Daffodil Altan

Producer & Correspondent

Daffodil Altan is an Emmy-winning director, producer and correspondent for FRONTLINE, PBS’s flagship investigative documentary series. Most recently she directed, produced, and was the correspondent for the Peabody-nominated documentary "COVID’s Hidden Toll" (2020), the latest installment in her award-winning body of work exposing the hidden realities facing low-wage immigrant workers in the U.S., many of whom are undocumented.

She directed, produced and was the correspondent for the Emmy-winning, "Kids Caught in the Crackdown" (2019), a collaboration with the Associated Press that examined the lasting impact on children held in U.S. custody, and "Trafficked in America" (2018), which told the inside story of Guatemalan teens who were forced to work against their will on an Ohio egg farm, and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. She produced and directed the Emmy-nominated, "Rape on the Night Shift" (2015), which investigated the rampant sexual assault of immigrant women at work and led to legislative reform in several states.

She has produced print, radio and television stories for Reveal, KQED, The PBS Newshour, MSNBC, Telemundo, The Los Angeles Times, The OC Weekly, Mother Jones, among others. She has received recognition for her work from the Scripps Howard foundation, Harvard’s Kennedy School, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., The Third Coast Audio Festival, The Society of Professional Journalists, The Los Angeles Press Club and the Imagen Foundation. She is a MacArthur, IDA and Latino Public Broadcasting grantee, and has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she is also a lecturer.

Languages Spoken:

Spanish, English


San Francisco Bay Area, California

Areas of Expertise:

Labor, Immigration, Criminal Justice, Gender

With Renewed Attention on the Border, These 8 Documentaries Illuminate U.S. Immigration Policies Involving Kids
These collected FRONTLINE documentaries chronicle the past decade of immigration policy in America and its varied impacts, offering context for the present moment.
March 31, 2021
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