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Sandra Bartlett

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Sandra joined NPR in 2010 to be part of a newly created Investigative Unit. Within months the team gave NPR a high profile in the investigative journalism world and in the first three years received dozens of awards. Sandra came to NPR from CBC Radio where she worked for more than 20 years. Over that time she was a reporter and producer in both national and foreign assignments. She was part of a team that created a weekend news program and was a member of CBC Radio's Investigative Unit.  In 2007 Sandra co-chaired the Global Investigative Journalism Conference held in Toronto. This involved managing a team of volunteers, writing grant applications, preparing a budget, overseeing visas for participants from developing countries,  as well as determining the venues, the events and the conference schedule. More than 650 journalists from 30 countries came together to share and discuss investigative stories and techniques. 

Sandra Bartlett's Background

Sandra Bartlett's Experience

Investigative Producer, Project Manager at Sandra Bartlett

January 2013

My writing, communication and problem solving skills have been refined over more than 20 years as a journalist. News reporting and producing gave me the ability to think quickly and act calmly in high-stress situations. Investigative work taught me how to plan and execute multiple projects simultaneously, while maintaining a strict adherence to detail and deadlines. I have led investigative projects and am a collaborative team player. My curiosity and thoughtfulness have always led me to timely, surprising and poignant stories. As an interviewer I can be persistent, sensitive and aggressive as the situation requires. I have strong analytical skills, a keen attention to detail and am very well organized. I have spent many years training and mentoring journalists in news and investigative skills, guiding their efforts to produce clear and powerful radio stories. I have given training sessions on investigative techniques at journalism conferences in North America and Europe, most recently at the Columbia School of Journalism.

Producer-Off Air Reporter - Investigative Unit at NPR

2010 - December 2012

Our team put NPR on the investigative map in the United States and won numerous awards. I worked within the investigative team to initiate story ideas, research, analyze documents, find sources, and track down people. I conducted field interviews, wrote and edited scripts and audio. I collaborated with outside partners such as PBS Frontline, ProPublica, the Centre for Public Integrity, the Center for Investigative Reporting, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. These collaborations required time management skills, diplomacy, logistical thinking and the ability to adjust to the demands of all mediums.

National Reporter and Producer at CBC/Radio-Canada

January 1987 - April 2010

In my 20 plus years at CBC I worked as an editor, a reporter and producer. I covered daily news, foreign assignments and special programming. I worked in London, Europe, Israel, Cuba and Pakistan. I created half hour radio documentaries and hour long specials working with national and foreign correspondents. My investigative stories ranged from the dangerous prescribing of mood altering drugs in the elderly, to tax scams that cost the Canadian government hundreds of millions of dollars, to contracting independent testing of Taser stun guns to reveal how little police knew about a weapon they used excessively. My work has received national and international honors, including the Michener award for public service journalism.

Sandra Bartlett's Education

University of Toronto

1992 – 1993

Post-graduate fellowship


University of Regina

Bachelor of Arts and Journalism

Concentration: Journalism


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