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The winner of 48 Emmy awards for my consumer investigative reporting, my reports regularly expose wrongdoing and incompetence by private industry and government agencies, and often lead to actions by law enforcement officials, as well as the enactment of legislation.

My reports, which now have a new home at PIX11, have been cited by numerous prosecutors as being instrumental in obtaining jail time for several scam artists. 

I worked as a consumer reporter for Fox 5 WNYW from 2006 to 2014, where I added more than a dozen Emmy awards to my collection, and the national newsmagazine ABC News “20/20,” from 1995 to 2003.

There, I won the National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award and the Consumer Federation of America Media Service Award. Prior to joining “20/20,” I was an investigative reporter at WCBS-TV in New York, from 1973 to 1995, where I began my highly praised Shame On You reports.

I was the senior correspondent for five one-hour Shame On You primetime specials broadcast on the CBS Television Network. I was also a regular contributor to CBS This Morning and was inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in 1995.

Among my notable reports are a series of exposes on toxic chemical waste dumping by Mafia-owned carting companies (my first Emmy!); the fraudulent mislabeling of high-calorie, high-fat food, which led to statewide action by the New York agricultural department; an investigation into school custodians padding their payroll with relatives, and failing to do their required work; uncovering a taxi-cab ring ripping off tourists at Grand Central Terminal; proving how Medicare and Medicaid were wasting millions of taxpayer dollars by overpaying for bandages; catching electronic stores selling used merchandise as new and confronting a Postal Service letter-carrier illegally charging welfare recipients to deliver their government checks. 

I’ve also caught jewelers on camera selling under-karrated gold; confronted auto dealers advertising specials that didn’t exist, cornered chimney sweeps who carry loose bricks and dead birds as price-gouging scams and showed how home health care attendants with violent criminal pasts were being hired and sent into the homes of vulnerable elderly citizens. 

While at ABC, I uncovered a major auto accident ring bilking insurers for millions, exposed a high-tech scam which billed added charges on consumers’ telephone bills for services they never received, and reported an undercover investigation which examined why black shoppers are often unfairly targeted by department store security personnel and salespeople as potential thieves. 

My other reports include an investigation into the forced commitment of elderly people by for-profit psychiatric hospitals that led to corrective legislation and changes in Medicare policy. My investigation into the epidemic problem of e-coli contaminated ground beef has been praised by both the Food and Drug Administration and the meat industry. 

I was born in Brooklyn, and am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Florida State University (go Noles!).

I received my master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago and am happily married to my lovely wife, Shawn.

Recent Articles
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    The private, nonprofit organizations that provide pre-K programs for thousands of students with special needs are fast approaching a crisis point. “The programs are life-transforming for these kids and yet the state is not funding them adequately and they’re threatening the whole system”, said Chris Treiber, associate executive director of the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies. In the last four years, 61 preschool programs for special needs kids have closed in New York State. In the 2015-2016 school year, […]

  • Auto body shops take up street parking in the Bronx

    MT. EDEN, the Bronx — Residents of one Bronx neighborhood say police aren’t doing anything about businesses using up all of the street parking. Mt. Eden resident Eric Klein says local businesses use the street parking on Macombs Road as a car lot and the public spaces on Cromwell Avenue to park and fix cars.  Klein has been complaining about the parked vehicles that have no license plates for six years. “You see at night people driving around for hours looking for parking […]

  • Resident fights to keep fire hydrants clear of mail trucks

    LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens — Joey Vicari has been living in the same apartment building on 46th Road in Long Island City all his life. He said life on the block has taken a turn for the worse the past few years because of the illegal parking of Postal Service trucks. The post office is just around the corner on 21st Street. A spokesman for the Postal Service said a temporary garage closure has resulted in 70 additional mail trucks […]

  • Piles of dirt contaminated with lead stored near Queens school

    MIDDLE VILLAGE, Queens — Is it dangerous? That’s what parents, residents, and community leaders in Middle Village, Queens are asking about the huge piles of dirt contaminated with lead stored directly across the street from P.S. 128. It has been on the property of contractor CAC Industries for at least five months, but people were only told about it recently. City Councilman Robert Holden uncovered the information after asking the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) why work on […]

  • Queens residents get relief from smelly garbage after 18 year fight

    QUEENS — A street packed with smelly garbage trucks is causing real issues for the people who live there. Sharon and Eddie Cadiz first noticed the issue on 35th Avenue between 12th and 21 Streets 18 years ago. That’s when the quality of live on their block took a drastic turn for the worse. The New York City Department of Sanitation garage on their corner became filled to capacity and the department began double parking it’s garbage trucks all along the avenue. They […]

  • New Yorkers repeatedly ticketed — even though they don’t have a car

    Most New Yorkers would agree that fighting a parking ticket is generally a losing battle. For the past eight months, Manhattan residents Bob and Sandi Durell have been trying to prove their innocence, without success. Their ordeal began when they received a notice in the mail from the Department of Finance Parking Violations Bureau saying they owed $100 for two unpaid tickets. One is for parking at an expired muni meter at West 116th Street in Manhattan. The other violation, […]

  • Boy with autism stuck on bus for 5 hours after driver reportedly gets lost

    FORT GREENE, Brooklyn — When the school bus hadn’t arrived by 6 p.m. on March 12,  Sheryll Chavez began to worry. Her grandson Dominic Czaplinski, a 6-year-old boy with autism and ADHD, had been on the bus since 4:30, when he was picked up at his school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.   Sheryll called the matron on the bus. “I said ‘where are you? He should have been home by now.’ She said ‘I don’t know.’” It turns out there was […]

  • Leaking ceilings at Port Authority worry commuters

    NEW YORK — The pictures sent to PIX11 News show a view of the Port Authority Bus Terminal that most commuters never see: looking up at the ceiling. There are leaks, leaks and more leaks. They are covered with plastic sheeting into which water accumulates and travels down through hoses into the buckets below. We took a look for ourselves and found areas where parts of the ceiling are missing and there is nothing covering the gaping holes. One of […]

  • Bronx cafe owner says community organization that was supposed to help did the opposite

    SOUTH BRONX — Joseph Diaz had been a restaurant manager for years, but always wanted to have his own place. He says some people from SoBro, a South Bronx community organization, told him the café in SoBro’s lobby was available for lease. Diaz says he borrowed $90,000 and last June he opened Da Boogie Down Café at 555 Bergen Avenue. But just two months later, he says SoBro opened a Starbucks on the 3rd floor. “That starting killing my business […]

  • ‘Emergency’ construction on Queens bridge halted after contractor is defaulted

    Motorists are fuming and merchants are furious. A railroad bridge reconstruction project that has torn up streets and tied up traffic for more than a year at the major intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road in Queens has been halted and there is no end in sight. The New York City Department of Transportation defaulted the contractor, New Jersey-based Mugrose Construciton, alleging poor performance. Local officials are not surprised. “The contractor was suspect because of not having done […]