About the writers

Andrew Schneider has spent his career uncovering secrets that corporations and the government don’t want you to know — often because they could or are hurting you.

© photo by paul kitagaki Jr.

He broke the story of the asbestos poisoning of Libby, Montana, now infamous as the most deadly environmental disaster in the United States. His reporting led to the criminal indictment of W.R. Grace and some of its top executives — leading to the largest environmental crime case in U.S. history. Schneider also was the first to report that fumes released by heating diacetyl, a butter flavoring used in thousands of consumer products, were destroying the lungs of food factory workers, mom-and-pop confection store owners and chefs across the country.

He documented that seriously ill pilots were being allowed to fly commercial planes because the government looked the other way. He explained why scores of regular people – coal miner’s daughters and cops – were bypassed, and sometimes died, because the organs they were next in line for went to New York diamond merchants and wealthy foreigners. He showed why life flight helicopter rescues sometimes became death flights because competition for patients trumped flight safety. And he disclosed a global honey laundering network that allows adulterated honey from China to be sold to unsuspecting U.S. consumers.

Schneider’s investigative work has been recognized with dozens of journalism awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes.. But even more important, his work at news organizations from coast to coast has earned the trust of government and private sector experts across America, giving him access to stories and documents that make him one of the nation’s leading public health reporters.

Cold Truth is the first place on the Web where news you need to know will appear. Schneider will also post his longer form stories through links alongside the blog. You can send him ideas and tips at: schneider@coldtruth.com

He credits whatever success he has had to many courageous whistle-blowers, dedicated government investigators and that he was allowed to team up with reporters, photographers, artists and editors who care passionately about using their journalistic skills to make a difference.

Schneider is senior public health correspondent for AOL News and lives within sight of Puget Sound with his wife and three very happy Labrador retrievers.

Audio, video and print interviews

Living on Earth

Jan. 30, 2009: The independent media program interviewed Andrew about Honey Laundering, his investigatigation into the lack of controls on imported honey.

All Things Considered

Feb. 26, 2009: NPR interviewed Andrew about the start of the criminal trial over contamination from the W.R. Grace vermiculite mine in Libby, Mont.

Columbia Journalism Review

July 10, 2009 Grace-ful Coverage
Libby asbestos trial highlights the value of robust regional reporting
By Russ Juskalian

Public Broadcasting – Expose

Sept 15, 2009,  The Withering Watchdog by Laura Franks

Kathleen McLaughlin has been a freelance journalist in China since 2002. Now based in Beijing, she works as China correspondent for Global Post (www.globalpost.com), and for BNA, a regulatory and legislative affairs publisher in Washington, DC., Kathy McLaughlinHer stories about China have appeared regularly in the San Francisco Chronicle, Far Eastern Economic Review, Christian Science Monitor and wide range of other news outlets. Before moving to China, she was a political reporter in Montana.
Laura Lundquist mugLaura Lundquist is a graduate student in print journalism at the University Of Montana. A very non-traditional student, she has explored careers in engineering, aviation, genetics and water quality assessment. Her varied background informs her writing, and while she hopes to be a journalist foremost, she wants to specialize in environmental journalism. {Note from Schneider: Laura was one of a team of reporters who covered the entire 2009 criminal trial of W.R. Grace, where she repeatedly amazed me at her ability to listen to hours of legal tap dancing and jargon and quickly cranked out a concise, understandable and entertaining story – on deadline.}
MaryMary Bernton is a public health major at Tulane University. She aspires to be an epidemiologist, and loves research and writing. She is spending the summer as an intern for coldtruth.com while she’s home in Portland, Ore. She wasted no time offering suggestions to make the site better. She can be reached at mbernton@gmail.com.
Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett is a contributing writer and editor for Cold Truth. She has spent the past three decades reporting, editing, reviewing books and freelancing for newspapers, magazines and news websites. Marlowe Hartnett is managing editor of The Food Watchdog and blogs at Type Like The Wind.
Email: kimberly@TheFoodWatchdog .com


In the spirit of full disclosure, which is something that I believe all journalists must undertake, I wish to share the following:

Marion E. Best of Sullivan, Illinois, has graciously agreed to be  my copy editor as often as she can.

All mistakes of a factual nature are mine and  mine alone.

A portion of my travel expenses for covering the USA v. W.R. Grace criminal trial in Missoula, Mont. have been supplied by the generosity of the public health and asbestos victims community. There were absolutely no strings attached.