ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent
Brian Ross is an award-winning investigative journalist who serves as ABC News’ Chief Investigative Correspondent. He reports extensively for “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” and “20/20,” as well as for ABC News Radio and “The Blotter” on ABCNEWS.com. Ross joined ABC News in July 1994.
Ross’s investigative reports have exposed corruption at all levels of government, led to changes in domestic laws and prompted reforms abroad. Most recently, ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity’s investigation into the coal industry and the hundreds of mine workers who were unable to claim disability benefits after contracting black lung disease resulted in the closure of the special black lung unit at Johns Hopkins Medicine and a federal probe into the cases. Last year, his investigation “Tragedy in Bangladesh,” which examined the dangerous safety conditions and controls at factories in Bangladesh where workers sewed clothes for iconic America brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Walmart was honored with the 2013 Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism and 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award. In addition, Ross’s “Nightline” investigation “Undercover Granny: Medicare Fraud,” which unveiled an alleged Medicare fraud operation in Texas was honored with an award for “Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature” at the 2013 Gracie Awards.
In 2012 Ross earned his sixth George Polk Award, sixth Peabody Award and two Emmy Awards, including best investigation in a news magazine story for his “20/20” investigation “Peace Corps: A Trust Betrayed,” which exposed the cover-up of sexual abuse of Peace Corps volunteers and led to Congressional hearings and calls for new legislation. He was also awarded with a 2012 Gracie Award for the report.
In 2010 Ross received his seventh duPont-Columbia Award, one of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism, for the “20/20” investigation “The Coach’s Secret,” which exposed a scandal in youth swimming and led to major reform in the sport. This report also earned him a 2011 CINE Golden Eagle Award. In addition, Ross’s investigation “Taking on Toyota,” which prompted one of the largest automobile recalls in history, was awarded the Edward R Murrow Award from the RTNDA in 2011. Additionally, his exposé of a “pay-to-play” grading system by the Better Business Bureau brought about significant changes within that organization.
When the Bernard Madoff scandal broke in December 2008, Ross was at the forefront of the investigation into this multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme, breaking news on Madoff, his family and associates, and how the scam was perpetrated over so many years. Ross’s extensive reporting on the subject led to his first book, “The Madoff Chronicles: Inside the Secret World of Bernie and Ruth,” published in fall 2009.
In 2006 Ross made headlines with his exclusive investigation into the congressional page scandal involving Congressman Mark Foley and won his fifth Peabody Award for his series of reports: “Conduct Unbecoming.” Within 24 hours of the first report on ABC News.com, the congressman had resigned. Ross has received numerous honors for “Conduct Unbecoming,” including an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, a USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award, an IRE Award, the 2007 National Headliner Award for Television Affiliated Online Journalism, and the Online News Association Journalism Award.