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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; mercury in seafood; the misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes; 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. Stories have sparked new federal laws, 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 $5 billion compensation program for injured Cold War weapons workers. Roe was part of the reporting team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, and he was a Pulitzer finalist in 2000 and in 2011. He teaches Investigative Reporting at Columbia College Chicago.