Andrew Schneider’s Cold Truth exposes the secrets that corporations and governments don’t want you to know — often because they could or are hurting you. His investigative work reports on everything from dangerous ingredients in the food we eat and the products we use, to emerging man-made and natural public health hazards in our homes, workplaces and environment.
|He broke the story of the asbestos poisoning of Libby, Montana, now infamous as the most deadly environmental disaster in the United States. His reporting on the actions of W.R. Grace and some of its top executives led 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, and his partner at the time, Mary Pat Flaherty, 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 medical 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. 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.
Cold Truth is a watchdog, solid journalism serving the needs of the public. He credits whatever success he has had to many courageous whistle-blowers, 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 does public health and safety reporting for major print and digital platforms and with his wife and two overfed Labrador retrievers lives within sight of Puget Sound and the occasional passing orca.
You can send him ideas and tips and requests for permission to reprint his stories at: Schneider@coldtruth.com
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Living on Earth
Jan. 30, 2009: The independent media program interviewed Andrew about Honey Laundering, his investigatigation into the lack of controls on imported honey.
All Things Considered
Feb. 26, 2009: NPR interviewed Andrew about the start of the criminal trial over contamination from the W.R. Grace vermiculite mine in Libby, Mont.
Columbia Journalism Review
July 10, 2009 Grace-ful Coverage
Public Broadcasting – Expose
Sept 15, 2009, The Withering Watchdog by Laura Franks