Rhonda Schwartz is Chief of the ABC News Brian Ross Investigative team. The unit provides in-depth investigative reports for all ABC News television and radio broadcasts, and publishes the daily investigative website, “The Blotter” on ABCNEWS.com.
Schwartz, a 30-year network news veteran, is one of the most respected investigative reporters in television news and has won numerous awards for her investigations of national security issues, terrorism, political and corporate corruption, and human rights abuses. In fall 2006, Schwartz’s reporting broke open the Mark Foley congressional page scandal for ABC News. The Investigative Unit received numerous honors for reporting on this story, including: an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, a Murrow Award, the 2007 National Headliner Award for Television Affiliated Online Journalism, a USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, and an IRE Award.
Most recently, Schwartz received the Edward R. Murrow award for best investigative reporting for a two-part “20/20” undercover investigation into sometimes fatal pharmacy errors at Walgreens drugstores.
A six- time Emmy award winner, Schwartz received the 2005 Emmy for Best Investigative Reporting for “The Money Trail,” a continuing series of stories on the corrupting influence of big money on politics. In 2005, she was the recipient of the prestigious Alfred DuPont-Columbia award for “The Nuclear Smuggling Project,” an international undercover primetime investigation which exposed serious gaps in container port security. The Ross unit was awarded the coveted George Polk award in 2005 for its reporting on CIA secret prisons in Eastern Europe. Schwartz also received the top award in 2005 from the Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Journalists for an exposé on sexual misconduct by U.N. peacekeepers in the Congo.
Schwartz has won three Polk awards for ground-breaking primetime reports: “Blood Money,” an undercover investigation documenting the sale of executed prisoner’s kidneys by the Chinese military; “Shame of Saipan,” an expose of sweatshop labor by American designers in Saipan; and “Made in the USA,” which revealed the extensive use of child labor inWalmart factories overseas.
Schwartz has also received several Overseas Press Club Awards, the Gerald Loeb Award for reporting on the Enron document shredding scandal , the IRE Tom Renner Award for Crime Reporting, and the Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award.
Before joining ABC News, Schwartz spent more than 20 years at NBC News working on a variety of news magazine and documentary programs, including First Tuesday, Chronolog, Weekend, Dateline and the NBC News White Papers series.