Investigative journalist Roberta Baskin has won more than 75 journalism prizes, including three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, and numerous Emmy awards. But her proudest achievements are righting wrongs, changing laws, and transforming the way companies do business.
Baskin began her career as an investigative reporter in Chicago and Washington D.C. She has served as executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, senior Washington correspondent for NOW with Bill Moyers, senior investigative producer for ABC’s 20/20, and chief investigative correspondent for the CBS program 48 Hours.
Baskin’s most recent investigation of a chain of dental clinics for children doing unnecessary drilling for millions of dollars in Medicaid money won a national Emmy and the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award. Many of her best known investigations have focused on human rights and corporate misconduct. She broke international stories on Nike's sweatshops in Vietnam and the world's soccer industry relying on child labor in Pakistan to stitch soccer balls. Both investigations led to sweeping changes.
In the fall of 2008, Baskin was elected to the board of directors of the Journalism and Women's Symposium. She also began teaching a graduate course, the Broadcast Investigative Reporting Project, at Georgetown University. She has been a popular guest lecturer internationally from Baku to Borneo, is an avid scuba diver, and likes to “baskin” the sun whenever she can. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Jim Trengrove, also a journalist, and daughters Vanessa, a high school senior, and Chelsea, a junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder.