Over the years, Ross reported exclusively on such major stories as the French government's spy operations directed against American corporations, a major gasoline tax scam operated by the Soviet mob, the big business of garbage disposal, the cruel exploitation of sugar cane workers in Palm Beach, Fla., drug smuggling and corruption in the U.S. Coast Guard and the BCCI scandal.
Ross joined NBC News as a correspondent in 1976. Soon after, his five-part NBC Nightly News series on the Teamsters Union won the 1976 Sigma Delta Chi Award and a National Headliner Award. In 1977 he won a National Headliner Award for a five-part study of organized crime in the United States.
Ross began his professional career in 1972 as a reporter at KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa. From 1974 to 1976 he served as a reporter for WKYC-TV in Cleveland. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa.