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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    NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Jack Sanchez, a Manhattan hair stylist, was in the check-out line at Costco in New Rochelle recently. The woman in front of him was buying a package of Fresh Wild Sockeye Salmon. Jack spotted something moving on the fish, and upon closer inspection, discovered a live worm crawling on the fish. His reaction: “That’s disgusting”. He pointed it out to the woman, who then asked to speak with the store manager. Jack says the manager told […]

  • Expired and rotten food at supermarket in Chelsea

    CHELSEA — I couldn’t believe it was still for sale. I was at the Ideal Marketplace in Chelsea after receiving an email from a PIX11 Viewer. She wrote: “There is always expired food there. I  saw a pate that was expired 5+ months with visible mold growing inside.  Today there were sausages expired 2 months ago.”  She attached a cell phone video of a package of capocollo hanging at the front of the rack she’d seen in the market.. The […]

  • Side effects risk of some flea and tick medications

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  • Staten Island family denied HOV lane discount because of EZ Pass camera

    When there were real human beings in toll booths on Staten Island, the Corwin family never had a problem getting the reduced HOV rate. Ken and Chuyon Corwin take their son Thomas to school each morning in Brooklyn and then continue to their jobs in Manhattan. You need three people in a car to qualify for the Verrazano HOV rate of $3.20. No problem for the Corwins, right? Wrong. Two years ago, the toll booths were torn down and the […]

  • Manhattan woman tells Census Bureau to get lost — again

    Dee Dee is furious. The Manhattan woman, who doesn’t want her last name used, has been trying to get the U.S. Census Bureau off her back since 2016. That’s when she received a pamphlet in the mail with information about the National Crime Victimization Survey. She’s not a crime victim, but her apartment was “scientifically chosen” to participate in the survey, according to the Census Bureau. The purpose of the survey is to collect data about crime and its impact […]

  • Brooklyn bocce ball players upset over city maintenance of courts

    A group of senior citizen Bocce Ball players in Brooklyn says the New York City Parks Department is doing a terrible job maintaining their new courts in Marine Park. The three-court complex, including lighting, seating, landscaping and canopies covering the courts, was built two years ago at taxpayers’ expense. It is a City Council project and cost $5.45 million. The Marine Park Bocce Club’s 60 members and other players use the courts all day, even in cold weather. Bocce Ball […]

  • Beloved puppy dies after being taken to grooming salon at NY PetSmart

    A Yonkers man took his puppy for a grooming; within an hour, his 10-month-old English Bulldog had died. Darren Harris, 22, got an emergency call to “come quickly” from the PetSmart in Pelham half an hour after he left Enzo at the salon on Feb. 14. When he and his mother, Tabitha Harris, got there, Enzo had been moved from the grooming Salon to the Banfield Pet Hospital inside the store. “He had lost so much oxygen he didn’t recognize […]

  • Phony bidding war costs Brooklyn apartment buyer thousands

    Stephanie Chan saw the one bedroom co-op apartment in Park Slope at an open house two years ago. The asking price was $759,000. The very next day, she had her agent submit an offer of $730,000. The seller’s agent, Brian Giambalvo, from The Corcoran Group, told Chan’s agent, from Douglas Elliman Real Estate, that there was another offer on the apartment. He said the apartment owners wanted to sell the place quickly. “I provided the same response to the broker […]

  • Brooklyn couple charged thousands by Uber because of fraud

    No one can be in multiple places at the same time, but, apparently, Uber and Chase thought that magical feat was possible, and that Brooklyn resident Gwen Virgile and her husband, Jeff, had pulled it off. It started last fall when Gwen got a call from Jeff. “He’s like ‘Gwen, do you see our bank account?'” So, she went to her phone and checked. “I’m scrolling through, I see minus one hundred, minus one hundred, minus one hundred, and I’m […]

  • Long Island woman awarded $3,600 on ‘People’s Court’ after puppy from breeder had to be put down

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