John Carlos Frey’s report on border violence, produced in partnership with Brian Epstein, John Larson, and the entire team at PBS's Need to Know, has again been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism. "Crossing the Line at the Border" was nominated for two Emmys, in the categories for Best Report in a News Magazine and Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine.
The series investigated the 60,000-strong US Border Patrol force and its use of excessive force, including the story of undocumented immigrant Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a longtime San Diego resident and father of five, who was tased to death by officers. Frey's reporting led to a grand jury investigation into Rojas's death as well as an Inspector General's investigation into use of force by Customs and Border Protection.
Also nominated for an Emmy is the MSNBC documentary Semper Fi: Always Faithful in the category of Outstanding Informational Program—Long Form. The film, directed by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon, was the winner of the 2012 Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize which recognizes work that defends the public interest, advances or promotes social justice, or illuminates a more just vision of society.