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  • CBS News: BLACK MARKET SYRIAN ANTIQUITIES

    In a six-month investigation, Clarissa Ward and investigative producer Jennifer Janisch penetrated the secretive black market trade of antiquities from Syria and Iraq, using hidden cameras to capture the first evidence of an authentic Roman mosaic stolen out of Syria, potentially worth six figures. https://vimeo.com/cbseveningnews/review/151447016/ebc8378177
  • The Hatred of Jews in Malmö

    An investigation of the hatred towards jews in Malmö that put attention to a serious and urgent problem in a way that was unprecedented. The reporters documented the harassments by wearing kippah and the Star of David, and uncovered the reactions with hidden cameras. https://vimeo.com/119850806/
  • The iScheme

    9NEWS caught an iPhone scheme on camera that targets the homeless and the desperate with promises of quick cash. The news investigation revealed the identity of people who use “credit mules” to get new iPhones at Apple stores so they could be sold for exorbitant profits on the internal market.
  • Most trafficked mammal

    The pangolin -- a little-known, scale-covered mammal -- is thought by scientists to be the most trafficked mammal in the world. Conservationists fear it could go extinct before most people realize it exists. To try to ensure that doesn’t happen, CNN’s John Sutter traveled, at times undercover, to Vietnam and Indonesia to introduce readers and viewers to this loveably introverted creature, and to expose the massive, illegal trade in its meat and scales. Traveling alone, and at times using hidden cameras and recording devices, Sutter met with wildlife traffickers and pangolin in Sumatra, Indonesia. He followed undercover wildlife cops in Hanoi, Vietnam, to a number of restaurants and markets that deal in pangolin products. This work exposed the ease with which pangolin traders are able to operate in these countries, in part because the pangolin has maintained a lower profile than rhinos and elephants. It also helped explain the rise in demand for pangolin scales and meat in Southeast Asia. Sutter’s work also humanized and popularized the pangolin, a creature he described as “elusive, nocturnal, rarely appreciated and barely understood.”
  • Marriage Monopoly

    A hidden camera investigation exposes a judge using her position to monopolize the wedding business in Indianapolis, which resulted in her resignation, sanctions against the judge, and new rules for the courts.
  • Under the Hood: The AAMCO Investigation

    AAMCO, the world’s largest transmission repair chain, pulled its multi-million dollar advertising campaign, retrained more than 700 franchise owners nationwide, conducted thousands of dollars in overdue repairs and now faces a class action lawsuit filed by its own franchisees all as a result of our year-long investigation.
  • Sysco’s Dirty Secret: Outdoor Food Sheds Across U.S. and Canada

    After receiving a tip that seemed too wild to be true, we began weeks of surveillance and hidden camera recordings to expose the hidden food practices of the world’s largest food distributor. As a result of our reporting, the company publicly vowed to make sweeping changes to ensure the safety of its food delivery to millions of people across North America. Our reports also prompted investigations by state, federal and Canadian health officials that are ongoing and are expected to result in significant monetary penalties.
  • Dirty Ice

    The NBC CT Troubleshooters were given some gross pictures of commercial ice machines by a source in the industry. We were told black slime, mold and other kinds of contaminants cover the machines that dispense your ice at fast food restaurants and other eateries. Our insider says it’s caused from a lack of proper maintenance on the machines. We used our hidden camera and took a closer look at food handling practices in Connecticut and what we found was disturbing. Often times, food service employees DO NOT treat ice as food. The story has created a buzz in the food industry and with the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF certifies ice machines for use in restaurants). In its most recent meeting the NSF discussed looking at ice machines that apparently violate NSF regulations and the FDA Food Code by sucking air and microorganisms from the floor drain (and other places) into the ice bin. This air flow defect was newly discovered and is probably the source of much of the contamination in ice machines we found in our investigation.
  • Hansen Files-Supplements

    Dateline NBC exposed how unsafe practices in the booming dietary supplements industry – and lax government regulation – are allowing poisonous products to reach store shelves. Digging deep into government records, product recalls, criminal counterfeiting cases, plus state and federal civil court files, Dateline documented actual examples of dangerous products and falsified test results. In one case, workers at U.S. supplement maker used five-gallon buckets and women’s pantyhose in an attempt to filter suspicious black flecks out of a liquid vitamin supplement bound for retail stores – including GNC. Dateline’s investigation didn’t stop at reviewing records. In a hidden camera sting, Dateline exposed so-called “dry-labbing” – the practice of certifying products without really testing them. Dateline set up its own supplement company, created sample products, deliberately spiked them with poisons, and then hired labs to test them. One lab specializing in supplements missed every poison – and told correspondent Chris Hansen the dangerous products were safe to sell. In spite of these documented threats to public health, federal officials acknowledged that labs that test dietary supplements are neither licensed nor inspected.
  • "Conviction", Dateline NBC

    This is a 10-year hidden camera investigation into a likely case of a wrongful conviction in New York City. Ultimately, our broadcast triggered the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to officially reopen and reinvestigate the case as part of its newly created “Conviction Integrity Unit.” Our investigation may also have led to the identity of the real murder suspect.