Rhonda Schwartz is a Senior Investigative Producer for ABC News. Ms. Schwartz joined ABC News in 1995, along with Chief Correspondent Brian Ross, to form the Brian Ross Investigative Unit. The unit provides breaking news and in-depth investigative reporting for all the ABC News programs, including World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Good Morning America, 20/20, Prime Time Thursday and Nightline.
In her eight years at ABC News, Schwartz has produced investigative stories on every major news event, from terrorism and the 9/11 attacks to the war in Iraq to the fall of Enron. She recently returned from Baghdad where she produced a series of reports revealing Iraq’s secret Intelligence headquarters, the hidden torture chambers inside Iraqi prisons, as well the failure of the U.S. to safeguard valuable intelligence documents and potentially dangerous germ laboratories.
Schwartz’s reporting has taken her around the globe, from tracking down fugitive Marc Rich in his secret Swiss hideaway to testing security at our nation’s borders post 9/11 by successfully shipping harmless but still radioactive uranium from a port in Istanbul to a warehouse under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. She is a three-time winner of the George Polk Award for her stories on international human rights abuses: “Blood Money” the grisly story of the sales of executed prisoner’s kidneys by the Chinese military; “Shame of Saipan” an expose of sweatshop labor by American designers in Saipan; and “Made in the USA,” on the use of child labor overseas by Walmart.
Much of her work has also focused on the corrupting influence of money on the American political system. Her series of investigative reports on the behind-the-scenes spending at the national political conventions won an Emmy Award, and was a finalist for Harvard University’s prestigious Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
Schwartz, a 30-year network news veteran, has been the recipient of more than a dozen investigative journalism awards including three Emmys, most recently for ABC’s World News Tonight Post 9/11 Terrorism coverage. She has also won several Overseas Press Club Awards, the IRE Tom Renner Award for Crime Reporting and the Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award. Before joining ABC Schwartz spent more than 20 years at NBC News working on a variety of news magazine and documentary programs: First Tuesday, Chronolog, Weekend and the NBC News White Papers series.