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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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    Artist Jacques Rosas has a Facebook site called “The Nightmare on West 39th street in Manhattan” featuring videos and pictures of the deplorable conditions on the block. Rosas owns Shop Studios near the corner of 39th Street and 11th avenue. There, he displays and sells his art, rents out space for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and for television and film production. A few years ago, the Goodyear Tire and Auto Center up the block sold half its space to the Halal […]

  • Woman left in limbo and footing the bill as she awaits replacements parts from Ford

    Jackie Valente drove her new Ford Ecosport for just three days before the SUV’s front end was smashed in by a hit and run driver in a parking lot. As if that’s not bad enough, she’s since been waiting almost three months to get the vehicle out of the auto body shop. It’s not the shop’s fault. Pete Sarra, the owner of AGS Autorama in Woodside, Queens, says in early June, he tried ordering the bumper, fender, and other parts […]

  • ‘Boulevard of broken limbs’: Residents demand fixes to crumbling Brooklyn sidewalk

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. —  New York City’s Economic Development Corporation installed red brick sidewalks in the small downtown area of Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace 31 years ago. They cover a four-block stretch along Prospect Park West, from 16th street to Prospect Avenue. The decorative bricks were intended to give the area a historic look. However, what may have been a good idea to begin with has resulted in dangerous conditions for people walking on those sidewalks. Tom Prendergast, who has lived in […]

  • Alleged Long Island con man arrested — and accused of new scam

    LONG ISLAND — Konstantine “Gus” Sousouris, the Long Island con man who was the subject of two PIX11 News reports last year, has been arrested and charged with numerous crimes. The Nassau County District Attorney announced Sousouris faces three counts of scheme to defraud, for advertising an apartment for rent in Farmingdale, collecting $16,850 in deposits from three applicants, not allowing any of them to move in and failing to return their money. These are felony charges punishable by up to seven […]

  • Illegal construction leads to near-disaster in the Bronx

    MOUNT HOPE, the Bronx — The children were scheduled to arrive in an hour for a birthday party in the backyard of an apartment building in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx. Two weeks earlier, on May 31, a brick garage in the backyard of a nearby building had collapsed, bringing inspectors with the NYC Department of Buildings to the scene. Those inspectors discovered there were “large cracks in the wall” of two other adjacent buildings on Meeks Avenue. The owner, […]

  • Harlem community demands change after Sanitation Department removes corner trash cans

    Harlem residents frustrated that trash cans have been removed from neighborhood sidewalks attended an emergency meeting at Community Board 10 filled with elected officials and neighborhood association leaders. They demanded answers from the NY Department of Sanitation. As PIX11 first reported last week, the DSNY has removed corner trash cans from many streets in Central Harlem. “We went after the most abused litter baskets in the entire city,”DSNY Community Affairs Coordinator Iggy Tarranova said. “We’ve got to educate everybody to stop […]

  • Harlem community frustrated after Sanitation Department removes corner trash cans

    There are 23,000 public trash cans in New York City, but there aren’t any in one central Harlem community The Department of Sanitation removed all the cans from West 136th to West 140th streets, between Edgecombe and 8th Avenues, two months ago. It came as a complete shock to the members of the Dorrance Brooks Property Owners and Residents Association, who had reached out to the Sanitation department for help in dealing with the illegal dumping of household trash in […]

  • Businessman says Airbnb rental had rodents; apartment owner claims he was scammed

    MANHATTAN — Visiting businessman Peter De Jong said he’s “a friend of Airbnb” and that “they normally stand by their customers.” But De Jong said that was not the case last week when he discovered some unwelcome four-legged guests at the studio apartment he was renting through Airbnb. He’d paid $2,662.70 in advance for a two-week stay at the apartment on West 69th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. De Jong said there were no problems for the first few days, […]

  • Parents in NJ fight for cameras on school buses — and win

    PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The problems began last year when the usual school bus driver for a group of elementary school children in Parsippany, N.J., went on an extended leave. A substitute driver took over the route, and it didn’t take long for the complaints to begin. Parents said the driver was speeding around curves and that he didn’t wait for the kids to be seated before taking off. The children who attend Intervale Elementary School said the driver would stomp on the […]

  • Pre-K or sit at home? Programs for kids with special needs are in trouble

    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, […]