Roberta Baskin

News correspondent, Washington, D.C.

Roberta Baskin is a CBS News correspondent in the investigative unit, reporting for a variety of CBS News broadcasts, including the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, This Morning and Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel. She is based in the Washington, D.C. bureau.

Before joining that unit, Baskin had served as an investigative correspondent for three CBS News magazines: 48 Hours (1995-97), Eye to Eye (1993-95) and Street Stories (1992-93). She contributed reports on fraudulent telemarketing schemes, bus accident injury scams, the dangers of cellular telephones and the unbalanced distribution of Girl Scout cookie profits. She also traveled to Pakistan to expose child labor in the making of soccer balls and went undercover to reveal insurance fraud at a mental hospital.

Baskin joined CBS News in April 1992 as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent. In that position, she reported on a wide range of national issues for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and other CBS News broadcasts.

Before that, she was an investigative reporter for WJLA-TV Washington, D.C. (1984-91) and chief investigative correspondent for the syndicated program "Now It Can Be Told" in 1992 before she joined CBS News. While at WJLA-TV, Baskin broke many big stories, including the National Football League's flawed drug testing policies, which led to the resignation of the NFL's drug advisor. Many of her stories led to congressional hearings and legislative action.

Prior to joining WJLA-TV, she was an investigative reporter for WLS-TV Chicago (1979-84). Earlier, she was a consumer reporter for WMAQ-TV Chicago (1977-79).

Baskin has been honored with more than 75 awards, including two George Foster Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, eight National Press Club Awards, 11 Emmy Awards in Washington and three in Chicago, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association.

She began her broadcasting career after serving as Director of Consumer Affairs for the city of Syracuse, New York.

Baskin serves on the board of directors of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, which supplements investigative reporters with small grants to complete their work.


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