Holding the powerful accountable
The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit is home to some of the country's top investigative reporters. The Unit is dedicated to uncovering the truth, holding the powerful accountable and making the Bay Area a better place to live.
Vicky Nguyen’s reporting holds the powerful accountable and has prompted state, federal and international investigations, spotlighted consumer scams, and forced a billion-dollar corporation to admit wrongdoing and change its policies. She’s been recognized with multiple journalism awards including the National Press Club, National Headliner, Edward R. Murrow, SPJ NorCal Journalist of the Year and five Emmy awards. She’s a Bay Area native and graduated as valedictorian from the University of San Francisco. More »
For thirty years, Stephen Stock has covered everything from hurricanes to space shuttles, FEMA to mysterious truck fires. Stephen has won nearly every journalism prize awarded: including the Peabody, DuPont, two National SPJ awards, the Associated Press Mark Twain Award, three Edward R. Murrow awards, three SPJ Green Eyeshades (two Best of TV,) two Florida AP Best in Show, 13 regional Emmys and two IRE Finalists. His work has prompted US Congressional hearings and changed state laws both in Florida and California. More »
Bigad Shaban’s stories have prompted government hearings, police investigations, and changes in state and local law. Bigad has covered flood concerns in Pakistan, and traveled to London to report inside the Olympic Games as a network correspondent. He has consistently been on the front lines of the nation's biggest stories, including the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco, and the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. In 2010, he was the first reporter to break the news of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after the U.S. Coast Guard initially announced no such leak existed. Bigad has been recognized for his work by several news organizations, including the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Louisiana Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association. More »
Jaxon Van Derbeken is an award-winning reporter for NBC Bay Area, with a focus on public safety and enterprise reporting. He joined NBC Bay Area in March of 2016. Prior to joining NBC Bay Area, he reported for the San Francisco Chronicle for nearly 20 years, leading the paper’s investigative and public safety efforts. Among other high profile stories, he has covered the O.J. Simpson case, the Rodney King beating, the Los Angeles riots, Fajitagate and the dog mauling death of Diane Whipple. More »
Liz is an award-winning investigative journalist with the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit. Her reporting holds the powerful accountable and has shaken up government agencies, exposed fraud and altered national policies. Liz’s investigation into the cleanup of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard halted one of the largest redevelopment projects in San Francisco’s history after she uncovered that a Navy contractor faked radiation tests. In 2015 she worked along with senior investigative reporter Vicky Nguyen to expose an outdated US Postal Service policy that instructed employees to call a supervisor instead of 911 in an emergency, which led to the death of a Bay Area employee. The investigation resulted in changes to US Postal policies nationwide. More »
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