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The winner of 48 Emmy awards for my consumer investigative reporting, my reports regularly expose wrongdoing and incompetence by private industry and government agencies, and often lead to actions by law enforcement officials, as well as the enactment of legislation.

My reports, which now have a new home at PIX11, have been cited by numerous prosecutors as being instrumental in obtaining jail time for several scam artists. 

I worked as a consumer reporter for Fox 5 WNYW from 2006 to 2014, where I added more than a dozen Emmy awards to my collection, and the national newsmagazine ABC News “20/20,” from 1995 to 2003.

There, I won the National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award and the Consumer Federation of America Media Service Award. Prior to joining “20/20,” I was an investigative reporter at WCBS-TV in New York, from 1973 to 1995, where I began my highly praised Shame On You reports.

I was the senior correspondent for five one-hour Shame On You primetime specials broadcast on the CBS Television Network. I was also a regular contributor to CBS This Morning and was inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in 1995.

Among my notable reports are a series of exposes on toxic chemical waste dumping by Mafia-owned carting companies (my first Emmy!); the fraudulent mislabeling of high-calorie, high-fat food, which led to statewide action by the New York agricultural department; an investigation into school custodians padding their payroll with relatives, and failing to do their required work; uncovering a taxi-cab ring ripping off tourists at Grand Central Terminal; proving how Medicare and Medicaid were wasting millions of taxpayer dollars by overpaying for bandages; catching electronic stores selling used merchandise as new and confronting a Postal Service letter-carrier illegally charging welfare recipients to deliver their government checks. 

I’ve also caught jewelers on camera selling under-karrated gold; confronted auto dealers advertising specials that didn’t exist, cornered chimney sweeps who carry loose bricks and dead birds as price-gouging scams and showed how home health care attendants with violent criminal pasts were being hired and sent into the homes of vulnerable elderly citizens. 

While at ABC, I uncovered a major auto accident ring bilking insurers for millions, exposed a high-tech scam which billed added charges on consumers’ telephone bills for services they never received, and reported an undercover investigation which examined why black shoppers are often unfairly targeted by department store security personnel and salespeople as potential thieves. 

My other reports include an investigation into the forced commitment of elderly people by for-profit psychiatric hospitals that led to corrective legislation and changes in Medicare policy. My investigation into the epidemic problem of e-coli contaminated ground beef has been praised by both the Food and Drug Administration and the meat industry. 

I was born in Brooklyn, and am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Florida State University (go Noles!).

I received my master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago and am happily married to my lovely wife, Shawn.

Recent Articles
  • LI condo board forbids 4-year-old from playing outside. His parents are fighting back.

    WEST BABYLON, NY — Outdoor play is a necessary part of a child’s life. But try telling that to Marie Dellafranca, vice president of South Shore Villas Condominium Association at West Babylon, Long Island. On May 20, 2019, she sent a warning letter to condo owners Robert and Angelica Parker. Their 4-year-old son Liam loves riding his tricycle and scooter around the grassy triangle in front their unit. The letter reads, “We understand that the weather has gotten nice out […]

  • Bronx neighborhood terrorized by dangerous dog

    PELHAM GARDENS, the Bronx — Dino Perillo of the Bronx went to great lengths to save his 11-year-old Shih-poo, Emmie. While he was walking her in his Pelham Gardens neighborhood a few months ago, another dog being walked came around the corner. “Within two steps, (the other dog) was on top of my dog, “ Perillo told us. Poor Emmie was almost disemboweled. Vet bills came to almost $14,000! Perillo’s pet insurance paid just a fraction of the bill. He […]

  • Dog rescuers hounded by scammers

    SNARR Northeast is an animal rescue group that takes in pets that are sick and injured and would probably be otherwise put down. SNARR stands for Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. The rescue group has a shelter in Brewster, New York. Founded eight years ago by Courtney Bellew, it serves a need that other shelter and rescue groups can’t or won’t. So far this year, SNARR Northeast has saved over 600 animals. After rehab, the objective is to find […]

  • Brooklyn real estate agency allegedly keeps deposit it didn’t earn

    Julia Lau wants $425 back from “The Locals,” a Brooklyn real estate agency. And, by law, she seems to have every right to have it. But the agency won’t give it to her. “I called her constantly for months, every single day,” Julia told us. The “her” she’s referring to is Merly, the manager of the agency. Julia, a single mom of two, was interested in a one-bedroom apartment in Lefferts Gardens for $1,900 a month. The agency persuaded her […]

  • NY AG suing executives accused of stealing funds from Queens cemetery

    MIDDLE VILLAGE, Queens — The Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery in Queens, where President Trump’s parents, grandparents and brother are buried, has fallen victim to grave robbers. Those robbers are former executives and board members who allegedly stole large amounts of money from the nonprofit cemetery in Middle Village, according to a 34-page lawsuit filed by New York State Attorney General Letitia James. The lawsuit comes five years after PIX11’s Arnold Diaz first pointed the finger of shame at All Faith […]

  • Shopper horrified by worm crawling on fish at New Rochelle Costco

    NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Jack Sanchez, a Manhattan hair stylist, was in the check-out line at Costco in New Rochelle recently. The woman in front of him was buying a package of Fresh Wild Sockeye Salmon. Jack spotted something moving on the fish, and upon closer inspection, discovered a live worm crawling on the fish. His reaction: “That’s disgusting”. He pointed it out to the woman, who then asked to speak with the store manager. Jack says the manager told […]

  • Expired and rotten food at supermarket in Chelsea

    CHELSEA — I couldn’t believe it was still for sale. I was at the Ideal Marketplace in Chelsea after receiving an email from a PIX11 Viewer. She wrote: “There is always expired food there. I  saw a pate that was expired 5+ months with visible mold growing inside.  Today there were sausages expired 2 months ago.”  She attached a cell phone video of a package of capocollo hanging at the front of the rack she’d seen in the market.. The […]

  • Side effects risk of some flea and tick medications

    RUTHERFORD — It began as a routine wellness visit and ended up dramatically altering the lives of Tugba Aksoy and her 2-year-old rescue dog Lokum. Last November, at the Rutherford Animal Hospital in Rutherford, New Jersey, the veterinarian recommended that Lokum switch from the flea tick collar he was wearing to Simparica, one of a new class of flea and tick medications available by prescription only. Tugba says Lokum was not having any problem with fleas or ticks and she […]

  • Staten Island family denied HOV lane discount because of EZ Pass camera

    When there were real human beings in toll booths on Staten Island, the Corwin family never had a problem getting the reduced HOV rate. Ken and Chuyon Corwin take their son Thomas to school each morning in Brooklyn and then continue to their jobs in Manhattan. You need three people in a car to qualify for the Verrazano HOV rate of $3.20. No problem for the Corwins, right? Wrong. Two years ago, the toll booths were torn down and the […]

  • Manhattan woman tells Census Bureau to get lost — again

    Dee Dee is furious. The Manhattan woman, who doesn’t want her last name used, has been trying to get the U.S. Census Bureau off her back since 2016. That’s when she received a pamphlet in the mail with information about the National Crime Victimization Survey. She’s not a crime victim, but her apartment was “scientifically chosen” to participate in the survey, according to the Census Bureau. The purpose of the survey is to collect data about crime and its impact […]

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