: Factual
Region: United States

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RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY delivers one-of-a-kind news coverage from around the nation and the world.

Since its debut in 1997, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY has set itself apart from the mainstream media by providing distinctive, cutting-edge news coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy and produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, the acclaimed one-of-a-kind TV show examines religion’s role — and the ethical dimensions — behind top news headlines.

Correspondents Saul Gonzalez, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Tim O’Brien, Deborah Potter, Betty Rollin, Lucky Severson and Judy Valente, along with managing editor Kim Lawton, travel around the nation and the globe to explore how issues of faith, religion and ethics shape both national and international events. Newsmakers, scholars and policy analysts also provide insightful perspectives in roundtable discussions from the show’s studio in Washington, DC.

Winner of more than 115 industry awards — including the Sigma Delta Chi, the Gracie Allen, the Chicago TV Fest, New York Festival and CINE Golden Eagle — the program has been hailed by the Religion Newswriters’ Association for setting “a national standard for balanced and fair coverage of religious topics.” Phil Mushnick with The New York Post says, “Week after week, R & E similarly delivers, helping restore one’s faith in, of all things, television.” And Charles Honey of The Grand Rapids Press writes, “As far as news stories go, there are none better.”

To complement the program’s weekly broadcast, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLYoffers a Web site, The Web site features individual show transcripts, streaming video of weekly reports, full transcripts of interviews with notable guests, related articles dealing with significant issues in religion and ethics news, a list of related resources and an online pressroom featuring downloadable versions of the program press kit, as well as detailed summaries of individual stories. Audio and video podcasts of the program are also available.


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Arnold Labaton is an award-winning producer and executive with more than 50 years  experience in television production and management.  Since 1999 he has been the executive producer of the PBS newsmagazine series Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.  During that time, the series has received more than 150 awards.

He has also been the executive producer of a number of other PBS programs including Media Matters, a series of primetime specials about the news media hosted by Alex Jones; two feature-length documentaries, Arguing the World about four New York intellectuals (all CCNY graduates) and A Life Apart, a look inside the American Hasidic Jewish community; and the nine-hour miniseries, Heritage: Civilization and the Jews with Abba Eban.He was also Thirteen/WNET’s executive producer on the mini-series Messengers from Moscow which was co-produced with the BBC


From 1991 through 1992, Labaton was the executive director of PBS’s 1992 presidential election coverage.


Between 1978 and 1991 as vice president and deputy head and then as senior vice president and head of Thirteen/WNET’s Production Center Labaton oversaw the development and production of several national series and specials including The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, Great Performances, Nature and American Masters and mini-series’ The Brain, The Mind, and Art of the Western World.