PBS Newshour

I spent five years as a staff shooting producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting, working on investigative segments for the PBS Newshour, which broadcasts in primetime in the United States. These segments sometimes launched in tandem with documentaries I made on the same subject, and the stories won a number of American broadcasting awards, including a News & Documentary Emmy, three nominations, and a Peabody award.

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When Brendan Wegner went to work in North Dakota's Bakken oil fields, his family had no idea it was so dangerous. On average, a worker dies every six weeks. On his first day on the rig, Wegner was killed by an explosion, and OSHA launched an investigation. Special correspondent Jennifer Gollan of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting examines how employers avoid accountability.

The segment won a News & Documentary Emmy award in 2016, and was featured on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on HBO.


Networks: PBS Newshour,  USA

Role: Staff Shooting Producer

On Thursday in a German courtroom, a verdict will be rendered in the world's first trial against a high-ranking former officer in the Syrian regime for crimes against humanity. Anwar Ruslan was in charge of interrogations in a government prison and stands accused of overseeing mass torture, rape and killing. 

I reported, produced and shot this segment, which launched in tandem with the feature documentary, The Journalist And Her Jailers.

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Veterans can receive the full cost of a college education under the GI Bill, but recently funds from the bill have flowed mostly to for-profit schools, even though veterans' prospects are often not appreciably better after attending them.

The first of two parts.

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Since 2009, the G.I. Bill has paid up to $21,000 a year of college tuition for those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Much of that money, though, goes to for-profit schools, which award degrees some employers don’t recognize.

This the second part of the series, which was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy award in 2016.

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With an estimated 80 million feral cats in communities across the United States, there is growing a controversy on how to deal with them. Euthanizing cats has been the traditional approach, but many animal rights activists believe that approach is cruel and inhumane.

This segment launched in tandem with the documentary Catfight.

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Some veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have returned home to face another battle: addiction to narcotic painkillers prescribed by their doctors.

This segment was part of a multimedia entry that won a Peabody award and was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy award in 2014.

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In San Francisco, a woman is suing the Jehovah's Witnesses for failing to protect her from a known child abuser when she was a child. The Center for Investigative Reporting has shed light on accusations that religious leaders led a cover-up of child sex abuse, and how the organization is using the first amendment to fight these charges.

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Pelican Bay State Prison in Northern California is designed to hold some of the state's most violent offenders in isolated security units. In early July, inmates launched a state-wide hunger strike to demand limits on time spent in solitary. Special correspondent Michael Montgomery offers background on the policy.