Daffodil Altan


Investigative journalist Daffodil J. Altan is an Emmy-nominated producer and correspondent. Most recently she produced, directed and was the correspondent for the FRONTLINE documentaries, Kids Caught in the Crackdown (2019), and Trafficked in America (2018). She also produced the Emmy-nominated FRONTLINE/Univision documentary, Rape on the Night Shift,(2015) which led to legislative reform in California, Oregon and Washington. Previously she was a producer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program, and a producer at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. She has produced and written for  MSNBC, Telemundo, KQED, Reveal, the PBS NewsHour, Univision, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The Associated Press, and the OC Weekly, where she was a staff writer. She has received awards for her work from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, The Third Coast Audio Festival, The San Francisco International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Press Club and the Imagen Foundation. She is a four-time national Emmy nominee and was a 2019 finalist for the Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Reporting. She has received grants for her work from the MacArthur Foundation, the International Documentary Association, Latino Public Broadcasting, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. She has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she is also a lecturer.

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San Francisco Bay Area, California

COVID's Hidden Toll
How the COVID crisis has hit vulnerable immigrants and undocumented workers.
July 21, 2020
Kids Caught in the Crackdown
FRONTLINE and The Associated Press investigate the mass confinement of migrant children.
November 12, 2019
Former Fugitive Pablo Duran Sr. Pleads Guilty in Trafficking Case
Pablo Duran, Sr., a labor contractor who once denied any ties to illicit labor schemes, has pleaded guilty to encouraging illegal entry, one part of a major trafficking plot that compelled Guatemalan teenagers into grueling labor in America.
September 18, 2018
Trafficked in America
The inside story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will on an egg farm in Ohio.
April 24, 2018
1h 48m
Rape on the Night Shift
A joint investigation into the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry.
January 16, 2018