Margaret Ebrahim

Margaret Ebrahim

Senior Producer
Phone: (202) 885-6355
ebrahim@american.edu

Margaret Ebrahim is senior producer at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. She oversees video, television and film projects, including as a producer for the forthcoming Showtime climate change series, "Years of Living Dangerously," with executive producers James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub.  

Ebrahim is also the senior producer for Investigating Power, a multimedia website with more than 50 short documentaries about moments in history when journalism spoke truth to power. She also co-produced "Lost in Detention," a PBS FRONTLINE/Investigative Reporting Workshop film about immigration detention.

For more than two decades, Ebrahim has been an award-winning investigative producer and journalist focusing on accountability journalism in the nation’s capital and beyond.  Ebrahim was a producer for the CBS News program "60 Minutes II" and the ABC News Brian Ross investigative unit.  She also produced documentaries for the HDNet news and documentary program "Dan Rather Reports," and she was a reporter on the multimedia investigative unit at the Associated Press.

While Ebrahim pursued a master's at American University in Washington, D.C., she helped to build one of the nation’s first nonprofit, investigative journalism groups, the Center for Public Integrity, alongside the organization’s founder, Charles Lewis.  While she was at the center, she won the group’s first award in 1996 from the Society of Professional Journalists for “The Fat Cat Hotel,” an examination of the connection between overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom during the Clinton presidency and financial contributions to the Democratic Party as well as the Clinton re-election campaign.  Ebrahim graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in both Latin American Studies and Spanish. She also has a master's in U.S. foreign policy from the School of International Service at American University.

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Blogs

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Partners

Workshop Partners

We publish online and in print, teaming up with other news organizations. We recently aired "Blackout in Puerto Rico," a co-production of FRONTLINE, NPR and the Workshop. We also recently produced an IRW Interactive, "Nightmare Bacteria: Life Without Antibiotics," a compilation of several programs on antibiotic-resistance done with the FRONTLINE team based at the Workshop and the School of Communication.

Our graduate students are working as researchers and reporters with The Washington Post's investigative team. We recently published stories with the Post on Trump merchandise, police shootings and fired officers.

Over the years, we have teamed with msnbc and later NBC News online to produce our BankTracker series and stories on the economy. We also co-produced the first season of "Years of Living Dangerously," a documentary series and Emmy Award-winning program that aired on Showtime. Learn more on our partners page.

Projects

Investigating Power update

Investigating Power update

Profiles of notable journalists and their stories of key moments in U.S. history in the last 50 years can be found on the Investigating Power site. See Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis' latest video interviews as well as historic footage and timelines. You can also read more about the project and why we documented these groundbreaking examples of original, investigative journalism that helped shape or change public perceptions on key issues of our time, from civil rights to Iraq, here.