Andrew Schneider has spent his career uncovering secrets that corporations and the government don’t want you to know — often because they could or are hurting you.
He broke the story of the asbestos poisoning of Libby, Montana, now infamous as the biggest environmental disaster in the United States. His reporting led to the criminal indictment of W.R. Grace and some of its top executives — leading to the largest environmental crime case in U.S. history. Schneider also was the first to report that fumes released by heating diacetyl, a butter flavoring used in thousands of consumer products, were destroying the lungs of food factory workers, mom-and-pop confection store owners and chefs across the country.
He documented that seriously ill pilots were being allowed to fly commercial planes because the government looked the other way. He explained why scores of regular people – coal miner’s daughters and cops – were bypassed, and sometimes died, because the organs they were next in line for went to New York diamond merchants and wealthy foreigners. He showed why life flight helicopter rescues sometimes became death flights because competition for patients trumped flight safety. And he disclosed a global honey laundering network that allows adulterated honey from China to be sold to unsuspecting U.S. consumers.
Schneider’s investigative work has been recognized with dozens of journalism awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, the profession’s most prestigious honor. But even more important, his work at news organizations from coast to coast has earned the trust of government and private sector experts across America, giving him access to stories and documents that make him one of the nation’s leading public health reporters.
Secret Ingredients is the first place on the Web where news you need to know will appear. Schneider will also post his longer form stories through links alongside the blog. You can send him ideas and tips at: firstname.lastname@example.org
He credits whatever success he has had to many courageous whistleblowers, dedicated government investigators and that he was allowed to team up with reporters, photographers, artists and editors who care passionately about using their journalistic skills to make a difference.
Schneider lives within sight of Puget Sound with his wife and three very happy Labrador retrievers.