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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
  • 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 […]

  • Bronx supermarket no longer selling expired food

    THE BRONX — When we exposed the problem of outdated food being sold at the Food Fair Supermarket on Castle Hill Ave in the Bronx in December, the store manager assured me he would take immediate action. Did he? I’ll answer that in a moment. First, let me recap what we found during our first visit. We’d received an email from resident Moon Li, who occasionally shops at Food Fair. She sent pictures of products she’d found being sold after […]

  • Man’s credit scores take a nose dive — twice — over car leasing mishap

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — For four months, Wilson Ruiz has been trying to get his good credit rating restored. He said he’s always paid his bills on time, including the payments on the 2014 Chevy Cruz he leased from Chevrolet of Jersey City. He financed the lease through GM Financial, a subsidiary of General Motors. Ruiz turned in the car at the end of the lease in July 2017. He has the paperwork from the dealer to prove it. But […]

  • Passenger captures nightmare Greyhound trip on camera

    Stacey Denzin couldn’t believe what she was seeing as the driver of the Greyhound bus pulled out of the Montreal station bound for New York City on Christmas Eve. There was snow and ice on the road. “I just happened to sit behind the driver,” Denzin said. “He had one hand holding the steering wheel. In his other hand he was holding a cellphone.” Denzin took out her phone and began taking video of the driver taking video. “He continued […]

  • Worker caught on camera stepping on fish at Chinatown market

    CHINATOWN, Manhattan — A frequent customer at a Canal Street fish market spotted something shocking during a visit last week to buy fish for her family: a man was standing on the fish in his boots as he worked on a fuse box at the back of the case. Apri Davidson pulled out her cellphone and recorded what she saw at Hung Kee Fish and Meat. “Seriously, seriously, you’re gonna stand there on the food with your boots,” she can be heard […]

  • Long Island loan officer allegedly took fees for loans he never gave

    RONKONKOMA, NY — A Long Island man whose company boasts of being able to get loans for corporations and individuals, good credit or bad, has allegedly taken fees from customers and then failed to give them loans. Anthony Kline works as managing director of Bridgehampton Funding, headquartered in Ronkonkoma, Long Island. Kline apparently took a $2,350 retainer and broker fee from Dr. Bill Dalosis when Dalosis applied for a $110,000 loan to set up a podiatry practice on Long Island. Not long after doing so, […]

  • Dog walker charged with stealing man’s packages from Queens apartment

    FORREST HILLS, Queens — The dog walker who we reported on last week is in serious trouble with the law, thanks to the PIX11 investigation. The surveillance video shows him dropping off the dog at a Forest Hills apartment building.  However, he doesn’t leave immediately. Instead, he walks down the hallway and two minutes later emerges carrying a package, a package he did not have when he came into the building. He then walks down another hallway and comes back […]

  • Dog walker steals man’s packages from Queens apartment

    FORREST HILLS, Queens —The victim, who doesn’t want to be identified, bought a new computer on Amazon. The company shipped it via USPS, the United States Postal Service.  On Nov. 24, he received an email from USPS that his package had been delivered and was left outside the door to his apartment in the Forrest Hills building where he lives. He was in the laundry room and says by the time he got upstairs, the package was gone. He called […]

  • Woman shocked after finding expired food at Bronx supermarket

    THE BRONX — Moon Li is a label reader. It’s a good thing she is. What she found on the product labels at the Food Fair supermarket in the Bronx upset her. “I saw expired food,” Li said. She found a number of food items for sale long after the sell-by dates on the labels. She bought some of the products as proof of the problem and emailed What a Shame at PIX11 News. After we interviewed Li, we also […]