Veteran investigative journalist Roberta Baskin recently returned to ABC7/WJLA-TV as director of the Investigative Team. In her distinguished career, she has served as executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, senior Washington correspondent for NOW, with Bill Moyers, senior investigative producer for the ABC News magazine 20/20, chief investigative correspondent for the CBS News magazine 48 Hours, and has contributed special reports to the CBS Evening News.
Baskin has won more than 75 journalism prizes, including two duPont-Columbia University Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Radio-Television News Directors Edward R. Murrow Award, and numerous Emmy awards. But her proudest achievements are righting wrongs, changing laws, and transforming the way companies do business.
Baskin has been honored with a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and an Ethics Fellowship at the Poynter Institute. She has served on the board of directors of the Fund for Investigative Journalism for 13 years. She now serves on the executive committee of the Nieman Foundation’s advisory board and is on the board of directors of the International Communications Forum. She also is a judge for the duPont-Columbia Awards and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Committee.
Baskin and her husband, James Trengrove, a senior producer for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, live in Washington, D.C., and have two daughters. When Baskin is not working undercover, she likes to play underwater. She is an avid scuba diver and enjoys “baskin’ in the sun” whenever she can.