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Sam Roe reports on various topics, including public health, product safety, corporate wrongdoing and criminal justice.
Sam Roe has written series on the hazards of the metal beryllium; industry deception regarding the safety and effectiveness of flame retardants; unexplained deaths at a Chicago nursing facility for children with disabilities; America’s bungled attempt to build an 80-mpg “Supercar,” and how the U.S. scattered nuclear bomb fuel around the globe and failed to get it back. His stories have sparked new federal laws, Congressional hearings, numerous product recalls, and health and safety reforms in America and abroad, including a U.S. ban on the export of mercury. Articles on beryllium prompted the federal government to create a national compensation program for injured Cold War weapons workers, an effort that has paid victims more than $8 billion. Roe was part of the reporting team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for an examination of unsafe children's products, and he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting in 2000, 2011 and 2013. He teaches Investigative Reporting at Columbia College Chicago. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, he now lives in Oak Park, Ill.