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Comprising veteran journalists around the world, the AP global investigations team delivers high-impact journalism in all formats. AP’s award-winning investigations have exposed corporate and political misconduct, resulted in the passing of new laws and freed thousands of slaves.

Meet the team:

Ron Nixon is vice president for investigative, enterprise and grants and partnerships. He directs the AP global investigations team. He spearheaded numerous recent award-winning projects, including an investigation into abuses in the palm oil industry that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020. Ron joined the AP in 2019 after nearly 14 years at The New York Times. He is cofounder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a news trade organization increasing the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color. Ron is also a Marine Corps infantry veteran who saw combat in the 1990 Persian Gulf War and was part of the Marine Corps security forces battalion, the security and counterterrorism unit.

Del Quentin Wilber is AP’s Washington investigations editor. He joined AP in November 2022, and worked previously for the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Wilber is an award-winning journalist who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of two books:  A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad and Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan, which was a national best seller. He is working on his third book, American Spectacle, a narrative nonfiction account of the Lindbergh Kidnapping for Simon & Schuster. 

Martha Bellisle is a correspondent on the AP global investigations team based in Seattle. Since rejoining the AP in 2014, she has produced multiple investigative projects focused on police reform, firearms and mental health. Prior to working in Seattle, she was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal. Bellisle's 25-year journalism career has taken her to Alaska, and to AP jobs in Los Angeles and Denver.

Michael Biesecker is a global investigative reporter based in Washington. In more than a decade with The Associated Press, he has covered a wide range of topics, including war crimes, climate change, political corruption and deaths in police custody. Over the years, Biesecker’s investigations have frequently been honored by journalism organizations and resulted in government reforms and criminal prosecutions. His reporting on the systematic abuse of migrant children was part of a 2019 AP series on the Trump administration’s immigrant family separation policy honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the John Seigenthaler Prize for Courage in Reporting and named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. A North Carolina native, Biesecker previously worked at The News & Observer in Raleigh and The Winston-Salem Journal.

Garance Burke is a global investigative journalist with The Associated Press leading a team investigating the impacts of artificial intelligence technologies on our communities. Her investigative journalism has prompted federal investigations, cabinet-level resignations and congressional hearings, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for National Reporting and has been honored with Robert F. Kennedy Journalism, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and national Edward R. Murrow awards. Her collaborative projects on the treatment of migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border were the subject of an Emmy-winning documentary film partnership between AP and Frontline PBS. Burke was a ‘20 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, and previously was on staff at the Mexican financial daily El Financiero and The Washington Post in Mexico City.

Reese Dunklin, based in Dallas, has more than 20 years of investigative reporting experience. He has written about real estate developers’ abuse of little-known special taxing districts, safety mistakes at one of the largest U.S. public hospitals, and lax investigations into sexual abuse among children on U.S. military bases. Among his national awards is the prestigious Livingston Award, which recognizes the country’s top young journalists across all media. Dunklin's winning work came from a series that showed Catholic Church leaders moved abusive priests across international borders to elude authorities and victims. He joined The Associated Press in 2015 after a long stint at The Dallas Morning News.

Joshua Goodman is a Miami-based reporter who previously spent two decades reporting from Latin America.

Lori Hinnant is based in Paris and covers international security and humanitarian crises. She’s worked for The Associated Press since 1999 and has reported from nine countries in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Dake Kang is a Beijing-based investigative reporter and video journalist. He was a Pulitzer finalist for his reporting on the Chinese government's initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has won numerous awards for his coverage of China’s far west Xinjiang region. Kang joined AP as an intern in Philadelphia in 2016 and has reported from New York, Thailand and Ohio. 

Juliet Linderman is a national investigative reporter based in Baltimore. Her work focuses on inequality, government accountability and global supply chains. Prior to joining the investigative team in 2020, she covered the social safety net and domestic policy in Washington. Before that, she was AP’s reporter in Baltimore, where she wrote about criminal justice and social, racial and economic disparities. 

Martha Mendoza is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter covering injustice, corruption and bias. She was part of a team whose investigations into slavery in the Thai seafood business freed more than 2,000 men. Earlier reporting of Mendoza's uncovered a U.S. Army massacre of hundreds of civilians early in the Korean War. Currently based in California, she has worked out of AP bureaus in Mexico City, Bangkok, New York, Silicon Valley and Albuquerque.

Holbrook Mohr’s investigative work has uncovered corruption in a U.S. exchange program for foreign college students, shortcomings in the oversight of abused and neglected children, and problems in the global medical device industry. He also has covered natural disasters, judicial bribery schemes, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, mass shootings and several executions. Mohr is the co-author of “Broken Faith: Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America's Most Dangerous Cults.”

Justin Pritchard is an investigative reporter and editor whose work for The Associated Press has changed laws and policies in areas including child sexual assault, military and airport security, consumer and environmental protection, and self-driving cars. His work has been widely honored, including with two George Polk Awards. Pritchard also has edited from the Olympics and World Cup, and worked as an election night race caller. Prior to joining AP in 2000, he covered Congress, and reported out of Cuba and Southeast Asia. Pritchard is based in Los Angeles.

Mitch Weiss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author. His work has triggered congressional hearings and criminal charges. Weiss has investigated military misconduct, government corruption, white-collar crime, medical devices and the exploitation of poultry workers. An investigation that showed how the charismatic leader of an evangelical church abused congregants -- including children -- became a critically acclaimed book with his colleague, Holbrook Mohr. Weiss is the author of nine books in all. He received the Pulitzer for an investigative series that uncovered the longest string of atrocities carried out by a U.S. fighting unit in the Vietnam War.

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evin Freking has been with The Associated Press since 2005 covering health and veterans issues, California politics, teh White House and now Congress. On the Hill, he covers an array of issues, including judician nominations, ethics and Dodd-Frank repeal efforts. Prior to AP, Freking was Washington correspondent for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Laurie Kellman  is a reporter and editor who has covered Congress and elections for more than two decades. Her focus includes the freshman lawmakers looking to make a mark on Congress. She has covered the presidential campaigns of Bob Dole, Donald Trump, John McCain and George W. Bush, the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton and an assortment of legislation.