Martha Mendoza

Investigative Journalist

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and one-time finalist, Martha Mendoza’s reports have prompted Congressional hearings and new legislation, Pentagon investigations and White House responses. She was part of a team whose investigations into slavery in the Thai seafood business led to the freedom of more than 2,000 men. During her Associated Press career, she’s been based in Mexico City, Bangkok, Silicon Valley, New York and New Mexico and is currently a member of the AP’s Investigative Team. Mendoza studied journalism and obtained a California teaching credential the University of California, Santa Cruz where she has since returned to teach for more than a decade in the Master’s Science Communication program. She was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a Ferris Professor at Princeton University. In 2020 she won an Emmy for a FRONTLINE/PBS collaboration “Kids Caught In The Crackdown.”

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Investigative Reporting

Official Says Vaccine Expected in January, Countering Trump
A Trump administration official leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.S. can expect delivery of a vaccine starting in January 2021, despite statements from the president that inoculations could begin this month.
October 9, 2020
U.S. Medical Supply Chains Failed, and COVID Deaths Followed
When the coronavirus reached America, health care facilities didn’t have the masks and equipment needed to protect their workers. Some got sick and spread the virus. Some died. An investigation into what was behind the critical PPE shortage.
October 6, 2020
Shortages of Key Material Squeezes Medical Mask Manufacturing
Amid an N95 medical-grade mask shortage, manufacturers say the Trump administration took months to sign contracts with companies that make the crucial component inside these masks: meltblown textile.
September 10, 2020
U.S. Bets On Small, Untested Company to Deliver COVID Vaccine
As part of its strategy to administer the vaccine as quickly as possible, the Trump administration has agreed to invest more than a half billion in tax dollars in a young company that hasn’t yet set up a factory to manufacture the devices.
July 10, 2020
Counterfeit Masks Reaching Frontline Health Workers in U.S.
The story of how one brand of counterfeits has infiltrated America’s supply chains illustrates how the lack of coordination amid massive shortages during the coronavirus pandemic has plunged the United State’s medical system into chaos.
May 12, 2020
U.S. International Aid Groups Sending Help Home
Several U.S. charities that traditionally operate in countries stricken by war and natural disaster are now sending humanitarian aid to some of the wealthiest communities in America.
April 10, 2020
U.S. Held a Record Number of Migrant Kids in Custody This Year
New government data shows an unprecedented 69,550 migrant children were held in U.S. government custody over the past year.
November 12, 2019
Kids Caught in the Crackdown
FRONTLINE and The Associated Press investigate the mass confinement of migrant children.
November 12, 2019
Trump Admin Shifting to Privatize Migrant Child Detention
So far, the only for-profit company sheltering kids has former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on the board of its parent company. Kelly supported a policy to separate children from their families, which led to a surge in spending on detaining migrant babies, children and teens.
October 3, 2019
‘I Can’t Feel My Heart:’ Children Separated from Their Parents at US-Mexico Border Showed Increased Signs of Post-traumatic Stress, According to Watchdog Report
Concerns about the mental well-being of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border are well-founded, a report from a government watchdog agency indicates. The report says the separated children have experienced problems including abandonment, guilt and worries about their parents’ well-being.
September 4, 2019
Claims: Migrant Children Molested in US-Funded Foster Care
Close to $200 million in legal claims from dozens of families separated at the border may be just the start of litigation; claims allege some children were sexually assaulted by other children after being sent to federally contracted foster care.
August 16, 2019