Daniel Zwerdling

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Daniel Zwerdling at the 66th Annual Peabody Awards

Daniel Zwerdling is an American investigative journalist and reserve radio broadcasting reporter for NPR News.

Journalism career[edit]

Daniel Zwerdling was editor-in-chief at Montgomery Blair High School's student newspaper in Silver Spring, Maryland.[1] He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1971.[2]

He was a staff writer at The New Republic and a freelance reporter.[3]

Zwerdling is most known for his work while at National Public Radio. From 1993 to 1999, he was senior host of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.[4] From 1999 to 2002, he was an investigative reporter for RadioWorks, NPR News. His layoff in 2002 provoked controversy among the NPR staff as the organization's decision to remove an investigative journalism line was seen as conflicting with NPR's mission.[5] From 2002 to 2004, he was NPR's television correspondent on Now on PBS with Bill Moyers.

Some of his notable reports include investigative reports about the military's treatment of soldiers who have experienced trauma, the impact of fast food restaurants on animal rights, and the harmful substances in tobacco products. In 2006 and 2007, he reported that officers at Fort Carson were punishing soldiers, returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan with post traumatic stress disorder and other serious mental health problems.

He was an adjunct professor of Media Ethics at American University, and an associate of the Bard College Institute for Language and Thinking in New York.[6]

His work has appeared in The New York Review of Books.[7]



  • Workplace Democracy (Harper & Row, 1980)


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  2. ^ "Famous Alumni". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070701092517/http://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/anniversary/Participants/Zwerdling.htm. Archived from the original on July 1, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Daniel Zwerdling". NPR. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  5. ^ Janssen, Mike (2002-10-21). "Layoff prompts NPR journalists' protest, 2002". Current.org. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Zwerdling - FORA.tv Speaker". FORA.tv. 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Daniel Zwerdling | The New York Review of Books". Nybooks.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  8. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (2011-02-22). "Exposes on Oil Spill in Gulf, Afghanistan and Steroids Win Polk Awards". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  9. ^ "Columbia News ::: Program Descriptions of 2008 duPont Winners". Columbia.edu. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  10. ^ Hinckley, David (2005-04-09). "Jazzing it up at Birdland". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  11. ^ Sietsema, Tom (2003-05-07). "A James Beard Award For Jose Andres". Washington Post. 
  12. ^ "James Beard awards". The Gazette (Montreal). 2000-05-20. 
  13. ^ Flynn, Kitson (1995-04-10). "Radio Waves". Washington Post. 
  14. ^ "World Hunger Prizes Given". New York Times. 1985-11-27. 

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