Josh Margolin

Senior Investigative Reporter

When prisoners escape, NFL stars get arrested, terrorists strike and police-community tensions explode, Josh Margolin goes to work. As the Senior Investigative Reporter... Read More »

When prisoners escape, NFL stars get arrested, terrorists strike and police-community tensions explode, Josh Margolin goes to work. As the Senior Investigative Reporter at ABC News, Josh helps lead the network’s coverage on a wide range of stories – from breaking news to law enforcement to politics. Based at the News Division’s world headquarters in New York, Josh produces, reports, researches, edits, writes and develops stories for every ABC News show as well as ABC News Radio and

Since arriving at ABC News in 2013, Josh has played a key role in some of the network’s most provocative and groundbreaking reports. In 2014, Josh helped produce Diane Sawyer’s highly rated exclusive with controversial New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He followed that up by breaking the news that the criminal investigation into Christie’s staff had gone to a federal grand jury, and that Christie himself had been interrogated by federal agents.

Josh played a key role in ABC’s well-received coverage of the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. And he helped lead the network’s coverage of the domestic-violence scandal that engulfed the NFL through much of 2014 and 2015.

In January 2014, Josh was the first to report that the FBI had finally made an arrest in the notorious “Lufthansa Heist,” the caper at the center of the mob-movie classic "Goodfellas."

Throughout 2014 and 2015, Josh played a lead role in ABC’s coverage of policing in America, helping to coordinate the reporting on the cop stories that have come to define the era – from Ferguson, Mo., to New York City to Baltimore. In early 2015, Josh helped produce David Muir’s groundbreaking piece that, for the first time, took outsiders into the NYPD’s program designed to retrain the biggest police force in the country.

In June 2015, Josh broke the story that federal investigators were targeting the president of FIFA (the governing body for international soccer), a man widely viewed as the world’s most powerful sports figure.

Josh was the first reporter to identify the prison worker at the center of the incredible escape of two killers from one of New York state’s most secure penitentiaries. And he was the editorial producer on the "20/20" special “Manhunt,” the authoritative story behind the June 2015 escape from that same priosn, the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, and the efforts to capture and kill the murderers who busted out. A year later, Josh helped produce Diane Sawyer’s unprecedented look inside New York City’s notorious jail complex on Rikers Island, a project that required months of preparation and eight full days of unrestricted filming behind the bars and the walls.

Over the last three years, Josh has helped lead the network’s coverage of ISIS and the terror attacks that have plagued both the United States and Western Europe. He was a producer on the team awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Breaking News Coverage for coverage of the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla. He produced ABC’s special projects investigating the police response to both the Pulse shooting and the earlier massacre in San Bernardino, Calif. And, after more than a year of investigation, Josh helped produce Diane Sawyer’s groundbreaking hourlong program examining the nature of the seduction of ISIS and the radicalization crisis plaguing America.

Josh came to ABC News after nearly three years as the Senior Enterprise Reporter at the New York Post, where he specialized in covering politics and homeland security. In April 2013, Josh broke the story that federal agents were about to arrest some of New York City’s top politicians in a stunning scheme to rig the election for mayor. He also led The Post’s coverage of the ongoing effort to convict the men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks and reported extensively from the US military compound at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Before joining The Post, Josh spent 12 years on the staff at The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest and oldest newspaper. During his tenure at The Ledger, Josh broke some of the biggest stories ever covered by the newspaper and, in 2004, he led the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage for its reporting on the resignation of then-New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey.

Josh is the co-author of The Jersey Sting, a critically acclaimed national bestseller that tells the inside story behind of the biggest political-corruption probes in American history.

Josh graduated from Long Island University’s CW Post Campus in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Since then, Josh has worked as a professional journalist covering a wide range of beats and stories for news organizations around the country, in places as diverse as Texas, New York, New Mexico and New Jersey.

He was named one of New Jersey’s 101 most influential people by New Jersey Monthly and the most powerful journalist in the Garden State by “The Fix” of named Josh one of the best political reporters in the country. He has long been a regular contributor to television and radio news programs and has served as a story and plot consultant for the hit CBS series “The Good Wife.”

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Federal agents aren't getting paid during shutdown, but also have to pay for expenses
Luke Barr and Josh Margolin
Jan 17, 2019 04:01 PM Story from Politics Luke Barr and Josh Margolin, ABC News
Exclusive: TSA planning major shift in air marshal operations
Josh Margolin
Dec 22, 2018 03:47 PM Story from US Josh Margolin, ABC News
Beyond the myth of Interpol, the world's police organization
Josh Margolin
Oct 06, 2018 11:39 AM Story from International Josh Margolin, ABC News
Reward grows to $100,000 in hunt for killer of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes as investigators look for links to other shootings
Bill Hutchinson and Josh Margolin
Jan 03, 2019 05:28 PM Story from US Bill Hutchinson and Josh Margolin, ABC News
NYPD investigator’s conduct under review in Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case
Josh Margolin and Aaron Katersky
Oct 04, 2018 04:17 PM Story from US Josh Margolin and Aaron Katersky, ABC News
Harvey Weinstein prosecution suffers second significant blow in a week
Josh Margolin and Aaron Katersky
Oct 17, 2018 04:54 PM Story from US Josh Margolin and Aaron Katersky, ABC News
Prosecutors drop sex assault charge against Harvey Weinstein after contradictions arise in accuser Lucia Evans’ account
Aaron Katersky and Josh Margolin
Oct 11, 2018 11:25 AM Story from US Aaron Katersky and Josh Margolin, ABC News
Police release bodycam video of Las Vegas shooter's hotel suite
Josh Margolin
May 02, 2018 07:39 PM Story from US Josh Margolin, ABC News
President Trump will personally review documents in Cohen case
Josh Margolin
Apr 25, 2018 06:41 PM Story from Politics Josh Margolin, ABC News
Court orders release of Parkland school shooting security camera footage
Josh Margolin
Jul 25, 2018 06:22 PM Story from US Josh Margolin, ABC News
Federal officials reiterate drone threat in intel bulletin
Josh Margolin
Aug 17, 2018 05:14 PM Story from US Josh Margolin, ABC News
Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino faces up to 5 years in prison for tax evasion
Jan 19, 2018 03:39 PM Story from Entertainment JOSH MARGOLIN and MICHAEL ROTHMAN, ABC News
Florida school shooting suspect had access to 10 firearms, including AK-47 variant
Feb 19, 2018 05:02 PM Story from US JACK DATE and JOSH MARGOLIN, ABC News
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Austin rocked by 3rd explosion in 11 days
Meghan Keneally and Josh Margolin
Mar 12, 2018 04:14 PM Story from US Meghan Keneally and Josh Margolin, ABC News
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