"American Greed" profiles cases of business fraud and white-collar crime. I worked on three episodes for the second season of the series: "Scientologists/The Art of Fraud;" "Party's Over: Tyco's Kozlowski;" and "Robbing Hollywood's A-List/Soaking the Rich at Auction." For the Tyco episode, I booked an interview with Dennis L. Kozlowski, the former CEO who sentenced to 25 years in prison for stealing from the company. At the time, this interview was only the second interview that Kozlowski did after starting his prison sentence.
Narco-State: The Poppy Jihad
In "Nacro-State," CNN's Anderson Cooper investigates how drug profits are fueling the Taliban's resurgence and what NATO and U.S. drug enforcement authorities are doing about it. Nacro-State traces the opium journey from poppy flower to addict. In this program, we travel with DEA and Afghan anti-drug officials to Taliban-controlled regions in Afghanistan, introducing viewers to the farmers who grow poppies and the officials charged with stopping them.
The Final Report: Alaska Oil Spill
National Geographic Channel
On the evening of March 29, 1989, the Exxon Valdez supertanker departs for Long Beach, CA, with 53 millions gallons of crude oil in its tanks. It's a seemingly routine operation, but as the supertanker winds its way through Prince William Sound, disaster strikes. The tanker runs aground on Bligh Reef, ripping apart the bottom of the vessel and releasing crude oil into the sound. "The Final Report: Alaska Ooil Spill" examines what was the worst oil spill in American history. This one-hour program reconstructs the events leading to the spill and takes viewers inside the response effort. The program also explores the short-term and long-term consequences of the spill. Interviewees include Joe Hazelwood, captain of the Exxon Valdez.
"Justice Delayed: Anthony Faison and Charles Shepard" is a tale of conspiracy, revenge, and a justice system that was slow to atone for its mistakes. In the early hours of March 14, 1987, a 46-year-old livery cab driver is shot to death outside the Albany Houses in Brooklyn. Based on a statement from Carolyn Van Buren, a crack addict and resident of the projects, police arrest 24-year-old Charles Shepherd and his friend, 21-year-old Anthony Faison. In May 1988, a jury convicts Faison and Shepherd, and the two are sentenced to life in prison. While incarcerated, Faison writes to Michael S. Race, a private investigator and former homicide detective, who quickly concludes that the two could not have committed the crime. With the help of WABC investigative reporter Sarah Wallace and civil rights attorney Ronald Kuby, Race is able to build a case that exonerates Faison and Shepherd and leads to the arrest of the real perpetrator.
Inside Hurricane Katrina
National Geographic Channel
"Inside Hurricane Katrina" is a minute-by-minute chronology of the events leading up to, including, and following Hurricane Katrina. For years, it was widely predicted that a monstrous Category 4 or 5 storm could devastate the Gulf Coast, including the vulnerable city of New Orleans. And yet, when the storm came, the world watched as chaos broke out, people were trapped in their homes, hundreds died, and government failed at all levels. What happened? By interviewing elected officials, disaster experts, journalists on the scene, as well as ordinary citizens who contributed to the relief effort, the special provides context and historical background on the way natural disasters are handled in the United States, and how the response to this hurricane proved catastrophic. In the post 9/11 world, there can be no more urgent question than whether government at all levels--local, state, and federal--is properly prepared to respond to disasters, whether they are natural ones, or terrorist ones.
The Case against Saddam
By any measure, the evidence of Saddam Hussein's guilt is overwhelming- hundreds of mass graves, millions of documents, and the countless anguished memories of the Iraqi people. Now, investigators must build a case based on that evidence to prove his guilt in court, but gathering that evidence is difficult and dangerous work as the on-going insurgency has made much of Iraq off limits. In "The Case agaisnt Saddam," we follow the American-led team of investigators helping the Iraqi investigative judges build that case. Our crew traveled with the investigators as the case took them from Baghdad to a killing field in the northern Iraqi desert to a remote village near the Iranian border. The result is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at an historic trial in the making.
- Kurtis Productions
- Towers Productions
- Court TV
- National Geographic Channel
- The Weather Channel