Andrew Metz ’91 is the managing editor for Oscar-nominated film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. A documentary directed by Steve James and produced by FRONTLINE, Abacus is nominated in the Academy Awards’ best documentary category.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail follows the story of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings, the first Chinese-owned bank in New York’s Chinatown. Accused of mortgage fraud by the Manhattan District Attorney, Abacus was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
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In addition to his work with Abacus, Metz is FRONTLINE’s managing editor. He oversees FRONTLINE’s editorial mission by working with journalists to develop and produce original stories. A former journalist, Metz has served as a foreign and national correspondent, local newspaper reporter and television producer.
Metz has worked at the CBS program, 60 Minutes, where he frequently produced for correspondents on the broadcast. His pieces commonly examined subjects from police corruption in Chicago to globalization and the U.S. job market. In 2006, Metz was part of a team that exposed flaws in a rape case against three Duke lacrosse players.
In 2009, Metz 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.
Metz has also been awarded a Pew/International Reporting Project Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. The award supported Metz’s reporting throughout the Middle East for a series on the role of water in regional conflict.