Margaret Ebrahim

Margaret Ebrahim

Senior Producer
Phone: (202) 885-6355
ebrahim@american.edu

Margaret Ebrahim is senior producer at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. She oversees video, television and film projects, including as a producer for the forthcoming Showtime climate change series, "Years of Living Dangerously," with executive producers James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub.  

Ebrahim is also the senior producer for Investigating Power, a multimedia website with more than 50 short documentaries about moments in history when journalism spoke truth to power. She also co-produced "Lost in Detention," a PBS FRONTLINE/Investigative Reporting Workshop film about immigration detention.

For more than two decades, Ebrahim has been an award-winning investigative producer and journalist focusing on accountability journalism in the nation’s capital and beyond.  Ebrahim was a producer for the CBS News program "60 Minutes II" and the ABC News Brian Ross investigative unit.  She also produced documentaries for the HDNet news and documentary program "Dan Rather Reports," and she was a reporter on the multimedia investigative unit at the Associated Press.

While Ebrahim pursued a master's at American University in Washington, D.C., she helped to build one of the nation’s first nonprofit, investigative journalism groups, the Center for Public Integrity, alongside the organization’s founder, Charles Lewis.  While she was at the center, she won the group’s first award in 1996 from the Society of Professional Journalists for “The Fat Cat Hotel,” an examination of the connection between overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom during the Clinton presidency and financial contributions to the Democratic Party as well as the Clinton re-election campaign.  Ebrahim graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in both Latin American Studies and Spanish. She also has a master's in U.S. foreign policy from the School of International Service at American University.

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We publish online and in print, often teaming up with other news organizations. We're working now on a new program with FRONTLINE producers, to air later in the year, and on the "Years of Living Dangerously," a series on climate change that has begun airing on Showtime. A story last year on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers was co-published with The New York Times. Our updates to our long-running BankTracker project, in which you can view the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country, have been published with msnbc.com, now nbcnews.com, and we co-published stories in our What Went Wrong series on the economy with The Philadelphia Inquirer and New America Media. Our graduate students are working as researchers with Washington Post reporters, and our new senior editor is a member of the Post's investigative team. Learn more on our partners page.

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Investigating Power update

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