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.
Ross received the 2007 Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting for a two-part “20/20” undercover investigation into retail pharmacy errors, focusing on large drugstore chains, including CVS and Walgreens. He was also honored with a 2007 Business Emmy for his work in exposing conflicts-of-interest of some West Virginia State Supreme Court justices.
Well known for his work in national security reporting, Ross was the first to reveal new details on the existence of secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe, where top al Qaeda figures were held. The exclusive 3-part investigation, which aired on “World News” and “Nightline,” garnered a 2005 George Polk Award, the fifth time he has won the award in his career.
His noted undercover investigation of nuclear smuggling, which questioned whether American authorities could stop a shipment of radioactive material from entering the country, received the duPont Award in 2004.
Ross has also reported extensively on international human rights abuses, winning numerous top journalism awards for exposes on the sale of executed prisoners’ kidneys in China; sweatshop labor in Saipan and sexual misconduct by U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
During the 2008 political season, Ross and his team received an Emmy and a Goldsmith nomination for their continuing work on the influence of corporate money on politics, “The Money Trail” exposing the behind the scenes lobbying and influence of big money interests at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Ross and his team first launched the Emmy Award-winning series at the 1996 conventions.
Following September 11, 2001, Ross and the Investigative Unit broke numerous stories about the investigation into the terrorist attacks. Among several exclusive reports, Ross was the first reporter to name Mohamed Atta and describe him as the ringleader of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. He was also the first to report on Zacarias Moussaoui’s alleged role in the attacks and his questioning by the FBI prior to September 11. His “Primetime Thursday” story about the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 featured the first airing of transmissions between the plane’s cockpit and air traffic controllers.
In addition to filing for all ABC News broadcasts, Ross files reports for ABC News Radio, available to 2,500 affiliates around the country. He also reports throughout the day for the Investigative Unit’s website, “The Blotter,” on ABCNEWS.com. Since launching in April 2006, the Blotter has quickly become one of the most popular destinations on ABCNEWS.com, receiving an average of 5 million readers a month.