andrew schneider investigates

About the writer

photo by andy cutraro

photo by andy cutraro

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:

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.



  1. Thanks for fighting the good fight, Andy! Without your professionalism and great moral compass, I fear that citizens would be in an abyss of ignorance.

    Comment by Tracey Miller — March 14, 2009 @ 07:24 | Reply

  2. What you need is a good PR guy!

    Comment by Ed Barr — March 19, 2009 @ 06:58 | Reply

  3. Thank goodness great reporters like Andy Schneider are still doing great investigative journalism!

    No matter how many daily newspapers go belly-up or convert to web-only, there will always be a need for good solid, public interest reporting by folks like Andy and publications like The Texas Observer; we just have to figure out to finance their important work.

    Carlton Carl
    The Texas Observer

    Comment by Carlton Carl — March 23, 2009 @ 11:15 | Reply

  4. Andy Schneider deserves a bigger audience, and the world deserves to become empowered by the knowledge that Andrew Schneider uncovers. We’ve got to find a way to get away from corporate media influenced information, and get back to investigative reporting as the “trend.” Andy, lead the way!

    Comment by Stephenie Hendricks — April 6, 2009 @ 15:35 | Reply

  5. Good to see you’re still fighting the good fight!

    Comment by Bob Pusey — April 27, 2009 @ 20:17 | Reply

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