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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IRW Executive Editor Charles Lewis urged young journalists to get excited about the profession and to hold those in power accountable this month at a two-day, international conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.The Future News Worldwide conference was created by the British Council— the United Kingdom’s international organization for culture and education — and held earlier this month at the Scottish Parliament.

From the Pentagon Papers to Trump: How the government gained the upper hand against leakers

The Pentagon Papers helped shape legal and ethical standards for journalistic truth-telling on matters of top secret government affairs. Openness, in the eyes of the public and the courts, would usually prevail over government secrecy, shifting power from politicians back to citizens and news organizations. That balance of power is taking on a renewed significance today in the wake of Reality Winner’s alleged recent national security leak, prosecution of members of the press and anti-press and anti-leak rhetoric by the Trump administration.

Blogs

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TV viewership declines, diversity stalls in newsrooms

Revenue and audience trends for Hispanic- and black-oriented news outlets have mirrored closely the fluctuation of the industry overall, a recent Pew Research Center report found.


Survivors reflect on life after deadly bacterial infections

When FRONTLINE’s "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria" premiered in 2013, Addie Rerecich and David Ricci were still struggling with the consequences of devastating antibiotic-resistant infections. Four years later, FRONTLINE and the Workshop caught up with the two survivors to find out how they were doing as part of an updated broadcast of the film tonight, July 25, 2017, nationwide on PBS. Check local listings.

Sinclair exemplifies consolidation concerns in TV news

Nearly 15 years ago, the five largest television companies owned about 180 of the country’s local news channels. Now, after years of dizzying buying sprees, mergers and billions of dollars spent, those companies own more than twice that — a pattern of consolidation that worries many, both within the industry and outside of it. 

More Republicans think negatively about higher ed

For the first time since Pew began tracking it, a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58 percent) now say colleges “have a negative effect on the country.” That’s compared to 72 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners who say colleges and universities have a positive impact. Whatever the cause, colleges and universities now share in a dubious distinction: as some of the most divisive national institutions. The only other institution that, according to Pew, divides Americans more? The national news media. 


What We're Reading: Inspiring investigations

Recent investigative and longform work that has inspired our IRW summer interns.

Partners

Workshop Partners

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.

Projects

Investigating Power update

Investigating Power update

Profiles of notable journalists and their stories of key moments in U.S. history in the last 50 years can be found on the Investigating Power site. See Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis' latest video interviews as well as historic footage and timelines. You can also read more about the project and why we documented these groundbreaking examples of original, investigative journalism that helped shape or change public perceptions on key issues of our time, from civil rights to Iraq, here.