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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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    PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Video from cameras on school buses can provide valuable information about the behavior of students and drivers. Three months ago, we reported that students from Intervale Elementary School in Parsippany, N.J., complained that their substitute bus driver would stomp on the brakes while the bus was moving, just to quiet them down. “He stopped so hard we hit our heads on the seat,” 7-year-old Katelyn Wheelock said. Her 9-year-old sister Jillian said she has “a lot of […]

  • Single mom says used car dealer swindled her out of 2 years’ worth of savings

    WEST ISLIP, Long Island — “I honestly don’t know how you can look at yourself in the mirror.” That’s what car buyer Susan Bohlmann said to Gus Sousouris, who owns DPA Autos in West Islip, Long Island. “Unbelievable how you take advantage of people who work hard for their money while you scam them,” she continued. Why is Susan so angry? A single mother of twin teenagers, who’s been driving a beat-up old car with 255,000 miles on it, she paid […]

  • Bronx auto shop accused of taking money from customers’ insurance companies

    THE BRONX — A Bronx auto body shop stands accused of taking money from customers’ insurance companies, but not fixing their cars. Inner City Automotive, on Blondell Avenue, is owned by Hancy Abreu. “My car has been there for five months,” says nurse Leticia Alexander. “Every time I call I can’t get the owner. They say he’s not here, he’s sick.” Her insurance company paid Inner City more than $18,000 to fix her late model BMW after it was involved in […]

  • Patrons at Astoria Starbucks say ‘accessible ramp’ is not accessible

    ASTORIA, Queens — What good is an accessible ramp that is not accessible? That’s why some are asking about the ramp that leads into the Starbucks on 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria. The problem is the store’s basement is right next to the ramp. When the basement-access doors are open, it literally blocks the ramp entrance. There is a step leading up to the front entrance, so those who have difficulty with steps, such as the disabled and […]

  • Diamond rings: How much are they really worth?

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Kay Jewelers is one of the largest retail jewelry chains in the country. They advertise heavily. “You see the commercials. Every kiss begins with Kay,” said Brandon Lewis, a steamfitter from Staten Island. “I thought it was the right place to go.” Brandon bought an engagement ring at Kay Jewelers in the Staten Island Mall a year and a half ago. He said the store manager, who sold him the ring, assured him the center diamond, […]

  • Staten Island woman’s microwave glass door explodes — and it wasn’t even on

    “It was a very loud noise, a very loud pop.” That’s how Alisa Giambalvo of Staten Island describes what she heard when the glass door of her GE microwave oven suddenly exploded last week. “There were pieces of glass that were just flying out. It went all over the floor. It exploded outward. It was a very, very scary experience,” Giambalvo said. Fortunately she was sitting at her kitchen table when the glass shattered. What really shocked her is that […]

  • New Jersey company accused of taking $100K for kitchen cabinets never delivered

    NEW JERSEY — Nick and Rose Sirico live in Oradell, New Jersey. They are active in the community. They own WoodArt Kitchen Design Studio. Now, some of their friends and neighbors are accusing the Siricos of taking more than $100,000 for kitchen cabinets never delivered and contracting work never performed. “He lives right down the street”, says Bill McGoey, who considered Nick a friend. Six months ago, he signed a contract with WoodArt to redo his entire kitchen. The Siricos […]

  • $115 million contract to reconstruct Pelham Parkway North causes outrage

    NEW YORK — A $115 million contract to reconstruct Pelham Parkway North is causing outrage among many residents, politicians and community leaders. The contract was recently awarded to Queens based CAC Industries, the same company that was criticized for its work on Pelham Parkway South. As PIX11 first reported in 2015, only six months after the contractor completed the $38 million Pelham Parkway South job, cracks began appearing in all the re-paved roads. CAC filled the cracks with tar, creating ugly […]

  • Woman fights to get car back from Bronx auto shop

    THE BRONX — Stephanie Guttierrez, a nurse in the Bronx, is worried she’ll never see her car again. She made the mistake of taking the recommendation of a tow truck driver, after she had an accident in the 2016 Infinity G50 she’d just recently purchased. She brought her car to a body shop on Blondell Avenue in the Bronx. There’s no name on the outside, though records show it’s called both Inner City Automotive Recovery and Premium Auto works. It’s […]

  • New York man receives settlement year after NYC bus sideswipes his car

    NEW YORK — It’s bad enough that a New York City bus sideswiped Arthur Berkovitz’s car, causing thousands of dollars in damage — but what has happened in the year since adds insult to injury. “I’m at my wits end. I don’t know what to do”, said Arthur when he contacted What a Shame at PIX11. A year ago, when he left work for day, he couldn’t believe what he saw. “I see my whole car damaged”. His 2008 BMW, […]